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Medical Assistant

Diploma/Certificate - 60 Credit Hr.

A Medical Assistant School Can Help You Launch Your Career

Medical assistants provide quality care and administrative assistance in healthcare settings. They greet patients, record patient information and work closely with other medical professionals. If you have a desire to help others and work in a growing industry, our Medical Assistant classes could help you to train for a fulfilling new career.*

Prepare for a career in medical assisting in as little as 15 months.

Virginia College's Medical Assistant program is designed to help you become a key contributor in a variety of healthcare settings. In as little as 15 months, you could be on your way to providing medical assistance and operational support in a medical office or clinic.

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

A Medical Assistant Program with Hands-on Learning

To work in the medical field, you need a certain set of skills and clinical abilities. In our Medical Assistant diploma/certificate program, we help you learn the clinical and administrative skills to effectively aid other healthcare professionals. You will receive hands-on training in labs that simulate real-world work environments and use the equipment found in healthcare facilities.

Our medical assistant classes offer real-world training.

Our Medical Assistant courses are designed to prepare you for the exam room. Our Medical Assistant program can equip you with the practical skills you need on the job. Our classes allow you to practice and develop your clinical skills, so that when you enter the job market you have the confidence and skills to succeed.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Facilitate exam room procedures
  • Obtain vital signs and medical histories
  • Perform routine laboratory procedures
  • Administer medications and immunizations
  • Prepare the exam room
  • Sterilize and maintain equipment

Behind-the-scenes operations in medical practices are vital to keeping facilities running smoothly. A key part of medical assisting is the ability to perform administrative functions and procedures. In our Medical Assistant classes, we train you to perform office duties accurately and efficiently. Our instructors work closely with you along the way, providing support and inside knowledge of the healthcare industry. 

On-the-Job Medical Assistant Training

Real-world experience in the medical field is a valuable asset. That's why our medical assisting program includes an 11-week externship, which is a real job in a physician’s office, clinic or healthcare facility. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the field and learn from licensed professionals.

Strengthen your medical assistant skills with real-world experience.

You will complete your externship under the guidance and supervision of a physician, nurse or other health service professional. The externship provides valuable exposure to the actual day-to-day work of medical assistants. You will put the skills you’ve learned in class to practical use and receive on-the-job experience that can potentially give you a competitive advantage in the job market.

How to Become a Medical Assistant

Once you have completed our 60-credit hour Medical Assistant certificate/diploma program, you should be ready to pursue a career in medical assisting. We not only provide you with a hands-on education, we also help you look for jobs in the field. We support you as you take the next steps to pursue your goals.

We can help you with the job search process.

Our Career Development department can review your resume, help you start your job search and share interview techniques. Though we cannot guarantee job placement, our medical assistance graduates have been hired by a number of reputable companies including:

  • Labcorp
  • HealthSouth
  • Life line screening
  • MS/AL/LA Primary Health Care Associations
  • Health Diagnostic Laboratory
  • GEO group

How to Become a Certified Medical Assistant

A medical assistant certification can enhance your job qualifications.

Although certification may not be required to work as a medical assistant, it demonstrates the quality of your education and training. With successful completion of the Medical Assistant program, students may be eligible to sit for one or both of the following certification exams:

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

Inside a Medical Assistant’s Job

Medical assistants help ensure that healthcare operations run smoothly so that other licensed medical professionals can focus on patient care. They work alongside doctors, nurses and other health service professionals to administer patient care, ensure accurate recordkeeping and perform administrative tasks. Because medical assistants frequently work with patients, a caring nature and good people skills can be particularly attractive.

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings including primary care offices, urgent care centers and hospitals. Their job can vary day-to-day depending on the current needs of the practice or facility.

What does a medical assistant do everyday?

In many practices, medical assistants are involved in just about every aspect of the operation. Job duties can include:

  • Greet patients
  • Prep patients for exams
  • Take vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse
  • Perform routine lab duties such as drawing blood
  • Administer injections
  • Assist physicians with wound care and suturing
  • Support physician during exams
  • Access and input data into electronic health records
  • Sterilize and maintain equipment
  • File paperwork and update patient records

What Kind of Work Does a Medical Assistant Perform?

The Growing Demand for Medical Assistants

An increasing number of practices, clinics and hospitals need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to perform administrative and clinical duties. In fact, medical assistant employment is projected to much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.* The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to heighten the demand for preventive care, which may require hiring more assistants.

How much do medical assistants make?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical assistants earn an average of $31,910 per year, or $15.34 an hour.* In the current healthcare climate, becoming a medical assistant could be a personally and professionally fulfilling decision.

What Kind of Job Growth Can a Medical Assistant Expect?

Take the first step.

Prepare for a rewarding career in medical assistance. To learn more about becoming a medical assistant, fill out the request information form or give us a call.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Medical Assistants, (accessed March 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual growth or any particular salary.

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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