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At Cabarrus College, our affiliation with Atrium Health — one of the largest, most innovative healthcare systems in the country — offers advantages you won't find elsewhere.

Learn using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities – in high-tech simulation labs right on campus or in real-life clinical settings across the street at Atrium Health Cabarrus – every single week. Receive individualized instruction from top-notch faculty. And make all the connections you need to launch your career as a certified medical assistant.

Genevieve Gere, CMA, ’19
Medical Assistant

“I chose the medical assisting program because I could complete it in less than a year and start working in the field. I was thankful for the small class sizes and how personal the instructors were. They got to know every student and were willing to help in any way they could with whatever you needed. They spent lots of time outside of the actual class time to help as well. The program was very hands on.”

Katherine Ashley, CMA, ’20
Medical Assistant

Hear From More of Our Proud Alumni

“I chose Cabarrus College of Health Sciences' medical assisting diploma program because of its excellent reputation and affiliation with Atrium Health. Even local doctors and nurses I spoke with praised the school, commenting on the exceptional healthcare professionals that graduate from there. I have not been let down. The staff is so supportive, and I appreciate the feeling of community. The faculty is committed to providing high-quality education and genuinely wants me to succeed; hands down the best decision I have made for my future healthcare career.”

Ashleigh Owen, CMA(AAMA), ’21
Medical Assistant

“Medical assistants…make a difference in the healthcare setting no matter where they are placed. We are always there standing amongst the healthcare professionals getting ‘dirty’ right beside them. We are an influential part of the healthcare team and truly are the ‘heart of healthcare.’ As an alumna of Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, I always felt prepared in my clinicals and was able to accomplish the tasks at hand. I had other college students at the time come to me for questions because I was more knowledgeable.”

Candice King, CMA, 14
Medical Assistant

  • Two-year associate degree prepares you for leadership or management in medical assisting; includes a family medicine practicum and specialty practice internship
  • One-year diploma provides quick route to a rewarding career; includes a family medicine practicum 
  • Many job opportunities; one of the fastest growing fields in healthcare 
  • Innovative, advanced curriculum 
  • Hands-on clinical experience every week; practice the skills you learn in class right away 
  • Flexible: full-time or part-time with hybrid (online and on-campus) and weekend/evening options available as needed 
  • Start in fall semester only

“I am so grateful that I was able to obtain my education from such a top-notch school. From the moment I first stepped through the doors, I was greeted with warm, kind, and helpful faculty and staff.”



Innovative, advanced curriculum. Supported by Atrium Health, one of the nation's leading healthcare systems.

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Immersive Healthcare Environment

Individualized Attention

Unmatched Clinical Experience

Jobs. Jobs. Jobs!

We’re on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus.

8:1 student-to-teacher ratio with an average class size of 19.

Preferred access to Atrium Health clinical sites.

Job placement assistance and a direct pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health and elsewhere.

Small College Perks. University Quality. Affordable.

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Quality Education You Can Afford

Cabarrus College is the least expensive private college in North Carolina, delivering unrivaled value in healthcare education. Our dedicated financial aid team works individually with each student to find every grant, every loan and every bit of institutional gift aid we can offer to keep your out-of-pocket costs low. In fact, our aid packages will have you wondering why you ever thought a private college education was out of reach. Options include:

  • Cabarrus Cares Scholarship – Covers up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for students from North Carolina who enroll full time directly from high school and demonstrate financial need 
  • Merit scholarships – Based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores
  • 1942 Club Scholarship – Need- and merit-based award for students with a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated financial need
  • NC Community College Partners Scholarship – Up to 100% of tuition and general fees, after expected family contribution and other grants and scholarships are applied, for new students who enroll full time directly from Central Piedmont Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College or Stanly Community College, have a community college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (from the last institution attended) and demonstrate need
  • Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship – For new transfer students who are members of the PTK national honor society  
  • Legacy Scholarships – For new or transfer students who are dependents of Cabarrus College alumni 
  • Atrium Health Teammate Dependent Scholarship – For full-time, dependent (as determined by the FAFSA) students whose parent/guardian is employed by Atrium Health 
  • Atrium Health Forgivable Loan – $5k or $10K loan available depending on program; can be repaid by working at Atrium Health 

Talk to our financial aid office for more information on these scholarships and other available aid.


of our students pass licensure and certification, far exceeding state and national averages.*


are employed within six months of graduation.*

*Based on 2023 collegewide data.

A respected leader in healthcare education, Cabarrus College provides immersive, innovative education that will prepare you to provide exemplary care for the patients and communities you serve. We are renowned for our small, welcoming environment and faculty who are more than instructors – they're mentors who will ensure you graduate ready to serve with confidence, courage and compassion.  

Situated on the campus of Atrium Health Cabarrus, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers advantages you won't find elsewhere:


  • 18 degrees in 11 health science disciplines
  • Bachelor's and master's degrees in various fields
  • Diplomas and associate degrees for students who want to be working in healthcare in 1-2 years
  • 8:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • Individualized instruction
  • Hands-on experience right away in clinical programs
  • Immersive, professional healthcare environment
  • Flexible with online, on-campus and hybrid programs, with full- or part-time options
  • Affordable  Generous scholarships and financial aid packages; 88% of our students receive financial aid, with awards averaging nearly $16,000 per year
  • Quality education – 97% of graduates pass certification and licensure exams, exceeding state and national averages
  • Jobs! 96% of our graduates are employed within 6 months
  • Affiliated with Atrium Health:

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Preferred access to clinical experiences at Atrium Health
  • State-of-the-art campus and facilities
  • Forgivable loan for many programs
  • Pipeline to jobs at Atrium Health