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Medical Assistant Program Overview

If you've ever dreamed of working in the healthcare field alongside doctors and nurses, Everest's Medical Assistant program is a great option to consider. At Everest, you can get the practical, hands-on training you need to compete for entry-level medical assistant positions in physicians' offices, clinics, urgent care centers and other health care facilities around the country.

As the title suggests, medical assistants provide valuable support to doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. Physicians count on medical assistants to:

  • Greet and process incoming patients
  • Prepare patients for exams
  • Perform routine clinical tasks
  • Take patient histories
  • Obtain vital signs
  • Measure blood pressure
  • Measure height and weight, and take temperature

In addition, medical assistants also often help with the administrative tasks of running an office, such as answering phones, making appointments, managing computer data and processing paperwork.

Note: Program schedules and availability vary by campus.

Medical Assistant Courses

Everest's Medical Assistant program will prepare you to work as a professional medical assistant in a doctor's office, clinic or similar health care venue in less than one year.

Everest offers a course curriculum that is tightly focused on the subjects most relevant to the job you're preparing to perform. As a student enrolled in the program, you'll have the opportunity to study subjects including:

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

After completing your required Medical Assistant courses, you'll then participate in a 200-hour externship in a physician's office.

Your courses will be taught in both a traditional classroom setting and in a laboratory where you'll get hands-on training with real tools of the trade. Your instructors will be experienced health care professionals. Much of your work will be done in small groups, so you'll get to share with—and get help from—your fellow students. Upon graduation, you can get further support from Everest's Career Services staff, which can provide valuable help in your transition from school into the workplace.*

Note: This Medical Assistant program description is not necessarily reflective of every Medical Assistant program offered across all Everest campuses. This is a summary of general topics learned within most schools. Please check your specific campus catalog for details about the program taught at your local campus.

Medical Assistant Careers

In 2014, there were approximately 591,000 medical assistants working across the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects that number to grow by around 14% through 2024. It cites the growth of the aging baby-boom population and an increase in demand for preventive medical services as key contributors to this growth. The BLS anticipates physicians hiring more medical assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians themselves to see more patients.

As a graduate of Everest's Medical Assistant program, you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care settings performing one of several possible roles. Everest Medical Assistant program graduates have been employed in work settings including:

  • Physicians' Offices
  • Clinics
  • Surgical Centers
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant

Note: Program availability, version and schedules vary by campus. Please check your campus catalog for specific details about which medical assistant programs programs are available.

*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.

Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00

Financial Aid

Everest helps students reach their educational goals and reduce student loan debt in a number of ways, including institutional grants and scholarships.*

Students are encouraged to use our resources as often as needed. These services are included at no additional cost and include:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment

Contact ECMC Solutions, Everest’s loan counseling partner, by phone at 1-877-331-3262 or visit its website to email or web chat: http://www.ecmcsolutions.org/.

Scholarships and Grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Everest and WyoTech schools owned by Zenith Education Group who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Contact a representative by phone at (888) 223-8556 or click here to learn more.

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