Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting

Learn to build physical stamina as well as analytical and critical thinking skills. Ethical, moral, and personal responsibilities are also critical to success in the health care field.  Health care management skills such as planning, organizing, and coordinating are addressed at the Bachelor's Degree level.

Perform effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary health care team within ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. Work side-by-side with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to gain real-world experience. Eligibility to sit for the NHA-CCMA (Certified clinical Medical Assistant), the CMA-AAMA (Certified Medical Assistant) and RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) exams provide further professional development.

Please view the Medical Assisting course list for details on the curriculum.

Prepare to learn medical assisting skills in accordance with the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

  • Gain skills in general, administrative, and clinical competencies.
  • Perform effectively as a member of a health care team in an ambulatory medical setting.
  • Become aware of the importance of continuing education in the health care field.
  • Integrate and apply economic, financial, and legal theories to the various aspects of health care management.

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Receptionist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Coordinator 
  • Medical Billing Associate
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant
We prepare you to sit for the following certifications:
    Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA-NHA)
    Certified Medical Assistant (CMA-AAMA)
    Registered Medical Assistant (RMA-AMT)
  • National Center for Competency Testing -
    National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA-NCCT)


The Robert Morris University Illinois Medical Assisting Diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
(727) 210-2350

The College of Nursing & Health Studies at Robert Morris University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  RMU requires that students pass a background check, drug screen, and complete the RMU Health Form prior to registering for clinical externships.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting program at Robert Morris University - Chicago/Northern region are satisfied with the education that they receive at RMU, as there is an average 94.04% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants in the Medical Assisting Program may qualify for a Health Care Scholarship of up to $4,500 per year for four academic years at RMU.

An ACT score requirement for this scholarship does apply.

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.