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Basic Certificate in Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services

20,455 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 52% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.4% of medical assisting graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Medical Assisting Majors

In 2018-2019, 20,455 earned their basic certificate in medical assisting. The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in medical assisting at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 48,726
Associate’s Degree 28,714
Basic Certificate 20,455
Bachelor’s Degree 1,271
Master’s Degree 475

Earnings of Medical Assisting Majors With Basic Certificate

We are unable to calculate the median earnings for medical assisting majors with their basic certificate due to lack of data.

Student Debt

The data on debt ranges for medical assisting majors who have their basic certificate is not available.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their basic certificate in medical assisting. About 82.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,610
Women 16,845
Gender Diversity of Basic Certificate in Medical Assisting

The racial-ethnic distribution of medical assisting basic certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 652
Black or African American 3,481
Hispanic or Latino 5,695
White 8,217
International Students 81
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,329
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Assisting Basic Certificate Students

Below are some popular majors that are similar to medical assisting that offer basic certificate.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Nursing & Nursing Assistants 46,750
Allied Health Professions 22,739
Health/Medical Admin Services 16,402
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 9,861
Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 7,071


*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

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