Medical Assisting | Lackawanna College

Medical Assisting

At A Glance

Course work includes classes and hands-on experience in labs and clinicals.

Graduates will continue to see job opportunities as the field is expected to grow by 18% from 2020 to 2030.
Graduates can earn between $29,070 and $48,170, depending on experience.
Offered at Scranton, Hazleton, Lake Region–Hawley, Sunbury and Towanda.

Welcome to Medical Assisting-Certificate Program

If you like working with people and want a career in the medical field, Lackawanna College’s Medical Assisting certificate program may be right for you. This certificate program teaches students office and clinical skills so they can enter the workforce and start making an impact.

Your Career Starts Here

The need for qualified certified clinical medical assistants is growing with the field expecting to grow by 18% over the next 10 years. With a certificate, graduates can perform a variety of tasks including:

  • Help physicians with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

More About the Program

Lackawanna College’s Medical Assisting Certificate program combines medical assisting classes with hands-on experience in labs and clinicals. You will learn from experienced professors and professionals working in this growing healthcare field.

The program is the one of the most affordable in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Tuition and fees will cover books and lab supplies, scrubs, clinical externship, National Health-Career Association (NHA) study guide, NHA practice exams and the certification exam.

The Course Work

The program consists of a combination of cognitive, psychomotor and affective areas of study that include the following subjects:

  • Law and Ethics
  • Communication Skills
  • Keyboarding
  • Electronic Health Record Applications
  • Diagnostic and Procedure Coding
  • Health Insurance and Reimbursement
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Anthropometric Measurements and Vital Signs
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Minor Office Surgery
  • ECG

Program Goals

The goal of Lackawanna College’s Medical Assisting certificate program is to prepare students to enter a high-demand field of healthcare and work in a variety of settings, including physician offices, ambulatory care centers, and other healthcare facilities. This program is designed to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Program Outcomes

Year Retention Graduate Participation Graduate Satisfaction Job Placement Employer Surveys Sent Employer Satisfaction Exam Participation Exam Passage
2022 78.57% 100% 100% 69.23% 100% 100% 100% 92.31%
2021 86.67% 100% 100% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Cumulative 82.76% 100% 100% 70.59% 100% 100% 100% 94.12%

Additional Information

Admissions Requirements

Students must meet admission requirements prior to acceptance, which will be reviewed during the application process.

A high school diploma or GED is required.

After successful completion of the course and clinical practica, you will then be eligible to sit for the National Health-Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.


Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.

The Lackawanna College Medical Assisting certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, 9355-113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709; telephone: 727-210-2350; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 570-504-7958 or email