Medical Assistant


What is a Medical Assistant?

A Medical Assistant, according to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), is a medical professional who is responsible for working alongside physicians in outpatient and ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. The AAMA attributes the growth of Medical Assistants in the U.S. to a number of factors, including:

  • A predicted increase in the number of outpatient care facilities and physicians’ offices
  • Technological advances in the medical field
  • A growing number of elderly Americans (i.e., the Baby Boomer generation)

Regardless of whether they are performing clinical or administrative tasks, Medical Assistants help keep physicians’ offices running smoothly. Further, whether working for a general physician, chiropractor, optometrist, or dermatologist, the job of a medical assistant involves working under the direct guidance, supervision, and instruction of a physician.

In smaller practices, Medical Assistants often handle both administrative (clerical) and clinical duties of the office. In larger practices, it is typical for Medical Assistants to specialize their work in a particular area. In larger practices, it is also typical for multiple Medical Assistants to be under the direct supervision of a department or practice administrator.

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Medical Assistant Program

The program is approximately 224 total hours of which approximately 158 hours are delivered in an online, interactive format and 66 hours are in-person in the classroom or various lab/skills evolutions. This is compared to a fully in-person course where all hours are completed in-person in the classroom or lab. Both hybrid and in-person courses also include a 160-hour clinical externship. Students will be trained in the following administrative and clinical areas: using computer applications; answering telephones; welcoming patients; updating and filing medical records; coding and filling out insurance forms; scheduling appointments; arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services; handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping; taking medical histories; explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families; preparing patients for examination; assisting the patient care provider during exams; collecting and preparing laboratory specimens; performing basic laboratory tests; instructing patients about medication and special diets; preparing and administering medications as directed by a licensed medical provider; transmitting prescription refills as directed; drawing blood; taking electrocardiograms; removing sutures and changing dressings; equipment sterilization. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will qualify to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.

Prepare for a rewarding career as a Medical Assistant

Working in the health care industry is both rewarding and exciting. As a Medical Assistant, you will work alongside physicians, schedule patients for exams, take patient vital signs, perform EKGs, collect and process specimens, prepare patients for procedures, update filing records, and correspond with insurance companies regarding patient matters.

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Career opportunities for Medical Assistants

Medical Assistants can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Chiropractors’ Offices
  • Family Medicine Practices
  • Health Care Practitioner Offices
  • Health Centers
  • Hospital Facilities
  • Medical Laboratories
  • Medical Offices
  • OB/GYN Practices
  • Outpatient Care Facilities
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Podiatrists’ Offices
  • Walk-In Clinics


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