Medical Assisting in Michigan

The state of Michigan ranks fifth in the country for the highest concentration of jobs in the medical assisting field – 5.50 per 1,000 jobs. So, this is a great state to begin a new career as a medical assistant.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are currently 22,790 people working as medical assistants in Michigan and demand for medical assistants is set to carry on growing in the future.

When choosing your training program, make sure it is accredited so that you have the option to take a certification exam when you graduate. Certified medical Assistants are likely to be given the best jobs and receive higher pay, although there is no legal requirement in Michigan for medical assistants to be certified.

Medical assistant pay in Michigan is in the mid-range at $14.38 per hour or $29,900 per year.

Members of the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) affiliated Michigan Society of Medical Assistants (MSMA) can benefit from its professional support network. This state society has the following local chapters:

  • Allegan
  • Eastern Great Lakes
  • Genesee
  • Greater Kent
  • Greater Wexford
  • Jackson
  • Kalamazoo
  • Macomb
  • Northwest Michigan
  • Oakland
  • Saginaw
  • Shiawassee
  • Southwest
  • Straits Area
  • Western Wayne

Michigan Medical Assistant Schools and Programs

Everest Institute

Everest runs a medical assisting diploma program at several Michigan campuses; Dearborn, Detroit and Southfield. Over the course of their training, students will be prepared to competently perform the duties of an entry level medical assistant. They will attend hands on lessons in areas such as laboratory procedures, patient care and communication, medical insurance and bookkeeping, as well as acquiring knowledge of medical terminology and other important topics. Once they have completed their coursework, students are required to complete an externship.


  • Length: 41 weeks
  • Cost: $18,556
  • Job Placement Rate: 61%

Davenport University

At its campus in Grand Rapids, Davenport University runs a CAAHEP accredited medical assistant degree program with optional phlebotomy training. Courses covered include anatomy and physiology with human disease, health care law and ethics, clinical laboratory procedures and medical office applications. The coursework is followed by a medical assisting practicum. Successful graduates from this program will be qualified to take the AAMA or AMT exams to earn the credential of CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) or RMA (Registered Medical Assistant).


  • Length: 61 credit hours
  • Cost: Not available
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available

Carnegie Institute

Students at the Carnegie Institute can complete their training on a medical assistant diploma program that offers the flexibility of full time day or part time evening classes. Students on this program will be provided with the training and knowledge required to begin a medical assisting career. Students will be trained in a range of clinical and administrative skill areas, such as medical office management, using diagnostic equipment, injections and venipuncture. This program is CAAHEP accredited, so graduates are eligible to sit for the AAMA Certification exam to earn the title of CMA (Certified Medical Assistant).


  • Length: 12 months (day), 24 months (evening)
  • Cost: $11,860
  • Job Placement Rate: 86% (day), 84% (evening)