Medical Assistant Training Programs

Medical Assistant Training

Medical assistant training provides students with the job skills and background knowledge needed to perform as a medical assistant in a hospital or other clinical setting. Training for medical assistants consists largely of background knowledge in the basic medical topics that must be familiar to all medical personnel, in addition to hands-on treatment procedures and basic patient care.

Training varies with the type of medical assisting being entered into; clinical medical assistants experience a more clinical training focus than administrative medical assistants, for example. However, for any medical assisting profession, the majority of the necessary education is the same.

What to Expect During Medical Assistant Training

Since medical assisting is a relatively flexible occupation, training may cover a few different areas of clinical, office and administrative practices.

Clinical Practices

Training for clinical medical assistants focuses the most heavily in this area. Clinical medical assistant training consists of classroom and lecture-based courses in core medical subjects such as:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology

Additionally, clinical medical assistant training includes hands-on patient care procedures, sometimes in simulated clinical environments. This aspect of medical assistant training teaches students proper treatment protocols, sterilization techniques, infection control, and other areas of patient bedside care.

Some of these areas include:

  • Wound Care
  • Taking and Interpreting Vitals
  • Drawing Blood (Phlebotomy)
  • Administering Topical Treatments
  • Taking X-Rays

Administrative Practices

In addition to clinical and patient care practices, training for medical assistants may also include medical office practices. As many MAs perform a combination of clinical and administrative job duties, it is important to be trained in this area as well.

Some areas covered by medical assistant administrative training include:

  • Front Office Management
  • Phone Etiquette
  • Handling Patient Records
  • Finance and Accounting Practices

Training Preparation

Medical assistant training programs typically require a high school diploma or a GED for enrollment.

While in high school, there are also certain subjects that can help students build a solid foundation for medical training and prepare for a good medical assistant school experience. Some of these courses are:

  •  Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Anatomy
  • Typing and Computer Skills
  • Health
  • Chemistry
  • English

Upon graduating from high school, achieving strong SAT scores in areas of science will also help students demonstrate a strong foundation for medical practice, though this is not a requirement for becoming a medical assistant.

Where to Find Training

Medical assistant training can be found at a variety of types of school, including junior and community colleges, career schools and universities. The level and quality of education varies from school to school based on factors such as the school’s quality and the degree or credential sought. Accreditation organizations exist to ensure training quality meets medical assistant industry standards.

Online medical assistant schools are also an option for students who can’t make the time commitment to attend a classroom-based program each week. These programs provide the same training as campus-based programs using the Internet and remote communication methods.

Medical assistants may receive training to earn a diploma, an associate’s degree, or a certificate. The focus of training and the length of the program varies for each of these options.

Medical Assistant Training Programs Enrolling Now

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed – and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 – more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started – and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

Campus
  • San Antonio
  • Dallas
  • Kansas City
  • Arlington
  • North Hollywood
  • Portland
  • Garden Grove
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
Programs
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma
  • Medical Assisting - (AAS)
  • Medical Administrative Assistant

Kaplan College

A college education is important in today’s workforce. Kaplan College gives you the right mix of professional experience and classroom instruction in our accelerated programs to help you succeed in your new career! Kaplan College can help you train for a new career with diploma programs ranging in just a few months. Take advantage of all the benefits Kaplan College offers today!

Campus
  • Sacramento
  • Vista
  • Dallas
  • SE Indianapolis
  • El Paso
  • Palm Springs
  • Salida (Modesto)
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Clinical/Clerical

Kaplan University

Kaplan University’s high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to fit the schedule of busy professionals. An accredited university offering 170 degrees and programs, we are committed to helping those with talent and dedication earn their degree.*

Through a progressive curriculum, accomplished faculty, and the flexibility to study virtually anytime, anywhere you have an Internet connection, Kaplan University could help you build the skills and credentials to pursue your career and educational goals.†

*Kaplan University is regionally accredited. See our website for details. Please note that not all programs are offered at all locations.

†Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

Campus
  • Milwaukee Learning Center
  • Indianapolis Learning Center
  • South Portland, ME
  • Lewiston, ME
Programs
  • AAS in Medical Assisting

Lincoln / Lincoln Technical Institute

Are you looking for hands-on training at a well-respected technical school?

Since 1946, Lincoln Technical Institute has been helping students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. Our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology.

What sets Lincoln Technical Institute apart from other schools? Quite a few things, actually; our training programs emphasize experiential, interactive learning activities – that means you’ll do the job before you take the job. Plus, our Certificate, Diploma and Associate Degree programs are designed to accelerate your entry into the job market by offering a shorter length of training, so you may be earning valuable on-the-job experience before many of your peers do.

But our strengths go beyond that. our Lincoln instructors possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise and real world experience. Plus, we’ve built working partnerships with important industry contacts in your area. So when you graduate, we’ll help you find a good position and start your career off right.

When it comes to choosing a post-secondary educational institution, keep this in mind: Our dedication to your success sets us apart from the competition – and the specialized, career-focused training you’ll receive at Lincoln will set you apart from yours. Lincoln Technical Institute offers flexible daytime and evening programs to accommodate your busy schedule. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify and Career Placement Assistance is available upon graduation.

Campus
  • Brockton MA (Southeastern MA)
  • Allentown
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Technology

Carrington College California

Now you can earn your associate degree and can get started in the career field you’ve always dreamed of more conveniently than ever by attending the online Campus of Carrington College California. Considered a leader in education, Carrington College California has a long history of helping students succeed in real world careers.

Campus
  • San Jose
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
  • San Leandro
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

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