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Medical Assistant Diploma Program Overview

In recent years, the medical assisting profession has become indispensable to the health care field. Not only have physicians become more reliant on medical assistants, but they may also be employed by medical centers, medical specialty clinics, medical transcription agencies, laboratories and emergency rooms.

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
  • Outpatient Surgery 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.

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

  • For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Thornton Program Disclosures.
  • The Medical Assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Medical Assistant diploma program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of March 18, 2016. Although the program is on probation, currently enrolled students and graduates are still eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification examination through the American Association of Medical Assistants and/or the Registered Medical Assistant certification examination through American Medical Technologists. If you have any questions regarding this notification, please direct all inquiries to the school's Executive Director, Carissa Seger.
  • Completion rates for this program*:
    • For those full-time students who enrolled in this program July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013, fewer than 10 students completed for the enrollment cohort. The completion percentage has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

* For information regarding assumptions made in establishing these completion rates, click here.

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