August 10, 2017 Kenneth Colangelo

Registered Medical Assistant

A Registered Medical Assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team, who works in the administrative office, the examining room and the physician office laboratory. The RMA is also a liaison between the doctor and the patient. RMA’s perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics running smoothly. Duties for RMA’s vary depending on the state in which an RMA practices, office size and whether the RMA chooses a specialty area.

You may qualify for WIOA course financing assistance.

Registered Medical Assistant Application

This program is offered in spring and fall semesters. For detailed information on course start and end dates, open the application form.

Registered Medical Assistant Application

Your application will be forwarded to the Allied Health Coordinator for consideration. Upon acceptance, you will be notified in writing and given further instructions to complete your enrollment.

Once you are accepted, tuition must be paid to the College within five business days of notification.  Refunds may be obtained only if your written withdrawal is received by the Continuing Education Office three business days prior to the mandatory orientation session.

Employment Outlook

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. The majority work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other health care facilities. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. The median annual wage for medical assistants in Connecticut is $38,155.

Registered Medical Assistant Program Description

Learn office procedures and tasks medical assistants perform on a daily basis. Our comprehensive 10-month program is accredited by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Components include Clinical Office, Surgical, Phlebotomy and Pharmacology and Medical Administrative Procedures.

Online courses are part of the curriculum and are offered through Ed2Go ( A 215-hour internship is part of the curriculum and allows students to gain real world experience. A grade of 70 or higher is required in all courses for successful completion of program. Attendance requirements must also be met. The student is then eligible to take the National Certification Exam through the AMT.

Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.

Time Commitment

This is a 10-month day program that meets for 725 hours, two to three days per week. Classroom instruction and lab is held at the college; clinical is held at physician offices and clinics within our service area.

Payment Information

Total cost for the Registered Medical Assistant program is $7,950 (price subject to change).

  • Total cost includes tuition, administrative fee, books, uniforms, CPT NHA and AMT examination fees.
  • Not included in total cost – UConn externship fee of $100. This cost includes a background check and parking. Students assigned to this site must pay this fee out of pocket.
  • WIOA and CT SNAP approved. Payment plan available.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit the Registered Medical Assistant application, questionnaire, abilities, physical verification form, and health forms (health form due within two weeks of course start)
  • Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED

Contact Information

For more information or to register, contact Shaina Hamel, CPT, RMA, LPN, at 860.773.1454, or Cheryl Conaty, RN, at 860.773.1453,

Transfer Credits

Students who have successfully completed the Registered Medical Assistant Program are eligible to receive college credit through the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program administered by Charter Oak State College.

Credits may be used at Charter Oak State College or transferred to another school by setting up a credit registry with Charter Oak (Any transfer credit is at the discretion of the institution).

For more information, visit: Charter Oak’s Credit Registry site

Register by Email

Complete application packet and email to

Register In Person

Register in the Continuing Education office

Monday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Register by Fax

Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.

Register by Mail

Application packet and payment information must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.
Checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College.

Mail to:
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032

Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.

Contact: Continuing Education

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