Medical Assisting in Ohio

Ohio is a promising state in which to become a medical assistant. There has been an increasing demand for healthcare services in recent years and as such there are plenty of job opportunities in the medical assisting field. There are 21,520 medical assistants employed in Ohio and the employment level is high.

Although there is no legal requirement in Ohio to have a certification credential, you can increase your chances of earning a higher wage by taking an exam to become certified after graduation. To be eligible to sit for a nationally recognized certification exam you will to have complted your postsecondary training on a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited degree or certificate program.

There are many medical assistant jobs in Ohio and the average pay across all types of medical assisting positions is $14.06 per hour or a $29,240 yearly salary.

Support to its members is offered by the Ohio State Society of Medical Assistants (OSSMA), which is the state society of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).There are local chapters in the following areas:

  • Cuyahoga
  • Firelands
  • Franklin
  • Heartland
  • Montgomery
  • Muskingum
  • Ohio Valley
  • Southwest
  • Stark
  • Summit
  • Toledo Lucas
  • Tri-County
  • West Central

Ohio Medical Assistant Schools and Programs

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College offers medical assistant training in administrative and clinical duties, as well as externship experience at several campuses, on a certificate program. The program includes a 210 hour non-paid practicum and graduates will be eligible to sit for the AAMA National Certifying Exam. Students can choose between full time day classes or part time night classes.


  • Length: 32 weeks
  • Cost: $3,340
  • Job Placement Rate: 57%

Stark State College

Stark State Colleg offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program in medical assisting at its regional campus in North Canton. Students have the option if attending day or night classes on this CAAHEP accredited program.


  • Length: 71-72 credits
  • Cost: Not available
  • Job Placement Rate: Not available

Polaris Career Center

Polaris Career Center runs a 946 hour medical assistant training program, which includes a 160 hour externship for qualifying students. Students can opt to sit for the CMA Certification exam on successful completion of the program, which can help their chances of getting an entry level position soon after graduation.


  • Length: 9 months
  • Cost: $7,745
  • Job Placement Rate: 87%