Medical Assistant

Medical assistants are multi-skilled health care practitioners trained to work in the business and clinical parts of a medical office, clinic or hospital. They assist physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists in helping their offices run smoothly. They may take and record patient history and personal information, measure vital signs, help with examinations, schedule appointments, prepare blood for laboratory tests, or give patients injections as directed by the physician.

best-medical-assistant-schoolsJackson College is pleased to announce that its medical assistant program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools. As a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information, the site released its annual ranking for the 2016-2017 school year, honoring Jackson College as the #11 Best Medical Assistant Program in the nation.

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Completion of a medical assistant certificate program and professional certification prepare students for entry-level positions. Completion of an associate degree will further career opportunities. Medical assistant classes foster educating students in all areas, preparing them with necessary skills and interpersonal savvy necessary in the health field where one is working with patients who may be sick or injured.

Upon completion, the student becomes eligible for the AAMA Medical Assistant Certification exam to be a Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. Jackson College’s program may be completed in as little as 15 months.

Students will complete a practicum experience with a licensed health care practitioner as part of their program.

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Pay

Ranges from $20,600-$45,000. Click here for additional pay range information for medical assistants.

Career Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging Baby Boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.