Medical Assistant (Associate's) - Pensacola, Florida
Associate of Science
Medical Assistants perform both administrative and clinical duties, reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. These healthcare professionals are the backbone of any successful medical practice, providing quality patient care while efficiently juggling a variety of administrative tasks.
A Medical Assisting Degree Could be Right for You
If you're a detail-oriented, organized person with an interest in the healthcare field, the Medical Assistant associate's degree program from Virginia College in Pensacola could be right for you. In just 24 months, you could have a new career in this exciting, rewarding field.
Our expert instructors have many years in the field. They will train you to assist with examining room procedures, obtain vital signs and medical histories, perform routine laboratory procedures, sterilize and maintain equipment and perform the proper techniques for administering medications and immunizations. You'll also learn to perform administrative duties, including managing medical records, scheduling appointments, filing paperwork and submitting insurance claims.
Certifications Can be Important to Your Career
Qualified graduates of the Medical Assistant program may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following certifications: Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). Certification is not required to work as a medical assistant in the state of Florida, but it can make you more valuable to employers and underscore the quality of your training. Our campus is an RMA testing site, so you don't have to find a testing site when it comes time for your exam.
Getting Hands-on Medical Assistant Training
One of the most exciting aspects of the Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program at Virginia College in Pensacola is a supervised externship in a physician's office, clinic or other medical setting. This 11-week externship gives you on-the-job experience that will prepare you for the challenges and day-to-day duties you'll face in your career. You'll put the skills you've learned in class to practical use, and gain valuable real-world experience that can give you a competitive edge with employers.
We Prepare You to Seek Medical Assistant Jobs
The support you'll get from Virginia College in Pensacola includes career planning and placement assistance. Our career services associates will help you review your resume, practice your interview techniques and even generate job leads. Our graduates have gone on to find positions locally at ProHealth and the medical practice of Dr. Gary Gotthelf, among others.
A new career as a medical assistant could be years in just 24 months. Don't wait, get started today by completing the Request More Information form or calling us at (850) 436-8444.
*Program details subject to change. See the official campus catalog and appropriate addenda for the latest information.