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Medical Assistant

Gain the skills you’ll need to become this critical member of a medical team.

Medical Assistant

Gain the skills you’ll need to become this critical member of a medical team.

9 Weeks

Program Length

CCMA

Certification

Issuing Authority

Young female medical assistant checks child patient heartbeat

Career Insight

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Certified Medical Assistants play an important role in helping the medical practice run smoothly. You’ll handle general patient care as well as medical administrative duties, so you’ll need to be organized, flexible, and empathetic. It’s also beneficial if you enjoy a fast-paced work environment and are able to pay close attention to details. Your duties as a medical assistant will vary depending on the medical office you work in, but some of your day-to-day tasks could include:

 Obtaining patient vital signs

 Administering medication 

 Assisting during procedures

 Performing phlebotomy

 Managing medical records

 Processing health insurance

 Scheduling appointments

 Arranging hospital admissions and lab services

249,821

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow 29% in the next 10 years. In addition, while salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, medical assistants earn between $27,000 and $38,340 per year on average.
 

Note: Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

Healthcare is growing at a faster pace than other industries, resulting in lots of job opportunities and plenty of upward mobility. As a certified medical assistant, you can work in a variety of settings including physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and urgent care facilities, as well as laboratories and nursing homes. The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules an option, too, if that fits your lifestyle, however, most medical assistants work regular daytime hours. And did you know that Medical Assistant ranked highly on several of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs lists (specifically, #9 in Best Jobs Without A College Degree, #10 in Best Health Care Support Jobs, and #64 in 100 Best Jobs )?

This program will educate you in a wide variety of skills that you’ll need in your role as a medical assistant, and it will prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) certification exam. Individuals who have earned the CCMA credential have the skills to find jobs as:

Medical Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistant

 Clinical Assistant

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

Healthcare is growing at a faster pace than other industries, resulting in lots of job opportunities and plenty of upward mobility. As a certified medical assistant, you can work in a variety of settings including physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and urgent care facilities, as well as laboratories and nursing homes. The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules an option, too, if that fits your lifestyle, however, most medical assistants work regular daytime hours. And did you know that Medical Assistant ranked highly on several of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Jobs lists (specifically, #9 in Best Jobs Without A College Degree, #10 in Best Health Care Support Jobs, and #64 in 100 Best Jobs )?

This program will educate you in a wide variety of skills that you’ll need in your role as a medical assistant, and it will prepare you to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) certification exam. Individuals who have earned the CCMA credential have the skills to find jobs as:

Medical Assistant

Administrative Medical Assistant

 Clinical Assistant

249,821

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US
 
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow 29% in the next 10 years. In addition, while salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, medical assistants earn between $27,000 and $38,340 per year on average.
 

Note: Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-led online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-let online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Certified Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant program will fully prepare you with a wide variety of skills, making you an essential part of the healthcare team, and it will provide the knowledge to achieve the National Healthcare Career (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCAA) certification.

Attaining the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national certification proves that you have the expertise to perform general patient care and routine administrative tasks to help keep physician’s offices and clinics running efficiently.

This 9-week online certification program will provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of clinical medical assisting, including care and management of the patient, the different body systems, administering and injecting medications, insurance, and coding requirements, the special needs of pediatric and geriatric patients, and employment opportunities and strategies for Medical Assistants.

Scheduling Details

Schedule: Coursework available 24/7

Total Course Hours: 175

Estimated Completion Time: 

Set your own pace…You decide how quickly you want to get certified.

  • Students who commit 20 hours/week can complete in 9 weeks.
  • Students who commit 10 hours/week can complete in 18 weeks.

Maximum time to complete: Students have access to the online course materials for 12 months.

Instruction & Evaluation Strategies
  • Expert-led online video training
  • Skills demonstrations, simulations, and online activities to aid learning
  • Quizzes and Exams
Books and Materials Used:
  • eBook: Kinn’s The Clinical Medical Assistant, 14th Edition 
  • eBook: Study Guide and Procedure Checklist Manual for Kinn’s The Clinical Medical Assistant, 14th Edition 

Textbooks are included in the cost of tuition.

Outline/Lessons
  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Assisting
  • Lesson 2: Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting, Part 1

  • Lesson 3: Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting, Part 2

  • Lesson 4: Assisting with Medications

  • Lesson 5: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 1
  • Lesson 6: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 2
  • Lesson 7: Assisting with Medical Specialties, Part 3
  • Lesson 8: Assisting with Clinical Laboratory Procedures

  • Lesson 9: Job Seeking

Upon successful completion students will be able to:
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of a typical medical assistant.
  • Discuss the importance of patient health records. 
  • Use anatomical and medical vocabulary correctly. 
  • Explain the role of medical assistants in infection control. 
  • Identify the average body temperature, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure for various age groups. 
  • Identify typical solutions, medications, and equipment used in minor surgical procedures.
  • Detail the medical assistant’s role in minor office surgeries.
  • Identify the classifications of medications, including the indications for use, desired effects, side effects, adverse reactions, forms, and medical administration.
  • Summarize the important parts of a drug label.
  • Describe how a medical assistant should assist in various medical specialties. 
  • Explain how the medical assistant works with the clinical laboratory. 
  • Explain best practices in searching for a job in medical assisting.

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When choosing a school, it’s important to consider how it will fit in with your life. You’ll need the right program, the right funding, and the right resources and support to help you succeed.

In addition to offering comprehensive student support dedicated to helping you reach your goals, NTI’s online programs work within your schedule. Call today at (469) 930-2404 to connect with an advisor or fill out the form below. We’re here to help!

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