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Carrington’s Medical Assisting program prepares graduates to work in medical clinics.

Real World Skills
With many classes to guide you, you’re certain to be prepared for your career.
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Complete in as few as 9 months for a Certificate*
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Offered at 15 locations around the country including locations in AZ, CA, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA.
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Discover What it’s Like to Train to Become a Medical Assistant at Carrington College

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

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Overall, my experience at Carrington was incredibly positive; the entire staff was helpful and hands-on.
Juandarius H.2020 Medical Assisting Student

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Find your path in Medical Assisting.

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

What Will I learn?

Medical Office Administration
Perform clerical functions, bookkeeping functions, and process insurance claims within the medical office setting.
Diagnostic Tests
Conduct a variety of diagnostic tests using equipment, materials, and techniques within the scope of practice.
Assist with Patient Procedures
Perform and assist with routine patient procedures and care as they relate to a medical setting.
Equipment and Supplies
Maintain supplies and equipment as it relates to a medical setting.

Career Opportunities

Medical assistants aid doctors by performing basic clinical procedures and handling a variety of administrative duties.

Program Details

Program Availability

Carrington College’s Medical Assisting program is available at a number of locations. To learn more about each location, explore their location pages.

Cost & Financial Aid

Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. 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.

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Program Specific Disclosures

Retention Rate

Based on the most recent annual report submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):

  • Citrus Heights: 66.13% (2019)
  • Pleasant Hill: 63.49% (2019)
  • Portland: 73.49% (2019)
  • Sacramento: 60.28% (2019)
  • San Jose: 80.00% (2019)
  • San Leandro: 54.78% (2019)
  • Stockton: 70.69% (2019)

Accreditation and 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/.

The Medical Assisting certificate programs at the Albuquerque, Boise, Citrus Heights, Las Vegas, Mesa, Phoenix, Pleasant Hill, Portland, Reno, Sacramento (except online), San Jose, San Leandro, Spokane, Stockton, and Tucson campuses are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, 727 210 2350, caahep.org).

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

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.  Visit Our Health Studies Page

Check out our guide on becoming a Medical Assistant.

Have you always wanted to work in a medical setting, but don’t want to attend school for years? Then a job as a medical assistant might be a good career for you. Medical assistants work in a variety of roles in medical offices and clinical settings supporting the licensed staff with technical tasks.

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Medical Assistant FAQ

How long does it take to become a medical assistant?

One of the benefits of becoming a medical assistant is that you can prepare to enter the working world much faster than other medical roles. You can complete a Medical Assisting program in as few as nine months for a certificate of achievement.

What is the average cost of a medical assistant program?

The average cost of medical assistant training will vary widely based on the institution at which you are enrolled, any financial aid you receive, and whether you seek a certificate or associate degree. To learn more about the cost of Carrington College’s Medical Assisting program, check out the Academic Catalog.

Do medical assistants need a degree?

You do not need a degree to work in medical assisting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed a training program. Carrington College offers a Medical Assisting certificate program that can be completed in as few as nine months.

Is a medical assistant higher than a CNA?

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an entry-level healthcare worker who helps nurses with patient care. A medical assistant, on the other hand, works with more members of a medical team and may also fulfil some clerical duties. It is hard to say if a medical assistant is higher than a CNA, as they are separate roles.

What classes do medical assistants take?

A sample of Medical Assisting classes at Carrington College includes:

MA Administration Theory 1—This course provides theory in the following areas: telephone techniques, oral communication, verbal follow-up, written follow-up, managing and maintaining the office, computers, appointments, records and filing, patient education, legal issues and biomedical ethics.

MA Clinical Applications 1—This course provides concepts and entry-level skill applications for the following procedures: vitals including height, weight and vision screening, aseptic hand washing, lab safety, microscopes, venipuncture, injections (parenteral medications), ABO/RH typing, capillary puncture, hemoglobin, hematocrit, glucose, urinalysis, audiometer and electrocardiography

What does a medical assistant do?

Medical assistants perform a number of clinical and administrative tasks in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and care centers. Since medical assistants work in a variety of settings, duties can differ greatly depending on the care setting, size of the facility, and specialty of the physicians who work there.

Some medical assistant duties may include:2

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help physicians with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records
What is the difference between a medical assistant and a CNA?

A CNA provides basic care and helps patients with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, using the toilet, and helping them eat.4 A medical assistant works with patients in both a clinical and clerical capacity. Some duties of a medical assistant may include recording patient history, taking vital signs, and scheduling appointments. The main distinction between CNAs and medical assistants is that medical assistants complete clerical work.

Is formal medical assistant training worth it?

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if formal medical assistant training is worth it. Medical assisting is a rewarding career in which you will be able to work with patients and healthcare professionals.

How long does it take to become a medical assistant?

One of the benefits of becoming a medical assistant is that you can prepare to enter the working world much faster than other medical roles. You can complete a Medical Assisting program in as few as nine months for a certificate of achievement.

What is the average cost of a medical assistant program?

The average cost of medical assistant training will vary widely based on the institution at which you are enrolled, any financial aid you receive, and whether you seek a certificate or associate degree. To learn more about the cost of Carrington College’s Medical Assisting program, check out the Academic Catalog.

Do medical assistants need a degree?

You do not need a degree to work in medical assisting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, although there are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states, employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed a training program. Carrington College offers a Medical Assisting certificate program that can be completed in as few as nine months.

Is a medical assistant higher than a CNA?

A certified nursing assistant (CNA) is an entry-level healthcare worker who helps nurses with patient care. A medical assistant, on the other hand, works with more members of a medical team and may also fulfil some clerical duties. It is hard to say if a medical assistant is higher than a CNA, as they are separate roles.

What classes do medical assistants take?

A sample of Medical Assisting classes at Carrington College includes:

MA Administration Theory 1—This course provides theory in the following areas: telephone techniques, oral communication, verbal follow-up, written follow-up, managing and maintaining the office, computers, appointments, records and filing, patient education, legal issues and biomedical ethics.

MA Clinical Applications 1—This course provides concepts and entry-level skill applications for the following procedures: vitals including height, weight and vision screening, aseptic hand washing, lab safety, microscopes, venipuncture, injections (parenteral medications), ABO/RH typing, capillary puncture, hemoglobin, hematocrit, glucose, urinalysis, audiometer and electrocardiography

What does a medical assistant do?

Medical assistants perform a number of clinical and administrative tasks in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and care centers. Since medical assistants work in a variety of settings, duties can differ greatly depending on the care setting, size of the facility, and specialty of the physicians who work there.

Some medical assistant duties may include:2

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help physicians with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

What is the difference between a medical assistant and a CNA?

A CNA provides basic care and helps patients with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, using the toilet, and helping them eat.4 A medical assistant works with patients in both a clinical and clerical capacity. Some duties of a medical assistant may include recording patient history, taking vital signs, and scheduling appointments. The main distinction between CNAs and medical assistants is that medical assistants complete clerical work.

Is formal medical assistant training worth it?

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if formal medical assistant training is worth it. Medical assisting is a rewarding career in which you will be able to work with patients and healthcare professionals.

Disclaimers

* Carrington College prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

  1. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-2