Medical Assistant

Channel your passion for helping people into a rewarding career as a medical assistant


The UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate program is an intensive and comprehensive course of study that offers students the opportunity to start an exciting new career or enhance an existing one in about six months. 

The UNLV Medical Assistant program has been designed in part by medical assistants and leading experts in the industry. It focuses on the skills needed to become a valued hands-on medical assistant professional. These much sought-after working skills form the core of the UNLV Medical Assistant Program.

This program was developed specifically for the working professional and offers classes with continuous support found in no other medical assistant program. Course materials include online access available only to students enrolled in the UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate program. By the end of the course, students will have studied all the important concepts and will have hands-on practice of all the competencies required to become a medical assistant.

This program will enable you to develop your skills rapidly and effectively to meet your specific career goals by focusing on essential concepts and skills most in demand by health care providers. Our goal is to provide you with the practical information and experience you need to enter the marketplace.

If you are passionate about helping people, you will find a career as a medical assistant truly rewarding. As a graduate of the UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate program, you will be
qualified to work in

  • Private physician offices
  • Medical clinics
  • Medical labs
  • Specialized medical organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Medical research organizations
  • Office of other medical organizations

In less time than you think, you could become an important part of a medical team.

Program Overview

This program is unique in its structure and content. It offers students a high-quality, effective educational experience in every aspect of medical assistant studies at an affordable cost. The UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate is a comprehensive 6-month program. This skills-based program will prepare you to become a medical assistant without spending years to change professions. It will provide you with the skills necessary to function at a high level within the health care arena and to enter the marketplace quickly. Students should have a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in the program, and are expected to have basic word processing skills and be comfortable navigating the Internet. Students will also need daily access to the internet and have access to a printer.

Why Choose UNLV for your Medical Assistant Education?

UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate offers a thorough, hands-on education at a fraction of the cost of other programs. The UNLV Medical Assistant Certificate is able to accomplish this because we concentrate on required skills you will use on a daily basis!

Nevada Medical Assistant License or Certificate Requirements

The state of Nevada does not require medical assistants to have a license or a certificate. However, employers prefer to hire experienced individuals who have medical training in necessary skills over those who don’t. 

Medical Assistant Responsibilities 

Medical assistants keep the work flow going in all areas of a medical office, clinic, or organization, allowing physicians to focus on their vital work for the patient. The medical assistant is responsible for

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Patient reception and seating
  • Bookkeeping and basic accounting
  • Insurance billing and coding
  • Maintaining, sorting, and filing records
  • Preparing patients for examination
  • Explaining treatment or procedures to patients
  • Assisting the physician during the examination
  • Administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Performing cardiac, pulmonary, and visual screening tests
  • Changing wound dressings
  • Arranging instruments and equipment
  • Restocking supplies and medication samples

Registration & Fees

The registration fee includes books, online student chat room, interactive study guides, support website, scrubs and materials, and CEUs. Program has an optional 160-hour externship for those students who want to pursue on-the-job training.

Financial assistance resources are available.

Class Schedule

Students are required to complete the Medical Assistant course to earn 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).    

Program Class Location

Shadow Lane Campus

The UNLV Shadow Lane Campus—located on the corner of Charleston Boulevard and Shadow Lane—is in the heart of the city’s medical district.

At full build-out, the 18.2 acre campus will support nearly 420,000 square feet of advanced training and research space. Shadow Lane features the latest medical simulation equipment and high-tech classrooms.

Financial Assistance Available


Learning Outcomes: 
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