Become a medical assistant in only 12 months. No degree required!

If you need a quick way to get into a health care job, medical assisting might be right for you. The program starts a new cohort of students each fall, with clinical experience taking place in the summer of the following year.

Medical Assistants:

  • Work directly with patients in a physician's office or urgent care.
  • Work typically Monday through Friday hours. 
  • Perform medical tests.
  • Prepare and administer medications.
  • Assist with patient exams, and more.


How to get started
  1. Complete an inquiry form to learn more about the program or request a meeting with the program director.
  2. Download the application to the program.
  3. Then, upload the application here.
  4. Learn more about financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 

Lakeland's medical assisting graduates are then eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant, known as a CMA. 

Contact our program director to find out how to become a medical assistant and join this growing and caring profession.

Technical Standards for Medical Assisting Students

Students pursuing a certificate in medical assisting are admitted based on their academic dimension. In addition, learners must possess virualy, auditory, tactile and motor abilityes to allow him/her to perform their required duties. Review our technical standards here.


"I knew that I wanted to help people. I knew that I loved the human body and I wanted to be more interested in it. So, I knew I needed to go to school to learn about health care. I want to work with people, so I looked into being an MA. And all I can say is that I'm so happy that I did this, because not only did I learn hard skills like learning how to do blood pressure, and more with billing and all that. But I also learned soft skills. I learned how to talk to people. I was very nervous before I started here."
- Ianny


"I began my journey pursuing a degree in early childhood education. However, about two years ago I got a feeling that I should be doing something else. So I started taking a couple of health care classes, like medical terminology, and I LOVED it and my grades reflected it. I applied to the medical assisting program and I just found my place. My professor, Denise Lash, was so supportive and my classmates were awesome! I will be finishing in August (2020) and hope to work for Cleveland Clinic so if I want to go further in health care, I have my foot in the door in a good hospital."
-Julie Brown

For Currently Enrolled Students

Layce Artman I graduated with my associate degree from Lakeland while at the same time graduating as Valedictorian from high school. I plan to attend the Holden University Center to complete my bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Layce Artman College Credit Plus

Michelle Timms One thing I really love about Lakeland and being in the honors program is that the teachers have small classes and they are very devoted to their students. My friends at four-year institutions are taking the same intro classes that I am, but in large lecture halls with a lot more students. Michelle Timms Associate of Arts

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