Medical Assistant

Associate’s Degree

The medical field is fast-paced and growing*. If you enjoy caring for others and want to be a part of this exciting, rewarding field, the Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program from Virginia College could be right for you.

Laura felt confident going into her career as a medical assistant because Virginia College prepared her well. Everything she was required to do on the job she had already practiced in the lab or through her externship.

How to Become a Medical Assistant

Our Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program is hands-on and comprehensive, with medical assistant training in skills that employers want most. Our curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation for medical assistant jobs, teaching you lab and clinical techniques including:

  • Performing EKG, CPR, venipuncture, Universal Standard Precautions and aseptic techniques
  • Obtaining vital signs and taking medical histories
  • Preparing patients for exams and performing routine laboratory procedures.

What Kind of Work Does a Medical Assistant Perform?

The Medical Assistant training program at Virginia College in will also teach you a variety of administrative skills, such as scheduling appointments, medical record keeping and insurance procedures.

Employers Look for Professionalism

Professionalism is important to employers since medical assistants work directly with patients — the all-important "customer" in the healthcare business. At Virginia College, we teach you the importance of punctuality, dress code, etiquette and other skills you need to succeed in a professional environment. These skills, as well as the completion of your associate's degree, can help make you more attractive to employers, as well as giving you added confidence in your training.

You'll Get On-the-Job Training in the Medical Field

Your hands-on training isn't limited to the classroom or lab work. We've designed a 180-hour externship to help you put your skills to the test in a real-world work environment. You will be placed under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare professional at a local healthcare facility, where you can hone your medical assisting job skills. This externship gives you valuable experience that appeals to prospective employers, plus it gives you exposure to the day-to-day challenges you'll face as a medical assistant.

How Much Do Medical Assistants Make? What Kind of Job Growth Can I Expect?

Medical Assistant Certifications are Important

In the medical field, certification — while not always required — can signify to prospective employers that you meet a high standard of competence. Qualified graduates of the Medical Assistant Associate's Degree program from Virginia College may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following certifications: Registered Medical Assistant, or RMA or Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT).

We Prepare You to Seek Medical Assistant Jobs

Virginia College has a dedicated team of career placement professionals that develops relationships with employers and helps our medical assistant graduates find jobs at healthcare facilities.

Start Earning Your Medical Assistant Degree

Our program is designed to help you become a vital member of a healthcare team after just 24 months of training! Fill out the Request More Information form now to get started.

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*Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, published December 17, 2015. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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