Medical Assistant (Diploma) - Birmingham, Alabama

Medical Assistant (Diploma)


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In as little as 16 months, you could be prepared to pursue a career as a Medical Assistant and look forward to being a key contributor to the efficient operations in a  variety of healthcare settings. The Medical Assistant Diploma program at Virginia College in Birmingham provides hands-on educational opportunities in performing both the clinical and administrative duties of a physician's office or other medical setting.

The Virginia College Medical Assistant Diploma program offers training to help prepare students for direct involvement in various aspects of patient care, such as obtaining vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and collecting specimens, and administering medications and immunizations as directed by the physician. You'll have the opportunity to learn other clinical techniques, such as preparing the examination room, sterilizing and maintaining equipment and performing routine laboratory procedures.

Our program covers emergency care procedures including Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Training also includes the use of medical office technology and administrative duties for the healthcare environment such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, and billing and coding information for insurance reimbursement.

Virginia College in Birmingham's highly qualified instructors have extensive real-world experience. We provide the practical training needed for a fulfilling career in a variety of healthcare settings, including medical offices and clinics, outpatient and inpatient hospital facilities and similar healthcare locations.

Medical Assistant Training in a Real-World Setting

One of the most exciting aspects of pursuing the Medical Assistant Diploma at Virginia College in Birmingham is the opportunity to apply what you learn in class to an actual workplace setting. You'll participate in an 11-week externship in a physician's office, clinic or similar healthcare facility supervised by a physician, nurse or other health services professional. The externship experience provides valuable exposure to the actual day-to-day work of a medical assistant to give students a sense of what it takes to work successfully in a healthcare setting after graduation.

With successful completion of the Medical Assistant Diploma at Virginia College in Birmingham, students are eligible to sit for one or all of these certification exams: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), or Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). Although certification is not a requirement for employment as a medical assistant, it does underscore the quality of your academic training and your commitment to a successful career as a medical assistant.

Medical Assistant Job Placement

Birmingham's robust medical community offers you a wide variety of externship options and future employment opportunities, with additional career planning and placement assistance available from Virginia College in Birmingham.

Graduates of the Virginia College Medical Assistant Associate of Science program have gone on to work in many local healthcare facilities including Kirkland Clinic, American Family Care, Birmingham Healthcare and others.

Learn more about a fulfilling career as a medical assistant in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. Complete the Request More Information form and take the first step toward your exciting new career.

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