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The best time to start in medical assistant school in Minnesota is when the demand is high and the overall demand is expected to grow for the next decade. Which is exactly where the field as a whole is going. We support the CMA field with our latest detailed free resource. We break it all down for you below.

How to become a medical assistant in Minnesota

Minnesota does not require certification for employment. But, they do recommend it and most employers want it. The associations listed here are examples of the multiple certifying agencies out there.

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What the process is for Becoming a Medical Assistant in MN?

Becoming a medical assistant in Minnesota is summarized in the following steps laid out below.

Step 1 – Do you Want to get Certified as a Medical Assistant in Minnesota?

Certification is not mandated by law in Minnesota for medical assistants. But, it is strongly suggested for a few reasons. One is the higher chance of employment and two is the better pay scale (to name a few). That being said, there is work for non-certified MAs in the state and that cannot be discounted.

Step 2 – Do you want to earn an associate’s degree or a certificate?

There are two paths to become a medical assistant in Minnesota in terms of your education. One is earning an associates degree and the other is earning a certificate in medical assisting. Both will get the job done and will work for you and your career. See the differences at the link here.

Step 3 – Take Accredited Training for Medical Assisting in Minnesota

The organizations in charge of overseeing medical assistant training programs in Minnesota include the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). In order for you to become eligible to challenge for certification, you will need to first graduate from a training course that is approved by one of these organizations. Below is the full listings of accredited programs in Minnesota for medical assisting.

Accredited medical assistant schools in Minnesota

Anoka Technical College – Medical Assisting Program
1355 West Highway 10 Anoka, MN 55303-1590
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 2/4/1975
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Lisa Sailor CMA (AAMA), BS
Phone: (763) 576-4084
lsailor@anokatech.edu
www.anokatech.edu

Argosy University – Twin Cities
1515 Central Parkway Eagan, MN 55121-1756
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 2/1/1975
Degrees: Associate
Program Director: Gail Spiegelhoff BA, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: (651) 846-3442
gspiegelhoff@argosy.edu
www.argosy.edu

Central Lakes College – Medical Assisting Program
1830 Airport Rd Staples, MN 56479
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 9/16/2011
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Dawn L Verdon MS, CMA (AAMA), AHI
Phone: (218) 894-5137
dmichel@clcmn.edu
www.clcmn.edu

Century College – Medical Assisting Program
3300 Century Ave North White Bear Lake, MN 55110-1842
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 2/7/1975
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Michelle Louise Blesi CMA (AAMA), MA
Phone: (651) 748-2610
michelle.blesi@century.edu
www.century.edu

Dakota County Technical College – Medical Assisting Program
1300 145th St E County Road 42 Rosemount, MN 55068-2932
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 4/26/1996
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Patrice Marie Nadeau BS MT (ASCP)
Phone: (651) 423-8355
patrice.nadeau@dctc.edu
www.dctc.edu

Hennepin Technical College – Medical Assisting Program
13100 Collegeview Drive Eden Prairie, MN 55347-2600
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/16/2012
Degrees: Associate
Program Director: Cherika de Jesus CMA (AAMA), BS
Phone: (952) 995-1586
Cherika.dejesus@hennepintech.edu
www.hennepintech.edu

Lake Superior College – Medical Assisting Program
2101 Trinity Rd Duluth, MN 55811-3349
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 10/18/2002
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Jennifer Ann St. Arnold CMA (AAMA) , BAN, RN
Phone: (218) 733-5965
j.starnold@lsc.edu
www.lsc.edu

Minneapolis Business College – Medical Assisting Program
1711 County Road B Roseville, MN 55113-4024
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/18/2005
Degrees: Associate
Program Director: Amanda Niebur BA
Phone: (651) 604-4155
alniebur@gmail.com
www.minneapolisbusinesscollege.edu

Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Medical Assisting Program
Luverne Educational Center for Health Careers
311 North Spring St Luverne, MN 561561541
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 4/23/1999
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Lisa M Smith RN, BSN, RMA (AMT)
Phone: (507) 449-2769
lisa.smith@mnwest.edu
www.mnwest.edu

National American University-Roseville – Medical Assisting Program
1550 Highway 36 W Roseville, MN 55113-4035
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Bloomington, MN
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/20/2009
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Chiquita Gary BS, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: (612) 263-3771
cgary@national.edu
www.national.edu-Roseville

Pine Technical & Community College – Medical Assisting Program
900 4th Street SE Pine City, MN 55063-1738
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/21/2014
Degrees: Associate
Program Director: Kathy Daniels AAS, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: (320) 629-4518
danielsk@pine.edu
www.pine.edu

Ridgewater College – Medical Assisting Program
2101 15th Ave Northwest PO Box 1097 Willmar, MN 56201
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 4/24/1984
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Cherie M. Miller AAS, LPN, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: (320) 222-7571
Cherie.miller@ridgewater.edu
www.ridgewater.edu

Riverland Community College – Medical Assisting Program
1900 8th Avenue NW Austin, MN 55912
Status: Initial
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/17/2017
Degrees: Diploma
Program Director: Laura Lee Beasley RN, MSN, CMA (AAMA)
Phone: (507) 433-0676
Laura.Beasley@riverland.edu
www.riverland.edu

South Central College – Medical Assisting Program
1920 Lee Blvd North Mankato, MN 56003-2504
Satellite Locations/Multiple Campuses
Faribault, MN
Status: Continuing
Initial Accreditation Date: 3/15/2013
Degrees: Associate
Program Outcomes
Program Director: Cristen M. High CMA (AAMA), MS, AHI (AMT)
Phone: (507) 389-7332
cristen.high@southcentral.edu
www.southcentral.edu

Rasmussen College (Blaine)
3629 95th Avenue NE Blaine, Minnesota 55014
ABHES ID#: MA-439
Phone: (763) 795-4720
Fax: (763) 795-4721
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2012
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2019
Contact Details: Ms. Patty Sagert, Campus Director
Email: patty.sagert@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-Blaine

Rasmussen College (Bloomington)
4400 West 78th Street Bloomington, Minnesota 55435
ABHES ID#: MA-449
Phone: (952) 545-2000
Fax: (952) 545-7038
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2013
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2020
Contact Details: Mr. Adam Farm, Campus Director
Email: adam.farm@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-Bloomington

Rasmussen College (Brooklyn Park)
8301 93rd Avenue North Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
ABHES ID#: MA-450
Phone: (763) 493-4500
Fax: (763) 425-4344
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2013
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2023
Contact Details: Ms. Naomi Mogard, Campus Director
Email: Naomi.Mogard@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-BrooklynPark

Rasmussen College (Eagan)
3500 Federal Drive Eagan, Minnesota 55122
ABHES ID#: MA-451
Phone: (651) 687-9000
Fax: (651) 687-0507
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2013
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2023
Contact Details: Mr. Doug Gardner, Campus Director
Email: doug.gardner@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-Eagan

Rasmussen College (Lake Elmo)
8565 Eagle Point Circle Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
ABHES ID#: MA-502
Phone: (651) 259-6600
Fax: (651) 259-6601
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2015
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2019
Contact Details: Mr. Doug Gardner, Interim Campus Director
Email: doug.gardner@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-LakeElmo

Rasmussen College (Mankato)
130 Saint Andrews Drive Mankato, Minnesota 56001
ABHES ID#: MA-446
Phone: (507) 625-6556
Fax: (507) 625-6557
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2013
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2023
Contact Details: Ms. Kathy Sanger, Campus Director
Email: Kathy.Sanger@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-Mankato

Rasmussen College (St. Cloud)
226 Park Avenue South Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301
ABHES ID#: MA-452
Phone: (320) 251-5600
Fax: (320) 251-3702
Medical Assisting – Diploma (Blended)
Initial Year Accredited: 2013
Currently Accredited Through: February 28, 2022
Contact Details: Ms. Naomi Mogard, Interim Campus Director
Email: Naomi.Mogard@rasmussen.edu
www.rasmussen.edu-StCloud

Step 4 – Finish your individual clinical training hours in MN

Once you complete your program it is also mandated in the state of Minnesota that you complete your clinical training before you can sit for the licensing examination.

You will not be able to challenge any certification test unless you have completed all of the required hours.

Step 5 – Pass the Medical Assistant Certification Test in Minnesota

Medical assistants in Minnesota need to pass one of the five national certification examinations in order to finish their certification. If you are looking for more detailed information about what the exam is about, how to prep for it and other details about it, click here.

Medical assistant salary and jobs in MN

There’s a very high need for medical assistants throughout the United States and in Minnesota. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 18% growth in the State of Minnesota through 2024. Below you will find a listing of the largest metropolitan areas in Minnesota and further info on medical assistant salary by location and county.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.99$15.17$21.78
Yearly$22,870 $31,540 $45,310
MinnesotaHourly$13.44$17.89$23.42
Yearly$27,960 $37,210 $48,710
Rochester, MN MSAHourly$15.73$19.19$24.34
Yearly$32,720 $39,920 $50,630
Grand Forks, ND-MN MSAHourly$13.51$18.57$23.46
Yearly$28,110 $38,620 $48,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSAHourly$13.84$18.09$23.47
Yearly$28,790 $37,620 $48,820
Mankato-North Mankato, MN MSAHourly$13.35$17.34$22.98
Yearly$27,770 $36,070 $47,800
St. Cloud, MN MSAHourly$13.90$17.21$21.62
Yearly$28,910 $35,800 $44,960
Duluth, MN-WI MSAHourly$12.47$16.92$21.87
Yearly$25,940 $35,180 $45,480
Southeast Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$10.24$16.51$20.33
Yearly$21,300 $34,350 $42,290
Northeast Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$10.76$16.48$20.39
Yearly$22,390 $34,270 $42,420
Northwest Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$12.34$16.31$19.23
Yearly$25,670 $33,930 $40,000
La Crosse, WI-MN MSAHourly$10.94$15.81$19.21
Yearly$22,750 $32,880 $39,960
Fargo, ND-MN MSAHourly$12.13$15.63$19.81
Yearly$25,220 $32,500 $41,190
Southwest Minnesota (BOS)Hourly$11.61$14.49$18.46
Yearly$24,160 $30,130 $38,400

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