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Medical Assistant Programs

What is a Medical Assistant Program?

A medical assistant program prepares a student to become part of a doctor's office team. The professionals in this allied health position greet patients, prepare them for exams, take history, collect vital signs, and help with the administrative tasks in the medical office. This position is central to the workings of many private doctors' offices.


The students receive training in how to handle patients, medical records, and perform basic medical procedures such as taking vital signs. The need for medical assistants is quite healthy. A typical program will require six months to a year to complete.

How to Enter a Medical Assistant Program

In order to enter a medical assistant program, students usually need to have a high school diploma or a GED. Most programs require that they complete some college level classes in composition, math, anatomy, and medical terminology. The students will also need good keyboarding skills to allow for quick entry of data. Since the programs require hands on training, the student will need to have access to the campus to do clinical work. Some programs require letters of recommendation as well as an interview.

A typical program will introduce the student to office administrative procedures, clinical phlebotomy, medical terminology, and how to work in a medical practice. Almost all programs will require students to do a clinical practicum. This is where the student performs tasks in this field under the supervision of a teacher or third party medical professional. This practicum can be on campus or may be in a doctor's office.

Jobs available for a Medical Assistant

Upon graduation, a medical assistant is ready to work in a doctor's office. They receive education in patient care, record keeping, and routine medical procedure performance. Most find work in private doctors' practices. However, there are positions available in public agencies, hospitals, and other medical facilities for this position as well.

Salaries for a Medical Assistant

The median pay for a medical assistant in 2010 was $28,800 per year. The actual salary will vary by experience, location, and employer.

Many medical assistants go forward and take the certification exam offered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. This certification is not required in most states, but many employers look favorably on people who have this certification. For those who want to go on to nursing or another medical profession, being a medical assistant is a good stepping stone into the medical world.

Featured Online Medical Assistant Schools

Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Considering a new career or need additional job training? Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help! Because the courses are offered online and through traditional distance education, the stress associated with driving to and attending a live class is eliminated. Start your new career training today, start it with Allied Schools.
Featured Programs:
Animal Behavior College offers affordable, flexible programs for busy professionals interested in animal careers. We offer hands-on experience in over 400 locations nationwide.
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.
Pioneering distance education since 1985, Liberty University is now the nation’s seventh largest university. With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.
Balance your personal and professional commitments while earning a respected Ph.D., master's degree, or bachelor's degree online at Walden University. Programs offered in management, education, psychology and health and human services.
Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Degree programs are available in the fields of education, nursing and health sciences, business, fine arts and production, and liberal arts.
Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education. Eligible students can receive college credit for prior military experience and coursework—up to 75 percent of the credit needed for a Kaplan University undergraduate degree.*
Grantham University's 100% accredited online degrees are convenient, portable and designed so you can fit education into your life instead of arranging life around your education. 
Considering a new career or need additional job training? Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help! Because the courses are offered online and through traditional distance education, the stress associated with driving to and attending a live class is eliminated. Start your new career training today, start it with Allied Schools.
Featured Programs:
Animal Behavior College offers affordable, flexible programs for busy professionals interested in animal careers. We offer hands-on experience in over 400 locations nationwide.
Penn Foster offers affordable, self-paced career-focused distance education programs in fields like business, criminal justice, health services, technology, engineering, paralegal studies and more.
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