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Medical Assistant Schools and Training Programs

Medical assistants work with physicians, chiropractors, and other health-care professionals, assisting them with clinical and administrative duties. While they may have received some training in medical procedures, they do not diagnose illness or prescribe treatments.

Medical Assistant Careers

About 62 percent of medical assistants worked in physicians’ offices in 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov); 13 percent worked in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and optometrists. Most of the remainder worked in other healthcare industries, such as outpatient care centers and nursing and residential care facilities. Most medical assistants work a standard 40-hour week, although there are some part-time positions available.

Types of Medical Assistants

Administrative medical assistants update and file patients' medical records, fill out insurance forms, and arrange for hospital admissions and laboratory services. Like administrative assistants in non-medical settings, they also answer telephones, schedule appointments and handle billing and bookkeeping.

Clinical medical assistants are regulated by state law, so their duties may vary. However, those duties may include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations and assisting physicians during examinations. They may also collect and prepare laboratory specimens, and even perform basic lab tests. Clinical medical assistants also might be responsible for purchasing and maintaining examination room supplies and equipment.

Certain physicians require specialized medical assistants. Eye doctors use ophthalmic medical assistants to conduct vision tests, apply dressings and teach patients to use contact lenses. Podiatric medical assistants take x-rays, make foot castings and assist podiatrists in surgery.

Medical Assistant Employment and Advancement Opportunities

Because of the aging of the population and advancements in medical technology, medical assisting has become one of the fastest growing occupations. The bls.gov projects 34 percent employment growth between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than average.

Driving this job growth is the increasing prevalence of conditions such as obesity and diabetes, putting a greater burden on physicians and the healthcare system in general. In addition, the industry has seen a rise in group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants who can handle both administrative and clinical duties.

Earnings and Advancement Potential

As with almost any career, earnings of medical assistants vary based on location and job experience. The average annual wage of a medical assistant was $29,760 in 2010, according to the bls.gov. Earnings tend to be highest in physicians’ offices and clinics.

Experienced medical assistants may advance their careers to office management or support positions. Medical assisting, combined with additional training, can also lead to other healthcare careers, such as medical technology or nursing.

Additional Information for Individuals Searching for a Medical Assistant School
Medical Assistant Career Information
Medical Office Administration Training Schools

Additional Resources for Medical Assistant Degree Prospects
American Association of Medical Assistants
American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistant

Campus and Online Medical Assistant Schools

 
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UEI College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
  • Medical Office Specialist
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San Joaquin Valley College

[Campus]
Programs:
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National Career College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Panorama City
Programs:
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  • Medical Billing and Coding
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Platt College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
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Brightwood College

[Campus]
Programs:
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Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.


Southern California Health Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Reseda
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant Program
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  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program
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Unitek College

[Campus]
Programs:
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Milan Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
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Institute of Technology

[Campus]
Programs:
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Orion College

[Online]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
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Orion College is a post-secondary vocational school offering Associate Degree programs in Business Administration, Medical Assisting and Healthcare Management.. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.


California Career Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
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California College San Diego

[Campus]
Programs:
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Keiser University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Science
  • Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
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For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.


Blue Cliff College - Online

[Online]
Programs:
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Animal Behavior College

[Online]
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