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Associate of Applied Science

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I can honestly tell you that I would much rather have a Baker graduate….They have exceeded my expectations.
Amy Ensign Medical Assistant Coordinator, Major Southeast Michigan Hospital

Medical assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession in which you work primarily in ambulatory settings, such as medical offices and clinics.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn how to function as a member of the health care delivery team and perform both administrative and clinical procedures.
  • Be fully prepared to take the national certifying exam. Passing this exam earns the credential, CMA (Certified Medical Assistant).

Accreditation/Approval/Certification Status
External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Medical Assistant programs at the Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Cass City, Clinton Township, Coldwater, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, Owosso, and Port Huron campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP),, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756 Phone: 727-210-2350, Fax: 727-210-2354, on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL, 60606-2930, (312) 899-1500.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Career Facts

  • The average salary for Medical Assistants is $29,060.
  • It’s one of today’s fastest growing occupations.
  • Employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 35 percent by 2016.
  • About 62% of Medical Assistants work in physician’s offices.
  • Duties vary depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty.
  • While some jobs exist for Medical Assistants without certification, those with formal training and certification that verifies their ability to meet specific and recognized competence standards, have many more opportunities.
  • Medical Assistants can become certified in a specialty, such as Podiatry, Pharmacology, or Ophthalmology.
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