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Enroll in Medical Assistant Training at Everest College!

A medical assistant, an important part of the health care team, assists the doctor with a patient.

The career field of Medical Assisting has grown significantly in importance in today’s allied health care world. Medical Assistants work under the supervision of a doctor or physician and can chart a new patient's medical history, keep records, schedule appointments, take height, weight, temperature, and blood pressure information.

In addition, they may prepare and administer injections (upon direction from a physician) and also prepare a patient for their physical exam. Their responsibilities may also include performing many of the administrative duties needed by the staff of a medical practice. The industry-specific medical assistant training offered by Everest prepares students entering the Medical Assisting career field. 

More people enroll in medical assistant training and graduate from Everest than any other institution in the U.S. Graduates from the medical assistant training program are qualified to work in a variety of healthcare facilities, including:

  •  Doctor’s Offices
  •  Health Clinics
  •  Labs
  •  Hospital Outpatient Clinics
  •  Pharmaceutical Companies
  •  Medical Supply Houses
  •  Insurance Companies

Is Medical Assistant Training Right for You?

If you are interested in working in the health care field, or a medical practice but don't want to spend years in medical school, you should definitely consider medical assistant training at Everest. If the following sounds appealing to you, you may be well suited for medical assisting profession:

  • Working alongside health care practitioners such as Doctors, Nurses and Physician Assistants
  • Working with patients to provide comfort, ease fears and address concerns
  • Be able to make a difference in a life threatening emergency and lend a hand
  • Perform daily medical practice related duties in accordance to the latest HIPAA Regulations
  • Being a vital part of a medical team working for a patients health and wellness

Career Fields Associated with Medical Assistant Training

Medical Assistants typically work under the supervision of licensed Physicians and Nurses. It is a rewarding career for individuals who enjoy helping others and multi-tasking. Many people also use medical assistant training as a transitional element in furthering their employment opportunities in other allied health care fields such as:

  • Phlebotomist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Home Health Aides (HHA)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

These advanced career options usually require additional training and education.

Medical Assistant Certification

Although certification is not a requirement for working as a Medical Assistant, it is highly recommended that you complete and pass the certification process. In order to become certified as a Medical Assistant you will need to pass the MA Certification Exam that is administered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). 

Only students who pass the certification exam through the AAMA will become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). This is not to be confused with the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification, which is achieved by passing the examination offered by the American of Medical Technologists (AMT).

The training you will receive at many medical assistant schools can prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the AAMA or AMT certification exams. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for and take the exams through either AAMA or AMT.


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