Medical Assisting in Mississippi

There is a growing demand for medical assistants in Mississippi, which has a large urban population centred around Jackson. Currently 2,340 medical assistants are employed in the state.

There are many medical assistant jobs of all types available in Mississippi and there are no educational requirements to be licensed. However, there is strong competition for positions, so becoming certified after completing your training program can increase your chances of getting a decent job quickly.

Wages for medical assistants in Mississippi are in a similar range to those in neighbouring states. The average hourly pay is $13.86 and the mean annual salary is $28,830.

While there isn’t a state society of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) in Mississippi, there are three local chapters:

  • Central
  • Mainstream
  • Northeast

Mississippi Medical Assistant Schools and Programs

Healing Touch Career College

At its campuses located in Jackson and Hattiesburg, Healing Touch Career College runs a medical assistant certificate program where students can complete their training at day and evening classes. Students will take foundation classes in healthcare subjects such as medical terminology, anatomy, and psychology, as well as learning front office and back office skills, including medical laboratory procedures and phlebotomy. Prior to the completion of their training, students will put their skills into practice on a supervised externship, where their performance will be evaluated.


  • Length: 10 months
  • Cost: $10,900
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Northeast Mississippi Community College runs both medical assisting technology degree and certificate programs, which are CAAHEP accredited. Training is delivered through a blend of tradional lectures, lab classes and hands on externship experience. Students will be instructed in the range of skills required in clinical and administrative medical assisting and will be prepared, on completion of their training, for employment in medical offices and clinics.


  • Length: 11 months
  • Cost: $1,125 per semester
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available


  • Length: 2 years
  • Cost: $1,125 per semester
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available