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  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus
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Are you looking for a meaningful job?
Do you like helping others?
Do you have an interest in health and medicine?
Are you a "people person"?
Are you good at multitasking—switching tasks throughout the workday?
Do you like variety in your job?
Would you like to enter the expanding field of health care?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then medical assisting could be the right career choice for you. Medical assistants enjoy an exciting career, working alongside physicians in medical offices and clinics, to help ensure the best possible care for patients. (source : American Association of Medical Assistants)  

Medical assistants play an integral role in patient care management in many health care settings. HTC’s program prepares you as a multi-skilled professional who effectively performs clinical, laboratory, and administrative duties. With both an aging population and workforce, the demand for health care professionals will continue to increase. HTC can be a great start to a medical assisting career!

The Medical Assisting program at Hennepin Technical College has an average retention rate of 97%, with a 76% job placement rate over the past five years. There are a number of supportive resources that are available to the students so that they can successfully complete the program.



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Labs and Classrooms

HTC provides students real clinical experiences in a simulated laboratory setting. The lab includes both clinical rooms and laboratory areas. The student will learn to perform the entry level skills required for patient care in the clinic and laboratory setting. The student will use the same type of equipment in the lab that they will be using on the job.

Supplies / Tools

  • Scrubs for clinical and lab classes
  • White lab jacket with knitted sleeves
  • White shoes
  • Stethoscope and blood pressure cuff
  • Watch with second hand
  • Paper chart with dividers, available in the Campus Store
  • 3 ring notebook
  • Tab dividers
  • Notebook paper
  • USB flash drive with minimum of 2 GB free space
  • Hennepin Technical College name badge


Entry Requirements

Reference the Medical Assistant program Academic Planning Guide.

Work Environment

Medical assistants held about 483,600 jobs in 2008. About 62% worked in offices of physicians,13% worked in public and private hospitals in the outpatient facilities; and 11% worked in offices of other health practitioners.  Most of the remainder worked in other healthcare industries, such as outpatient care centers, research, and laboratories.

Job Outlook / Gainful Employment

Factors in the growth of this occupation are technological advances in medicine, allowing more disorders to be treated, and a growing elderly population who will most likely need medical attention. In addition, some health care providers are shifting tasks from nurses to medical assistants. This will also increase the demand for these workers.

Most job openings will be in doctors' offices and clinics. Job prospects should be excellent for medical assistants who have formal training or experience.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


Average salary in Minnesota is $15/hr. Visit for detailed information.

Potential Job Titles

Medical Assistant


The Hennepin Technical College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park St. Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Medical Assistant program has developed partnerships with clinical sites to provide the practicum experience for the medical assistant student.

Awards & Certifications

The Medical Assistant program is required to have an advisory committee. HTC's Advisory Committtee includes a nurse practioner, clinic managers, program faculty,  other Hennepin Technical College staff members, current and former students and members from the community at large. The committee meets a minimum of twice per year. The advisory committee advises the faculty on current trends in industry, technology, current courses and new course propsals and curriculum goals.

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