In this article we’ll break down the cost of a few different types of medical assistant programs. Information includes trade school certificate programs, diploma, and associate’s degree programs. We’ll also note some of the costs for certification examinations after you graduate from your program.

Cost of Common Medical Assistant Programs

The costs listed below are common ranges and can depend on which U.S. state you’re studying in and the school you choose.

  • Medical Assistant Certificate – A three month medical assisting trade school certificate program can cost between $1,200-$4,200. The same program at a local college may cost $2,500-$10,000.
  • Diploma in Medical Assisting –  1 year medical assistant diploma program may cost between $15,000 and $24,000.
  • Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting – 2 year Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting can cost between $30,000 and $50,000.

If you qualify for financial aid the costs listed above could be reduced substantially. Read about financial aid for medical assistant training.

Prices may also vary depending on whether you’re taking classes on-campus or online. The cost can also differ depending on whether or not you are a resident of the state the school is located in. Find a medical assistant program near you now.

Additional Medical Assistant Certification Costs

There are few additional costs involved with medical assisting programs aside from school supplies and classroom materials. However, one extra cost is the certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants

“If you are a member of the AAMA or a CAAHEP or ABHES completing student or recent graduate, your fee is $125. All others pay $250. If your credential has expired, you will pay an additional $50 reactivation fee.”AAMA

Use the application to connect with an accredited medical assistant program near you or online.

AAMA Certification Test

The AAMA medical assistant certification exam includes 200 multiple-choice questions and you’ll take it in four 40-minute parts. It’s a difficult exam that requires a complete and current understanding of the medical assisting procedures you’ll learn at an accredited school. Try our AAMA CMA practice exam.

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