About the Program
The Medical Assistant Associate Degree program is designed to provide students with the concepts and skills to gain employment in an outpatient setting. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician, mid-level provider, or licensed nurse.
Your four semester curriculum consists of courses and labs covering healthcare fundamentals such as clinical procedures, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and more. The program can also help prepare students for a number of different industry certifications, such as the Registered Medical Assistant certification (RMA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant certificate (CCMA), National Certified Medical Assistant certificate (NCMA), and Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC).
Career Growth & Opportunity
Most medical assistants are paid hourly, with wages that range anywhere from $11 to $22 an hour. Full-time medical assistants typically earn between $23,000 and $45,000 a year. Several factors influence the amount medical assistants can earn, including experience, employer, location, and certification.
If you have completed a medical assisting program, you will start your career as a medical assistant, performing administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, updating and filing medical record, and greeting patients. From there, you will likely move on to become a senior medical assistant, performing more clinical tasks and training and supervising junior staff members.
As a medical assistant, you will work in an office or treatment room setting. You will be in frequent contact with patients, both in person and over the phone, often acting as a calming presence during times of stress for the patient.
Physical tasks in this job are not typically very demanding, though you will likely be asked on occasion to help lift or carry medical equipment. Full-time medical assistants generally work 8 hours a day, or 40 hours a week. Depending on where they work, their schedules may include evening and weekend shifts.