Join the fast-growing field of medical assistants. Medical assistants have a wide range of skills. They’re good communicators. They have a knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They have experience working in the lab, clinic and medical office. At Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN we believe learning is best accomplished by doing. In our medical assisting program, you’ll be encouraged to participate in hands-on clinical experience. This is what gives our medical assisting graduates an advantage during their job search.

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Skills & Knowledge

  • Math required to prepare medications
  • Lab tasks: perform simple lab tests, give immunizations
  • Clinical tasks: record patients’ vital signs, take health histories and update electronic medical records, help doctors during exams
  • Administrative tasks: schedule patient appointments, answer phones

Plan Your Education

The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Program Guide

Program Features

  • LSC’s medical assistant program is accredited and affordable.
  • You can be certified to work in any state. Medical assistants can pass a certification exam that’s recognized across the country, as opposed to a license that’s only good for one state.
  • Medical assistant jobs are expected to increase by 23 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is faster than average growth.
  • You’ll work regular hours. Working at a clinic means you can only work when the clinic’s open. Depending on the place of employment, medical assistants work occasional nights and weekends, yet fairly regular hours.
  • Earning a medical assistant credential is considerably shorter than some heath care degrees (the program can be completed in one year).

Medical Assistant Pass Rates

Medical Assistant Pass Rates


Year of Graduation Total # of Program Graduates Total # who took an exam Total # of Exam Passers Exam Pass Rate of All Graduates
2017 13 11 9 82%
2016 18 17 17 100%
2015 12 12 9 75%

“I take care of people one-on-one as a medical assistant. I love to share my compassionate and caring side with both adults and children.”

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Medical Assistant Alum with otoscope
Dana CarlsonAlum/Medical Assistant Program
“In one year, LSC’s medical assistant program gives you an overview of the medical field, from the scheduling and record-keeping to working and communicating with patients.”

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Meghan Selhorst, alumna, Medical Assistant
Meghan SelhorstAlum/Medical Assistant Program
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Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree. Starting Fall 2018, LSC will charge the same rates regardless of a student’s state of residence. Non-Minnesota residents will pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota residents.

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

The medical assistant degree may be completed in 1 year if prerequisites are complete.

Gainful Employment

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Doctor's assistant
  • Clinical assistant
  • Medical office assistant
  • Ophthalmic technician
  • Optometrist assistant

Duluth Median Wage


Minnesota Median Wage


US Median Wage


Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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Employer Satisfaction

Of the medical assistant employer’s who returned surveys in 2018, there was a 100% satisfaction.

Job Placement

Of the medical assistants who returned surveys in 2018, there was a 73.68% job placement.


The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).


Graduates of the Medical Assistant program at Lake Superior College are satisfied with the education they receive at Lake Superior college, as there is an average 100% graduate satisfaction rate over the past five years.  In addition, the five year employer satisfaction rate is 100%.

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