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Medical Assisting Diploma

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Earn Your Medical Assisting Diploma

Eligible new students enrolled for the May, July, August or October 2023 start date could save up to $4K with the Medical Assisting Inspire Grant.

If you’ve got a mind for medicine and a heart for healing, our Medical Assisting Diploma program could be just the beginning of your healthcare career. Our program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) at select campuses and focuses on direct patient care skills and administrative office skills to help you be career-ready in as few as 12 months.

Medical assistant jobs are projected to grow 16% between 2021 and 2031, much faster than average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not only do many of our campuses offer online and on-campus courses that fit into a busy working schedule, but these expert courses also help you develop the skills you need to embark on a career as a medical assistant. Feel prepared to take one of the industry standards in medical assisting certification, the CMA or RMA, and help make yourself more marketable within the medical community.

Opportunities to use relevant digital tools and virtual simulation labs will enhance your knowledge in clinic operations and procedures. You will gain experience by learning how to input confidential patient information into an electronic health record system (EHR) and practicing the correct process for hands-on clinical skills, such as phlebotomy and administering injections. You'll also build your experience and confidence demonstrating EKGs and obtaining vital signs. Our Medical Assisting program is as real as it gets—students are provided the opportunity, tools and guidance to ensure they are performing clinical skills correctly, safely and efficiently.

During your clinical externship, you will demonstrate the valuable skills and knowledge you’ve learned in the program. Develop on-the-job skills by performing medical assisting administrative duties and clinical skills. Start by shadowing a medical assistant, then transition to hands-on responsibilities under the supervision of a medical assistant.

Now is the time to make a change—get started on your future Medical Assisting Diploma today.

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Skills for Direct Patient Care

As a Medical Assisting student, you’ll move through coursework individually, but work together with other students in labs to practice hands-on skills:

  1. Administrative and clinical skills, both front- and back-office
  2. Appointment scheduling and check-ins, referrals, and collecting co-pays
  3. Perform in-house clinical lab testing and lab specimen collection
  4. Patient intake, preparation and record vitals
  5. EKG testing
  6. Administer injections and blood draws
  7. Emergency life-saving procedures, including CPR and first aid
  8. Learn about and discuss how to assist in minor surgical procedures such as ablations, cauterizations, biopsies and more
  9. Practice rooming diverse patients with different types of care
  10. Professionalism in the workplace, including scheduling, communication skills, and computer literacy

Six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills, are embedded into every program at every level:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Digital fluency
  3. Information literacy
  4. Communication
  5. Diversity and teamwork
  6. Ethics and professional responsibility

Blend of Online and On-Campus

Online courses allow you to learn when it’s convenient for you and you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Attend live and interactive lectures and interact with students and instructors virtually
  • Listen to lectures at a time that's convenient for you
  • Use digital tools regularly used in the field
  • Watch online video tutorials to learn new skills before in-person labs

When you're on campus, you'll have the ability to:

  • Work side-by-side with peers and experienced, supportive instructors on the campus nearest you, receiving personalized attention and consistent collaboration
  • Gain confidence in your skills with hands-on experience and real-time feedback
  • Learn key skills mostly in-person with small class sizes (no more than 20–25 students per class)

Medical Assisting Career Path

Our program allows you to enroll in core courses every step of the way, helping you prepare to succeed in your industry. You'll gain the professional and technical skills needed to help you begin your healthcare career. When you're ready to advance your education, you can seamlessly transfer your Medical Assisting Diploma credits to earn our Healthcare Associate's degree (Health Sciences in Illinois) with a specialization in Medical Assisting.

Certifications and Exams

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to take one of the industry standard exams in medical assisting certification, the CMA or RMA,—and the exam fee for your first attempt is included in the total program cost. You may also qualify for a number of certifications through the American Medical Technologist (AMT).

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