Medical Assistant

Diploma/Certificate - 60 Credit Hr.

In as little as 15 months, you could gain the education and skills to become a medical assistant and a key contributor to efficient operations in a variety of healthcare settings.

The Medical Assistant diploma/certificate program at Virginia College provides hands-on medical assistant training in both the clinical and administrative duties of a physician's office or other medical setting.

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.

Hands-on Medical Assistant Courses

Our Medical Assistant 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
  • 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.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Instructors with Real-world Experience

Virginia College's highly qualified instructors have professional experience working in the field and can impart inside knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Contact us today to learn how Virginia College can provide the practical training needed for a fulfilling career in a healthcare settings such as medical offices and clinics, outpatient and inpatient hospital facilities and similar healthcare locations.

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

On-the-job Medical Assistant Training

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, offering you the opportunity to apply what you learn in class to an actual workplace setting.

The externship 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.

Medical Assistant Certification Is Important

With successful completion of the Medical Assistant program, students are eligible to sit for one or both of these certification exams:*

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam

Although certification is not a requirement for employment as a medical assistant, it underscores the quality of your education and your commitment to a successful career as a medical assistant.

Medical Assistant Job Placement

The Virginia College Career Services team provides career planning and job-placement assistance including:

  • Resume development
  • Professionalism training
  • Job interview skill building

Take the First Step

Complete the Request More Information form to learn more about a fulfilling career as a medical assistant in the rapidly growing* healthcare industry. 

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* 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.

Note: 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.

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