Medical Assistant Diploma Program Overview

Medial Assistants are primarily employed by physician offices, but also they may also be employed by medical centers, medical specialty clinics, medical transcription agencies, laboratories and emergency rooms. With a projected 23 percent growth rate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics*, which is much faster than average job growth rate for all occupations. 

Medical Assistants have become an important part of the health care team and their responsibilities continue to expand.

The Medical Assistant diploma program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as medical assistants in a variety of health care settings. Students learn the structure and function of the major body systems in conjunction with medical terminology, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, computer skills, administrative processes, bookkeeping and accounting practices, and the processing of medical insurance forms and claims.

You will learn how to maintain a high quality of patient care; take vital signs, run laboratory and diagnostic tests, all while utilizing your organization, communication and management skills. Upon graduation, you should have the skills to seek entry-level employment in a clinic, doctor's office, medical centers or surgical center.

Medical Assistant Training Class

Hands-on learning includes:

  • Patient care and communication
  • Clinical assisting and pharmacology
  • Medical insurance, bookkeeping and health sciences
  • Cardiopulmonary procedures
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Endocrinology and reproduction
  • Therapeutic care

Upon completion of the required coursework, students participate in an externship.

Medical Assistant Career Opportunities

Since Medical Assistant diploma students are educated in both administrative and clinical procedures, they are capable of filling a variety of entry-level positions, including:

  • Clinical or Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Insurance Biller
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Optometric Assistant

Programs may vary by campus. Please refer to the school catalog available at the campus in your area for specific program information.


* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

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