Career Outlook

Becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) following graduation from Kino College shows employers you are serious about your career. It shows you have a proven level of knowledge and a dedication to the profession. The number of employers who are seeking national certification is on the rise. More and more employers say they increase pay when an employee earns certification. (Source: NHA’s 2020 Industry Outlook). NHA certification is recognized by employers across the country.

The most important characteristic needed to become a medical assistant is to have a compassionate, caring nature. Kino College’s Professional Medical Assistant Program focuses on compassionate caregiving, critical thinking, customer service, and professional integrity in addition to the basic skills of becoming a medical assistant.

Students often come to us from other medical roles that are more physically demanding with difficult schedules. Medical assistants often enjoy regular Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM shifts in a professional environment with paid time off and benefits.

A regular shift for a medical assistant may include medical office duties such as intaking patients, preparing exam rooms, assisting a physician with a procedure, monitoring vital signs in patients, and performing other duties as directed by the physician. Duties might also include administrative duties such as insurance processing or medical billing.

In one word, AWESOME!

The demand for Medical Assistants is anticpated to grow by 14% (much faster than average) by the year 2032. As patients demand more preventative health services, medical practices are projected to hire more medical assistants to support their need to serve more patients.

Kino College is invested in your success and offers career placement post-graduation. On occasion, our instructors choose their medical assistants right from our cohorts or recommend them to colleagues. We do our best to place student externs and graduates into practices that best fit their career aspirations.

About Kino College

Our medical assistant program is based in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently taught at the Northwest Medical Center. Your classroom is the medical campus.

Kino College is committed to our students’ success. We’re available to answer your questions about admissions, the application process, and paying for school.

Yes, Kino College is a single program technical school. As such, we keep this opportunity affordable and up to date with the latest medical advancements. By not spreading ourselves thin, we give your career and career goals our focused attention.

Most students graduate from the Kino College Professional Medical Assistant Program in 9 months (36 weeks). You will spend approximately eight months in the classroom and an additional four weeks in a clinical externship.

An externship is an unpaid practicum position within a medical facility where students enjoy direct mentorship while practicing their skills with patients. Externships provide students with valuable on-the-job experience and coaching in real-life situations.

Our medical assistant program offers evening classes , Monday through Thursday, from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM. to accommodate your busy schedule and allow you to balance all your responsibilities.

Kino College takes a personal interest in your career and career goals, your community’s challenges, and the quality of the skills you need to improve patient care and engagement.

Learn at an active medical center that provides hands-on experience with patient engagement. Apply your training in the medical environment throughout the program and take your skills into your community with our volunteer growth opportunities. The Kino College Professional Medical Assistant Program provides an immersive medical training experience from start to finish.

Kino College is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Accreditation ensures the Professional Medical Assistant program meets the professional, ethical, and quality standards of healthcare education. “ABHES enhances the quality of education and training and promotes institutional and programmatic accountability through systematic and consistent program evaluation. Its key is to assure the quality of the programs it accredits and assist in the improvement of the programs. This quality determination is accomplished by rigorous and systematic evaluation based on valid standards.” Retrieved from ABHES website,, 4/20/2022.

Accreditation by ABHES allows graduates of certain programs to meet eligibility requirements for credentialing examinations administered by various recognized certifying agencies.


By completing Kino College’s 9-month medical assistant program, you will feel more confident in applying for medical assistant positions and increase your likelihood of being hired. Even though medical assistant certification is not required in Arizona, Kino College prepares you for the NHA’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national certification—allowing you to work as a medical assistant in any state, especially those states that require certification for employment.

Simply call our admissions office or submit the below form to get started today. Our admissions representative will contact you personally to discuss entrance requirements, program details, and your career goals. We’re with you every step of the way, starting with our first enrollment conversation.

As an accredited program, Kino College accepts Title IV Federal Student Aid from qualified applicants. Visit Paying for School to learn more about your financial assistance options.

Kino College prepares you for the NHA’s Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national certification. The exam is administered onsite, and you receive your results immediately. National certification allows you to work anywhere in the United States, including states that require certification for employment.

Certification is not required to be a medical assistant in Arizona. Many large medical employers require certification, however. Certification can result in higher salaries and increased opportunities. Certification allows you to use your medical assistant training outside of Arizona.

Medical Assistant Program Costs

  • Tuition
  • 2022 clock-hour cost
  • Registration fee
  • Books and supplies (textbooks, stethoscope, practice exams, practice modules, etc.)
  • Uniform (two pairs of scrubs)
  • Laboratory

Students may need to consider logistical expenses such as immunizations (if someone is not fully immunized), interest and late fees for delayed payments, transportation to clinical externship sites in the greater Tucson area, and the optional certification exam. Certain clinical externship sites may charge additional fees (e.g., parking) and may require the extern to have medical insurance.

Certification is not required to work as a Medical Assistant in the State of Arizona. Accordingly, the cost of the certification exam is not included the program cost.

Yes, simply advise your admissions representative you wish to purchase your own books and/or supplies to be provided with the necessary information. Credit may be applied to your fees. Keep in mind, books and supplies are included in your tuition costs to make enrollment hassle free.

For complete information on current tuition and costs please refer to the academic catalog.

Classroom expectations

Current medical practitioners from and subject matter experts from a variety of specialties.

We encourage everyone to use “best practices” as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to keep instructors, fellow students, and patients safe:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face including eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, not your hand.
  • Anyone sick or unwell should refrain from coming to school/work and avoid public spaces.
  • Refrain from handshaking, kissing, hugging, etc. A respectable fist or elbow bump will do.
  • The medical campus may require that a mask be worn while on site or in specific areas.

We assure you that the health and well-being of our Kino College community is our utmost concern. We commit to sharing information, following protocols, and making any necessary adjustments to provide a safe learning environment.

Please monitor your email box for any updates regarding scheduling changes due to COVID-19.