Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA)

Give us 20 weeks and we’ll help you change your life! As one of the premier healthcare vocational schools in Minneapolis, our curriculum has helped hundreds of graduates launch rewarding careers in healthcare at some of the most innovative companies in Minnesota.

Our medical administrative assistant (MAA) program teaches you the most relevant MAA techniques and practices. This hands-on training course is designed to teach students Microsoft Office, medical billing and coding, HIPAA and other industry practices.The relationships formed with your fellow students, industry mentors, and guest speakers provide you an invaluable network of passionate, diverse healthcare allies to call upon throughout your career.

Summit Approach

We provide knowledge that works. Real-world career preparation and the hands-on experience employers demand without the cost of other institutions. Are you ready?

Classes start February 1, 2021. Apply now!

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— Summit Graduate

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What does an MAA do?

Medical Administrative Assistants are responsible for a wide range of tasks to ensure the office they are managing functions smoothly. MAAs are also known as medical secretaries. They can perform administrative functions for a hospital or clinic through their knowledge of medical terminology and applications. They can work in a variety of roles and locations with job titles ranging from health unit coordinator or medical office assistant to patient coordinator or admissions coordinator.

The course is 20 weeks and consists of two phases

Tuition is 100% covered

Programs start every 10 weeks.

Work study options available

Class schedule is Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

MAA Essential Duties

  • Interviewing patients for case histories in advance of appointments
  • Compiling medical records and charts
  • Processing insurance payments
  • Operating computer software and office equipment
  • Customer service
  • Maintaining supplies and appearance for the office

Topics covered:

  • Professional communication in the workplace
  • Medical terminology
  • Microsoft Office
  • Basic computer skills
  • Health education
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Health Legal Issues
  • Medical billing & coding
  • Medical office procedure
  • Communication skills
  • Introduction to insurance
  • Problem-solving


Our school is actively looking for candidates who want a new career in the fields of construction, healthcare or information technology. You will not need to make any tuition payments or take out any student loans. We work to ensure your tuition is paid for entirely by grants, scholarships, and contracts. 

Click here to enroll

  1. Watch the vocational information video
  2. Submit your application
  3. Someone from the Admissions department will contact you within 1-2 business days after your application is submitted. 

Tuition To Change Your Future

You will have NO OUT-OF-POCKET expenses to cover tuition and no extra fees to pay. Our financial aid office is committed to administering gift aid to ensure that your tuition is covered. As an institution, we do not participate in Federal or State Student Loan programs, so there are NO LOANS TO PAY BACK.


Why should you enroll at Summit?

There are a million reasons to consider us as the school for you, but one thing is for sure: you’ve come to the right place! Watch our video.

For more information on admission requirements, campus visits, and other opportunities, visit our Admissions page.

Program Curriculum & Schedule

Weeks 1-10


Weeks 1-10  is a chance for you to start learning the basic knowledge of healthcare administration. This starts with Microsoft Office, and then moves on to medical terminology, HIPAA, legal principles and professional communication. We’ll discuss everyday medical office examples to understand how all of these components impact the office day.

While you’re getting a high-level view of the processes and complexities of being an MAA, you’ll also get a chance to learn about some of the building blocks of the industry.


  • Understanding of Microsoft Office 1
  • Gain familiarity with business English & technical writing
  • Gain confidence with medical terminology 1

Topics covered:

  • Body systems 1
  • Legal principles for medical office
  • Ethical principles for medical office

Weeks 11-20


Weeks 11-20 is where we build on the foundation you learned in Phase 1. You’ve got the skills and now we put them to the test! This part of the program is designed to challenge students with a higher degree of difficulty in the healthcare industry. You’ll start to learn about medical procedures, insurance, and medical billing and coding. You’ll gain practical experience with the entire medical office process, from problem-solving to evaluating, refinement, and execution.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the healthcare industry and begin to see the challenges you are likely to encounter when working in a medical office.


  • Gain familiarity with medical terminology & body systems 2
  • Gain confidence in professional workplace communication

Topics covered:

  • Body systems 2
  • Medical billing & coding
  • Career development
  • Medical office procedures & management


Apply before our next program start: February 1, 2021!