Medical Assisting Partnership



Finding qualified healthcare workers can be difficult, and retaining well-trained employees adds another hurdle. The Mercy College Medical Assistant (MA) Partnership Program is a turnkey solution for recruiting and training the next wave of MAs for your organization and is intended to keep them as reliable team members for years to come.



Program Length


In-Person Skills Labs


Approximate Tuition Cost


Start Dates Per Year: Fall & Spring


Employment Rate Among Graduates1

Meet Our Cohort Partners



“Mercy College has been phenomenal to partner with to bring MA training to the Carroll area. They have made the process very streamlined and easy. Staff is very responsive and open to feedback, and enrollment processes are straightforward and easy to understand.”

— Christina Woerdehoff, RN, BSN, Clinical Educator



“Because Mercy College already had the infrastructure in place and was so helpful in promoting the program, recruiting students, providing enrollment and navigation assistance to the students, it made the process so much easier.”

— Stephanie Neumayer, RN, BSN, Clinical Educator

“St. Anthony has a strong interest in providing training, educational, and professional development opportunities to employees and members of the community. This program has helped to fulfil that mission, while also reaping staffing benefits for the organization. For example, two members of the cohort were preexisting St. Anthony employees looking for career advancement, while the other two members of the cohort were recruited to work at St. Anthony because of the program.”

— Katie Towers, RN, BSN, Director, Education Services


Our team is here to assist your organization every step of the way. We can help determine and identify which model may be best for your organization through a scheduled consultation between our team and your administration. If your marketing team wants more oversight on recruitment initiatives, our team is always open to collaborating on implementing new ideas and creative ways to recruit and promote our partnership and enrollment.

Learn how Mercy College of Health Sciences can transform your workforce by recruiting and training the next wave of MAs for your organization. Think of it like your own custom-made college, designed to build your in-demand clinic workforce.

How much do medical assistants make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a medical assistant in the United States is $18.40 per hour; however, compensation varies according to many factors, including location, work setting, and experience.

How do you become a certified medical assistant?

After completing our one-year medical assistant program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam to earn their certification.

Do I need SAT or ACT scores to enroll?

No, the only requirement for this program is a high school diploma or GED.

How will I complete the required 160 hours of clinical practicum?

Mercy College will work with you to secure 160 hours of clinical practicum with one of our healthcare partners near you. This practicum is very important as it allows students to experience hands-on learning in actual medical offices.

Do medical assistants draw blood? Can medical assistants give shots?

Medical assistants in our program do learn to draw blood and administer shots as needed, however, it depends entirely on their place of employment if they will perform these duties.

Is medical assisting a good career?

Absolutely. Becoming a medical assistant takes only one-year to complete, pays well, is a high-demand healthcare career option and provides fulfilling, meaningful work. You will never be bored with this job — every day is different. Many have found that medical assisting is a great launching pad into other advanced healthcare career fields as they gain more experience.

How is a medical assistant different from a physician assistant?

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks with physician supervision. Physician assistants examine, diagnose and treat patients while working under a physician, who may or may not be on-site.

How hard is the medical assistant certification test?

Mercy College’s medical assistant program touts an impressive 100% pass rate among graduates for the Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions administered in four 40-minute segments. The question categories are general, administrative and clinical.

How much does it cost to complete the medical assisting program?

The Mercy College medical assistant program costs around $11,000. This total tuition cost is divided into three installments charged at the beginning of each of the three semesters of the program. If financing your education is a major hurdle, there are lots of tuition reimbursement and scholarship opportunities for you to explore!

Is the program all online or in person?

The medical assistant program is 100% online instruction; however, there are two in-person skills labs that must be completed in order to graduate.

Where are the medical assistant skills labs located and when do they take place?

The two, six-hour skills labs take place at one of our cohort locations (in Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, or Washington) unless you have enrolled through an external cohort partnership. Mercy College is continuously expanding cohort locations as demand continues to rise across the United States. Skills labs take place in the second and third quarter or the program.

How long does it take to complete the MA program?

Mercy College’s medical assistant program takes one year to complete. This is broken out into four quarters. Our goal at Mercy College is aimed to be as flexible as possible to remove any barriers to higher education, so you can work with your enrollment coach to determine your program trajectory to fit your schedule.

What is online learning like?

The Mercy College online platform hosts discussions boards, educational videos, writing assignments, and other activities to enrich your learning experience — all at the click of your mouse. You can learn more about online learning here.

1. Based on the 2018 graduate class


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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master’s degreesbachelor’s degreesassociate degreescertificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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