Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this a diploma or degree program?

A: At CPCC, all students who successfully complete the program will receive a diploma in medical assisting, which makes them eligible to take the national exam for Certified Medical Assistant, administered by the American Association of Medical Assistants, and earn the CMA (AAMA) credential.

Some students then elect to continue their education to earn an associate degree (A.A.S).  However, the employment opportunities and earning potential is essentially the same for both the diploma and associate degree.


Q: What kind of work does a medical assistant perform?

Q: Is the CPCC Medical Assisting program accredited?

Q: What are the employment prospects for a trained Medical Assistant?

Q: What kinds of jobs are available to a medical assistant?

Q: What do medical assistants earn?

Q: How long does the training take?

Q: When and where are classes scheduled?

Q: Will I get hands-on training?

Q: What happens if I do poorly in a course?

Q: What is the cost of the Medical Assisting program?

Q: Am I too old to start a new career?

Q: If I am interested in applying to CPCC's Medical Assisting program, what is my next step?