Medical Assisting FAQ

  1. What do medical assistants do?

    Medical assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties. Of course, duties vary from office to office depending on location, size and specialty. Over half of medical assistants are employed in physicians' offices. They may also work in hospitals, outpatient care centers, educational services, government agencies, laboratories, and nursing care facilities.

    Administrative duties may include:

    • Using computer applications
    • Answering telephones
    • Greeting Patients
    • Updating and filing patient medical records
    • Coding and filling out insurance forms
    • Scheduling appointments
    • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
    • Handling correspondence, billing and book-keeping

    Clinical duties vary state by state, but may include:

    • Taking medical histories
    • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
    • Preparing patients for examination
    • Assisting the physician during the exam
    • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
    • Performing basic laboratory tests
    • Instructing patients about medication and special diets
    • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
    • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
    • Drawing blood
    • Taking electrocardiograms
    • Removing sutures and changing dressings
  2. How long will it take me to complete the program? Will I have to attend full-time?

    It will take two years to complete the Medical Assisting Program which spans five semesters. Students who have had related courses prior to entering the program (or who are transferring courses in from another institution) may not have to repeat those courses unless the grade received was lower than a "C". The number of courses taken ahead of time may decease the amount of time spent in classes each semester, but will not decrease the overall span of the curriculum.

  3. Is the medical assisting program online?

    Many courses are online. Courses with lab components are not online.

  4. What kind of job can I get with this degree?

    Graduates may work in physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, health departments, and hospitals.

  5. Are there jobs available for medical assistants?

    90% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation.