Medical Assistant Program (MDA)

Why Choose NPC's Medical Assistant Program (MDA)?

Prepare for a vocation assisting in a professional medical office. Northland Pioneer College’s medical assistant program (MDA) equips you with the clinical and administrative skills you need to be an invaluable asset in a busy medical office. Graduates of the program are engaged in challenging careers in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health care practitioners.

The NPC medical assistant program meets and in many ways exceeds the Arizona State Board of Medical Examiner training requirements. You can be certain you are gaining the necessary knowledge to succeed in this rapidly growing field.

NPC's Medical Assistant program includes a 160-hour externship, where you actually work in a medical office or hospital setting beside other medical professionals.
Externship opportunities exist in many local communities, and many externship partners offer paid positions to qualified individuals upon completing the externship. Note: The two Clinical Procedure courses and Externship must be completed in sequence, with the first Clinical Procedures course (MDA 124) generally only offered in the fall semester. Check with your academic adviser or the Healthcare Program Coordinator (see Contact Us) for requirements.

About Our Program

When you graduate from the medical assistant program you will be fully prepared to assist with the following medical office tasks:

  • phlebotomy
  • medication administration
  • electrocardiography
  • vital sign measurement
  • physical and specialty exam preparation
  • sterilization and disinfection

The medical assistant program also introduces you to basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, computer software applications, word processing, medical transcription and insurance coding and billing.

Degree/Certificate Options

Choose from these Medical Assistant training options:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree - 64 credits
  • Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) - 45 credits
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CP) - 42 credits

Students may be eligible to acquire the NCMA certification designation from the National Center for Competency Testing upon completion of the core requirements totaling more than 720 contact hours.

Please Note: The MDA degree and certificate programs do NOT lead into the NPC nursing program.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for medical assistants should be excellent through the 2024 decade, particularly for those with formal training. The field is expected to grow 23 percent during this period as the health care industry expands due to technological advances combined with the growth and aging of the population. These factors create a need for medical assistants who handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Arizona mean annual earnings:
(BLS, May 2016)

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Cathy Reed, Secretary to the Dean

White Mountain Campus - Show Low
Ponderosa Center - Rm. 111

(800) 266-7845 ext. 6136
(928) 532-6790

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.