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Students in the NECC Medical Assistant Certificate program practicing phlebotomy procedures.
If you are seeking a career in health care that combines working directly with patients with administrative duties, the Medical Assistant Certificate evening program at NECC is for you. Job prospects are excellent and expected to grow.

Why Choose NECC?

With the Medical Assistant Certificate – Evening program, you will be prepared to seek a job when you graduate. You’ll learn how to take medical histories and vital signs, draw blood, and assist physicians with other outpatient care tasks. You will also be able to apply your credits to earn an associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization. (Some of our students do both and get great jobs while continuing their education!) With this program, you will:

  • Learn about physical assessment, diagnostic procedures, and surgical techniques
  • Master communication skills and medical terminology critical to direct patient interaction in the office, on the phone, and online
  • Gain real-world experience through a medical assisting practicum

Because of NECC

You will be prepared to work in a variety of health care environments, and be qualified to take the national certification exam. After successfully completing the Medical Assistant Certificate you can:

  • Take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) qualifying exam
  • Work in physician offices, outpatient care facilities, hospitals, clinics, nursing care facilities, and related environments
  • Transfer your credits to earn you Associate Degree in General Studies: Health Specialization


Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Medical Assistant – Evening Program Pathway.


By Email or Phone

Cheryl Charest Program Coordinator 978-655-5870

In Person

In Person

Come to an upcoming information session on either the Lawrence or the Haverhill campus and get all of your questions answered.

Stop by one of our Lawrence or Haverhill campus Career Planning and Advising Centers and meet with an enrollment counselor.

Additional Information



The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 35 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL, 60601, 312-553-9355 upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants – Endowment (CCRB-AAMAE).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-235

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

The Medical Assisting program at Northern Essex Community College has a five-year retention rate of 92.11% for the years 2018-2022.

Additional Program Costs

Required Documents

Criteria Packets
Technical Standards

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