Medical Assistant Program

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Grand Rapids Community College’s Medical Assistant program will prepare you to perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly. The goal of the program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The course combines classroom lecture, group activity, simulation learning, and a competency-based externship experience. You will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant national certification exam through American Medical Technologists. The exam fee is included in the tuition. Come to an information session to learn more about the program.  You must be 18 years or older to enter this program.

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You will learn

  • Billing and Coding
  • Telephone Triage Skills
  • Phlebotomy
  • Obtaining Vital Signs and Administering Injections
  • Electrocardiography and CLIA Waived Testing


Our program articulates for transfer to Davenport University for the following programs/credits:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Pre-Licensure 39 credits
  • BS Health Services Administration 30 credits
  • BS Medical Case Management 30 credits
  • ABA Business Administration BS Health Services Administration 30 credits
  • AAS Medical Assisting 30 credits

Program Cost 2020/21: $7,998

GRCC Licensure Pass Rates

Tuition includes

  • Criminal Background Check fee
  • Computer Competency Assessment 
  • RMA National Certification Exam fee
  • American Heart Association BLS CPR and Heartsaver First Aid
  • Course Course textbooks
  • Uniform
  • Stethoscope
  • Learning lab resources
  • Facilities Maintenance Fee

Tuition does not include

  • Required Immunizations that the participant may need to complete
  • WorkKeys NCRC assessment fee
  • Time piece (watch or fob) with a second hand

Scholarships Available

We are pleased to be able to offer the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship to eligible students in the Medical Assisting program. Several scholarships will be made available, and each student could be awarded up to $3,000. For more information and directions on how to apply, attend a Healthcare Information session or contact our office (616) 234-3800.

Program Dates/Schedule:

July 29, 2020 – Feb 5, 2021 M-Th and Friday Sept 11, 2020.

Introduction to Medical Assistant    July 29 – 30, 2020          

Classroom Learning Phase I (Monday-Thursday)  August 3 – December 17, 2020  


September 7                                               Off

October 12-15                                            Off

November 23-26                                        Off

December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021     Off for Holiday break

Class will meet Friday, September 11

Practicum January 4 – February 5, 2021

Program Completion (3:30 - 6 p.m.) and Graduation Ceremony (6 p.m.)    February 11, 2021                                     

Two available section times:  8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and classes are held Monday – Thursday.  Sections fill on a first come first serve basis and will be held to strict tuition due date deadlines. 

The 772 hour program is designed to take 22 weeks to complete.


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