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Medical Assistant

Admissions Requirement: All students applying to the Medical Assistant program must submit to a criminal background check at the student’s expense. Mitchell Technical Institute has partnered with CastleBranch to complete your background check. You will need to create a username and password. Details are available from the Admissions office. Please click here to begin the process

Applicants will also be required to verify that they have no physical limitations which would prohibit them from performing the tasks of a typical medical assistant. Click here for more information on the physical requirements.

Immunization Requirements:  Some immunization requirements may have to be met before entrance to certain clinical sites.  See the Instructor for details.

Computer Requirements: This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory - 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech

Program Graduation Requirements:  It is the goal of this program to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession. To achieve that goal, students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all technical courses as a prerequisite to MA 250 Clinical Externship.  Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in their clinical externship in order to graduate.

Licensure Disclosure: Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam with the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam with the American Medical Technologists (AMT). South Dakota, along with most states, does not require licensure to practice as a medical assistant. For information regarding practicing as a medical assistant in other states, please visit the AAMA website:

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states:  North Dakota, Washington.

Licensure is not required in the following states, although MA certification is often recommended: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Mitchell Technical College has made no determination that our program's curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure (if required) in the following states: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.

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