Medical Assistant

Certificate/Diploma

Have you always wanted to work in the medical industry and help people? Due to the country's aging population and evolving trends in the health care industry, the need for skilled professionals in the medical field has never been greater. In fact, medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.* The Medical Assistant Diploma program at Brightwood College offers comprehensive training and education that could prepare you to enter this growing and rewarding field.

Attending a medical assistant school could help you get started on the path to a career in the health care industry. Medical assistants help physicians with routine medical exams, recording vital signs and medical histories, and explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families. Medical assistants are often called upon to help patients feel at ease and explain the health care provider's instructions.

Career-Focused Medical Assistant Program

The health care industry is competitive, so you need education and training to help you stand out. At Brightwood College, we offer professional education and comprehensive medical assistant courses that include hands-on training in both administrative and clinical responsibilities, taught by faculty members who have professional experience in their fields. We also offer a path to professional certification.

Medical/Clinical Training

The program offers medical and clinical courses that can train you to assist a supervising physician with the following:  

  • Assisting with physical examinations
  • Aiding in minor surgical procedures
  • Administering injections
  • Performing EKGs, venipuncture, and routine laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Preparing examining room instruments and equipment
  • Recording vital signs

Much of your training will be conducted in our medical training labs, which are designed to look and feel like real-world health care offices with examination tables, minor surgical instruments, lab testing machines and supplies, and CPR and EKG equipment.

Medical Office Training

Because computer technology is vital in today's health care office, our medical assistant training program also provides instruction in administrative and computer skills that complement your medical knowledge. The coursework covers the following topics:

  • Word processing
  •  Patient data documentation and maintenance   
  • Patient appointment scheduling and reception  
  • Basic accounting procedures
  • Insurance claims filing
  • Medical information transcription and correspondence preparation

Medical Assistant Certification

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may prepare graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the following:

  • The Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Locations: Dayton, El Paso, Friendswood, Houston North, Indianapolis, San Antonio (San Pedro), Vista
  • The Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) examination sponsored by American Medical Technologists (AMT).
  • The Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) examination sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Professionals (NAHP). Information can be found at www.nahpusa.com.

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus' course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

Career Outcomes

Students completing the medical assistant training program may seek the following entry-level positions in a doctor's office, clinic, or other medical facility:

  • Medical assistant
  • Hospital donor unit assistant
  • Blood bank donor unit assistant
  • Front office assistant manager

View student outcome rates for the MAERB accredited medical assistant programs at Brightwood College in Dayton, El Paso, Friendswood, Houston and San Antonio (San Pedro). 

Practicums

Prior to graduation, you will complete a practicum where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and work habits you gain in school to a real-world career setting.

The following accreditation applies to the medical assistant diploma programs in Dayton, El Paso, Friendswood, Houston, and San Antonio (San Pedro): The medical assistant diploma program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; 727.210.2350; www.caahep.org.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Medical Assistants, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (accessed March 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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