The Medical Assistant program trains students to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties under the supervision of physicians including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic procedures and taking patient histories. Medical assistants can work in ambulatory care settings such as physicians’ offices, clinics and group practices.
After completing the program, students are eligible to take the national recognized Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam. While certification is not always required for employment, most employers require certification within one year.
The forecast for employment opportunities for medical assistants is one of rapid growth and is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations as the health care industry expands. Helping to drive this growth is the increasing number of facilities and group practices that need support personnel who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. The average entry level salary for a medical assistant is $31,540 per year.