Professional Development

Medical Assistant

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical assistants often find themselves working in fast-paced environments, helping to ensure that patient care and office operations run as smoothly as possible. From processing intake to recording vital signs, their daily schedule is always made up of many essential tasks.

After successfully completing the Medical Assistant program, students will be prepared to provide direct patient care, assist with procedures, prep exam rooms, and manage laboratory tests and samples. Their workplace responsibilities will vary with the location and specialization of the medical facilities where they are employed.

Where Can You Work?

Medical assistants work alongside physicians in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, and chiropractors’ offices.


28 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Allied Healthcare Professional


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this certified medical assistant program, you’ll learn a number of skills, including:

  • Understanding basic human anatomy and utilizing medical terminology in order to effectively communicate in a healthcare facility
  • Comprehending the use of diagnosis and procedure codes as they relate to electronic health records
  • Recognizing the importance of infection control and environmental safety in general, specialty, and surgical practices
  • Understanding specimen collection techniques, cardiopulmonary testing, pharmacology and medication administration
  • Administering medications and assist with minor procedures
  • Recording vital signs, taking medical histories, and preparing patients and rooms for examinations
  • Handling laboratory specimens and providing patient education
  • Complying with HIPAA/HITECH, OSHA and CMS and other healthcare regulations and laws as they apply to patient information

Courses - 28 Weeks

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Medical Assistant Job Possibilities

Clinical Medical Assistant


$24,000 – $46,000

Medical Office Assistant


$21,000 – $42,000

Doctor's Assistant


$20,000 – $40,000

Certification Information

Upon completion of your medical assistant training, you are eligible to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exams, issued by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).



Certified Clinical
Medical Assistant

The Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification can help you stand out in the world of medical assistants and allows you to join the workforce with an advantage.


Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

The Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certificate helps you gain the skills to provide administrative support in a medical setting. Demonstrate your expertise in the field and become qualified for a number of administrative duties, as well as direct contact with patients in clinical settings.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

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Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


What are common skills certified medical assistants need to be successful?

Certified medical assistants deal with the public directly, so they need to be dependable, great communicators, active listeners and efficient problem solvers. Since certified medical assistants handle numerous clients’ health records throughout the day, they should also be well organized and able to multitask effectively with attention to detail.

What is the typical schedule of a certified medical assistant?

Most full-time certified medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work part-time, evenings or weekends.

How is a certified medical assistant different from a physician assistant?

Certified medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks under direct physician supervision. Physician assistants examine, diagnose and treat patients under a collaboration agreement with a physician, who may or may not be on-site.

What are the daily responsibilities of a certified medical assistant?

The duties of a medical assistant vary from one practice to the next and may be limited by state laws. Responsibilities vary from office to office, depending on location, size and specialty. Administrative duties may include the following: answering phone calls, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, scheduling appointments, billing and more. Clinical duties may include the following: taking medical histories, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, explaining treatment procedures to patients, drawing blood, taking electrocardiograms and more.

Is the medical assistant profession versatile compared to other health care professions?

Medical assistants are one of the most versatile allied health professionals. They are cross-trained to perform clinical and administrative responsibilities.