Medical Assisting Diploma

Prepare to begin your career in the medical field with a medical assistant diploma.

Harrison College’s medical assisting diploma is designed for students like you who want to quickly gain a competitive edge and start a new career in the growing health care industry.

In as few as 14 months, you could be eligible for certification by one of four organizations offering credentialing exams for medical assisting. As you train to become a medical assistant, you’ll learn valuable skills that help keep health care facilities running smoothly in the front office, lab, and operating room.

With in-class learning opportunities paired with clinical practicum externship opportunities in a physician’s office or ambulatory care facility, our medical assisting program helps our graduates potentially earn higher wages than high school graduates who have moved into the same position based on only on-the-job training or tenure.

Harrison’s medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) — the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.

Learn more about medical assisting by downloading our Medical Assisting Program sheet.

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About Medical Assisting

Medical assistants work in both the front and the back of the office, and typical duties include assisting physicians in minor surgeries, performing laboratory tests, assessing vital signs, administering medication, operating an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine and performing other therapeutic methods prescribed by physicians.

Medical assisting is one of the newest and fastest growing healthcare occupations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the career has an annual growth rate of more than 31 percent.

Why Earn Your Medical Assisting Diploma?

Harrison currently offers a diploma in medical assisting, which prepares students for entry-level positions in the medical field. The diploma can be attained in just 62 credit hours. Because the program is accredited by CAAHEP—you will be eligible to take medical assisting certification exams after completing the program, which further empowers you to find a competitive job.

What Are Some Factors You Should Consider?

Area of Specialization

Medical assisting salaries vary considerably according to the medical field in which you specialize and the diploma that you hold. However, according to a recent survey by the American Association of Medical Assistants, 94 percent of full-time employed medical assistants receive a benefit package from their employer. In addition, the average credentialed medical assistant earns more than those not credentialed.


Our medical assisting program allows graduates to potentially gain higher wages than high school graduates who have moved into the same position based on only on-the-job training or tenure.

Geographical Considerations

The top five paying states for medical assistants are–in order of rank–Alaska, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Washington and Hawaii. The lowest paying states are not identified.

Above information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salary & Employment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage for medical assistants in May 2012 was $29,370. Employment is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022.

The medical assisting career field has been around since 1956 but job growth in this sector has risen rapidly since 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physician offices are looking to hire more cross-trained medical assistants who can perform both front- and back-office work, making medical assisting an in-demand field. As a CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program, Harrison is committed to providing the means for you to earn an education that leads to a career, not just a job.

Career Certification

With the rise in demand for medical assistants, various organizations have attempted to standardize competency in the medical assisting career. Harrison College graduates of the Medical Assisting program are eligible to be certified by one of four organizations listed below, with 75% of graduates selecting and passing one of these certification exams. Certification preference sometimes varies by region and practice.

Graduate and Employer Satisfaction

Harrison College is proud to present the five-year weighted average for graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction with the Medical Assisting program. The survey outcomes for the campuses listed below are based on the most recent Annual Report submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  The five year weighted averages for each campus well exceed the 80% threshold.

Five Year Average Graduate Satisfaction Employer Satisfaction
Campus >=80% Threshold >=80% Threshold
Anderson, IN 100% 100%
Columbus, IN 100% 100%
Columbus, OH 100% 100%
Evansville, IN 100% 100%
Fort Wayne, IN 100% 97%
Indianapolis-Downtown 100% 100%
Indianapolis-East 100% 100%
Lafayette, IN 100% 98%
Online 100% 100%
Terre Haute, IN 100% 100%

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"Harrison has a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone here makes you feel like this is where you need to be." JaQuita, Medical Assisting
JaQuita, Medical Assisting