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M edical Assistants are in demand across the country and employment is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028 which is better than the average for all occupations*.  As the baby-boomers age, they increase the demand for preventative medical care and as a result doctors hire more medical assistants to take care of routine clinical and administrative duties

Is Becoming a Medical Assistant Right for You?

A career as a Medical Assistant can be hectic, but if you’re organized, good at multi-tasking and enjoy dealing with people, this could be a good career choice for you.

Where do you Start?

Becoming a medical assistant starts with the right education and training. Comprehensive medical assistant programs prepare you to perform such tasks as taking vitals, administering injections, medical office management including scheduling appointments and billing insurance companies.


While certification is not required, it is more difficult to find a job without certification and if you do, you are likely to be paid less than you would if you have certification.Enrolling in an American Association for Medical Assistants (AAMA) qualified program provides you with an easier path to employment

What Courses Will I Take in a Medical Assistant Program?

Core courses in a medical assistant training program cover subjects such as medical office management and medical billing and coding to ethics and healthcare privacy law compliance. Workplace safety and communication skills are also often covered in a comprehensive medical assistant program. Courses include but are not be limited to:

  • Medical Ethics and patient confidentiality
  • Patient Record Keeping
  • Bookkeeping
  • Medical coding and billing
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Clinical Procedures

Length of Medical Assistant Programs

Certificate or Diploma medical assistant programs usually are between 10 months and a year in length, although diploma programs are a bit longer. One of the main advantages of obtaining a medical assisting diploma is that the courses you’ve completed can usually be transferred towards a medical assistant associates degree.

Quick Facts about Medical Assistants
2019 Median Pay $34,8000 / year / $16.73 / hour
Job Outlook 2019 - 2029 19% (Much faster than Average)

* Source:  United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics September 1, 2020



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