The field of healthcare is growing and constantly evolving. To keep up with these changes and deliver care to patients as efficiently as possible, many employers rely on the expert support of medical assistants. By earning a Medical Assisting Certificate or Associate degree at Carrington College® or Carrington College® California, you can learn the skills necessary to perform common clinical procedures and administrative tasks.
The Medical Assisting programs at our institutions were designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge you’ll be expected to know and the specialized skills you may be required to utilize as an entry-level medical assistant. This program:
- Is comprised of three segments: administrative, clinical and externship
- Gives you the ability to acquire real-world experience while performing an externship at an approved healthcare facility
- Can prepare you to take one or more national certification exams to attain credentials such as Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) or Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).* Credential preparation varies by location
A fast-growing field full of new opportunities
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 31% from 2010 to 2020.** You should also know that medical assisting is a career that can lead you to a number of opportunities within the healthcare field.
You can pursue employment in environments such as doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, hospitals (though not in emergency rooms), assisted living facilities, chiropractors’ offices, massage therapy clinics and even medical spas.
We can help you develop a wide range of skills in a short amount of time
When you enter our Medical Assisting training program you can be confident that you will receive a broad education that prepares you to perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties. The first segment of the program focuses on front office administrative responsibilities. These include everything from greeting patients to basic computer skills such as word processing to medical billing and coding. The next segment focuses on back office, or clinical responsibilities. You’ll get extensive hands-on experience with tools and instruments in our realistic simulation labs. Additionally, you can get the instruction you need to meet state requirements (where needed) for injection and venipuncture. The final segment of the program is a 240-hour externship in Portland or 180-hour externship in other states, that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your competency in your skills in the field.
Once you’ve completed the Medical Assisting program, you should be able to demonstrate your proficiency, professionalism and critical thinking abilities as you carry out the responsibilities of a medical assistant. These include:
- Performing clerical and bookkeeping functions, such as scheduling and the processing of insurance claims
- Recording vital signs and conducting a variety of diagnostic tests such as EKGs
- Drawing blood samples, giving injections and removing sutures
- Assisting with routine patient procedures
- Assisting physicians with in-office surgical procedures
- Providing patient education about care and medications
To learn more about educational and career opportunities in Medical Assisting, contact one of our Enrollment Services Representatives.