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Medical Assistant

Associate’s Degree

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Medical Assistant

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$22,870 to $45,3101
Tuition and fees:
$26,495 to $28,929
Program length:
77 weeks

Start Earning Your Medical Assistant Associate’s Degree

Train to advance your medical assistant career in less than 24 months.

Earning a Medical Assistant degree could lead to a rewarding career and a brighter future for you and your family. Now is a great time to pursue a degree in the medical field. There is an increasing demand for healthcare support workers, specifically medical assistants. With employment rates projected to rise 23 percent through 2024, medical assisting presents opportunities for career and job growth.*

If you are interested in the wellbeing of others, medical assisting could be the right career for you. The Virginia College Medical Assistant associate’s degree program could prepare you for an exciting new career in this growing field. Our program is designed to help you become a key team member and vital resource in a variety of healthcare settings. In as little as 24 months of training, you can graduate career-ready.

In the Medical Assistant associate’s degree program, you will:

  • Get hands-on training from instructors with real-world experience
  • Take one class at a time, allowing you to focus on one subject before moving on to the next
  • Know your entire schedule from the start so it’s easy to plan around school

Students must have successfully completed the Medical Assistant diploma program from the same campus, or transfer into the program with the equivalent approved content from an approved Medical Assistant diploma program to receive block transfer credit.

How to Become a Medical Assistant

Our Medical Assistant associate’s degree program offers comprehensive training that is designed to help you learn the clinical and administrative skills needed for medical assistant jobs. You will receive hands-on training in labs that simulate real-world work environments and utilize the same equipment found in healthcare facilities. Learn to assist with exam room procedures, take vital signs and medical histories and properly administer medications.

You’ll also train in the areas of medical office administration. The ability to handle administrative duties is an important responsibility in medical assisting. Our classes can help you learn how to schedule appointments, keep medical records and fill out insurance claims.

Through hands-on labs and an externship, Virginia College helped Laura gain the skills and on-the-job experience to feel confident going into her medical assistant career.

Our medical assistant courses help you gain practical skills.

As a career-focused training program, our courses are centered on building the confidence and competencies you need in the real world. Our instructors strive to help you refine and improve your medical assistant skills. Upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Take vital signs and medical histories
  • Perform routine lab procedures
  • Sterilize and maintain instruments
  • Administer medications
  • Use computer technology
  • Facilitate administrative operations
  • Provide emergency care including CPR
  • Administer electrocardiograms
  • Perform venipuncture
  • Utilize aseptic techniques
  • Apply Universal Standard Precautions

Professionalism is important for medical assistants because they work directly with patients. At Virginia College, we teach you the importance of punctuality, dress code, etiquette and the other skills you need to succeed in medical environments. These important skills, along with the completion of your medical assistant’s degree, can help you stand out to potential employers.

Go a Step Further by Becoming a Certified Medical Assistant

Graduates of our Medical Assistant associate’s degree program may be eligible to sit for one or more of the following certification exams:

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)

Although certification may not be required to work as a medical assistant, it can highlight the quality of your training to potential employers.

We’ll Help You in Your Medical Assisting Career

At Virginia College, we go beyond getting you ready for a career. Our Career Development department will review your resume, assist you with interview techniques, discuss career choices and even help you start your job search. We maintain relationships with a number of medical employers, which can be helpful for graduates. Our door is always open, even after you graduate.

Medical Assistant Job Description

Medical assistants serve as essential team members in doctor’s offices, urgent care centers and other healthcare facilities. Empathy and attention to detail are often desirable traits in these workers because they frequently serve patients and perform administrative tasks. In many practices, medical assistants are involved in many areas of operations, both behind the desk and in the exam room.

What is a typical workday like for a medical assistant?

Day-to-day responsibilities can vary depending on the needs of the workplace, but can include:

  • Greeting patients
  • Prepping patients for exams
  • Taking vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse
  • Performing routine lab duties such as drawing blood
  • Administering injections
  • Assisting physicians with wound care and suturing
  • Supporting physician during exams
  • Accessing and inputting data into electronic health records
  • Updating insurance information
  • Sterilizing and maintaining equipment
  • Filing paperwork and updating patient records

How Much Does a Medical Assistant Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national annual wage range for medical assistants is between $22,870 and $45,310 per year. 1 Individual salaries will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

Start Earning Your Medical Assistant Degree

Take the first step toward a rewarding career as a medical assistant. Fill out our request information form to learn how you can become a part of this exciting field.

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1 The median annual wage for medical assistants was $31,540 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,310. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited October 19, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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