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Astute and empathetic? Get your Medical Assistant certificate.

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Transform your love for helping people into a thriving career.

A Medical Assistant certificate will provide you with the administrative and clinical skills to prosper in the fast-paced field of healthcare. You’ll experience valuable internships in a variety of settings, including local clinics, hospitals and ambulatory centers. Plus, our flexible evening courses allow you to get work in your desired field while finishing your degree.*

Ensign College offers 2 degree options for the Medical Assistant area of study: 1) Certificate combined with general education courses into a transferable AS degree; or 2) Stand-alone certificate. Each option equips you with the valuable skills employers want, so you can get to work right away (and continue your education while you get paid!)

You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

Ensign College programs are designed to prepare students to be capable and trusted disciples with market-ready skills. The College programs are not designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation in Utah or in any state, country or territory.

*Over the past 5 years, the medical assisting program has retained 68% of students and has graduated 217.

If your goal is to get a transferable, skills-based degree, you’re in the right place. Any certificate can be combined with general education courses to create your AS degree.

Seeking to expand your job-related skills to broaden career options? Strengthen your resume by including two certificates in your degree. Or, discover new interests by choosing one certificate and exploring elective credits. Are you a Pathway student interested in attending Ensign College? Those earned credits can be transferred to your AS degree as electives.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll graduate with the technical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that employers look for, so you can secure a career and excel.

Interested in continuing your education after you graduate? No problem. Your regionally-accredited AS degree, which includes the credits from your selected certificate(s), can be transferred to a 4-year institution.

Core Curriculum34 credits34 credits34 credits
Certificate(s)15 credits15 credits16-29 credits
Electives11 credits0-6 credits
TOTAL60 credits64 credits50-69 credits
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Get a stand-alone certificate
Are you looking for the fastest option to gain marketable skills, so you can get a competitive job without a 2- or 4-year degree? Ensign College offers a certificate only option, which allows you to obtain a stand-alone standard certificate in just one semester (15 credits). Stand-alone certificates can be completed in just 2 semesters (16-29 credits). So you can get to work fast in the field of your choice, with the potential for further education later.
The Medical Assisting program at Ensign College has a retention rate of 76.36% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2017, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program.


Have you laid out your course sequencing yet? It’s essential that you meet with your academic advisor first thing to ensure that you stay on track. Accumulating too many credits will not only affect your eligibility for financial aid, but also your ability to transfer to another school. So don’t wait. Set yourself up for success by mapping out your required courses from the beginning.

You can reach your academic advisor through the Student Development Center at or 801-524-8151.

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Schillene Bigelow
Program Chair - Health Professions
B.S., Health Care Administration, University of Phoenix, 2012

Office 801-524-1992
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