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MEDICAL PROGRAMSMedical Administrative Assistant

Carrington’s Medical Administrative Assistant program prepares graduates to work and help efficiently run medical clinics and organizations.

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Real World Skills
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
Start Your Path
Earn a Certificate of Achievement in as few as 9 months.
Flexible Learning Options
Conveniently available at 2 of our California campuses.
Affordable Tuition
Affordable tuition varies by program and location.

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Discover What it’s Like to Train to Become a Medical Administrative Assistant at Carrington College

Discover What it’s Like to Train to Become a Medical Administrative Assistant at Carrington College

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Find your path as a Medical Administrative Assistant

Talk to an enrollment services representative about your options and earn your certificate in as few as 9 months!

What Will I Learn?

Health Care Office Procedures
Medical and Dental Insurance
Anatomy, Physiology, and Terminology

Read Our Career Guide On Medical Administrative Assisting

At the core of a doctor’s office or medical clinic is a medical administrative assistant. This person answers the phone, schedules appointments, checks in patients, files paperwork and maintains patient databases.

Career Opportunities

Medical secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of duties to help efficiently run a medical organization. Without an administrative assistant, the daily tasks and organizational needs of a clinic might not get completed. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants are also tasked with transcribing dictation and preparing reports for physicians and other medical personnel.1

Other daily secretary and administrative assistant duties, according to the BLS, can include:1

  • Answering the phone, taking messages and transferring calls
  • Scheduling patient appointments
  • Updating event calendars for office personnel
  • Scheduling staff meetings
  • Handling incoming and outgoing mail
  • Creating reports and memos
  • Maintaining databases and filing systems (both electronic forms and paper documents)
  • Perform basic bookkeeping
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Program Details

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog.

Program Availability

Our Medical Administrative Assistant program is available at our Stockton location. We also offer the program conveniently online.

Accreditation & Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

Continuing Education For Graduates

For students wanting to further their education after their Medical Administrative Assistant certificate, Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 7 months.

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Check out our guide on becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant

At the core of a doctor’s office or medical clinic is a medical administrative assistant. This person answers the phone, schedules appointments, checks in patients, files paperwork and maintains patient databases. This fast-paced job requires the right person who can help take care of the small details at a clinic to keep it running. He or she should also have good people skills to work with patients and medical personnel to create a positive environment. If this sounds like you, learn more about the career of a medical administrative assistant.

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Medical Administrative Assistant FAQ

What does a medical administrative assistant do?

Medical administrative assistants perform vital functions that keep medical offices running efficiently and keep day-to-day operations of medical facilities on track. Medical administrative assistants perform clerical functions such as answering telephones, assisting patients with paperwork, scheduling appointments, and obtaining referrals. They also assist the medical practice with daily office operations including ordering supplies, bookkeeping, and sorting mail. Medical administrative assistants have versatile roles and can work in many types of practices.2

How long does it take to become a medical administrative assistant?

Students can earn a certificate in as few as nine months in Carrington’s Medical Administrative Assistant program.

What does a medical administrative assistant do?

Medical administrative assistants perform vital functions that keep medical offices running efficiently and keep day-to-day operations of medical facilities on track. Medical administrative assistants perform clerical functions such as answering telephones, assisting patients with paperwork, scheduling appointments, and obtaining referrals. They also assist the medical practice with daily office operations including ordering supplies, bookkeeping, and sorting mail. Medical administrative assistants have versatile roles and can work in many types of practices.2

How long does it take to become a medical administrative assistant?

Students can earn a certificate in as few as nine months in Carrington’s Medical Administrative Assistant program.