Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting

Why Transition to a Career as a Medical Assistant?

In recent years, the healthcare industry has seen a major shift in the delivery of patient care from inpatient to outpatient settings. With the shift, medical practices are expanding to meet increased demands and are expected to hire more medical assistants to handle routine administration and clinical responsibilities, freeing physicians to see more patients. The medical assistant career path offers numerous benefits, including:

  • Expand Skills

    Expand your professional skills

    Train to take advantage of more than 138,000 new medical assistant jobs expected over the next few years.

  • Nationwide

    Top 20 best jobs

    A job as a medical assistant ranks number 18 in best healthcare support jobs in the U.S.

  • Patient Focus

    Work more directly with patients

    Interact more closely with patients in a field you already love.

Training to become a medical assistant will bolster your resume and open more job opportunities in the rapidly growing healthcare industry.

Is Career Step the School for Me?

Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step, and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away. Career Step offers the following benefits:

  • Quick graduation

    Quick graduation timeline

    You can be trained and working in as little as 4 months with Career Step’s flexible, online course.

  • Preparation

    Preparation for a rapidly growing career

    Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.

  • Tuition

    Affordable tuition

    With Career Step Medical Assistant training, you can develop the expertise you need to excel in your new field for only $1,499.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to secure a successful healthcare career as a medical assistant in a clinical or administrative setting.

Medical Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential

What Will I be Doing as a Medical Assistant?

Medical assistants perform general patient care in healthcare facilities such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, and clinics. In addition to the administrative tasks you’ve already trained for, medical assistants complete clinical tasks such as the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and processing specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG

The 24/7 nature of healthcare allows for the flexibility of night and weekend schedules for medical assistants. However, most medical assistants work standard daytime hours.

How Much Can I Earn as a Medical Assistant?

Salaries for medical assistants vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. Ultimately, the pay you can expect will depend on individual employers in your area. You may be able to increase your earning potential by becoming certified.

  • Salaries

    Earn a competitive salary

    The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of medical assistants earn between $26,080 and $36,800 a year.

  • Experts

    Improve your chance of getting hired

    Most states do not require certification, however, employers prefer to hire certified assistants according to

  • Certification

    Prepare for a certification exam

    Career Step’s program will prepare you to earn the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification. Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the exam after graduation.

Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting Training Program

How Long Will the Training Take?

The Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting program includes 284 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in as little as 3 months. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your course enrollment includes 6 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.

What Will I Be Learning?

The Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting program covers:

  • Foundational science
  • Patient advocacy
  • Routine patient care
  • Clinical patient care
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG testing
The curriculum includes images, exercises, learning games, and highly interactive instructional simulations to increase your understanding of key concepts and help you learn the material. You’ll graduate prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam, and you are highly encouraged to do so.

Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting Course Tuition

How Much Does the Course Cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included for one, low tuition payment of $1,499.

The tuition fee entitles you to an initial 6 months of access to the Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting course. The program is designed to be completed in 3 months, but we provide you with 6 full months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

Course extensions are made available 3 months before your course expiration date in case you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are Payment Plans or Tuition Assistance Available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.

What is Included with My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You'll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • A Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from your instructors and our technical support team
  • Graduate support designed to help you turn your education into a job

The Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting program includes 284 hours of curriculum.

How Does the Training Pay Off for Graduates?

Medical Assistant Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Medical Billing program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Medical assistants perform general patient care in healthcare facilities such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, and clinics. As medical practices expand in the rapidly growing healthcare industry, medical assistants will take on more routine duties so physicians can see more patients. They complete both clinical and administrative tasks such as the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and process specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing health insurance
  • And more

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities. With the healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.

The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of medical assistants can earn between $26,080 and $36,800 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a medical assistant.

Most states do not require their medical assistants to be certified, though 5 states have requirements around certification: California, Connecticut, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington. (California does not technically require certification but has a lengthy list of training criteria that must be met.) Some other states recommend that medical assistants become certified to help them get a job faster.

Career Step graduates are prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)—and you’ll even receive an exam voucher upon graduation (a $155 value).

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares students to work as medical assistants. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job. With comprehensive training in clinical and administrative medical assisting, phlebotomy, and EKG, you’ll be ready to sit for the CCMA exam immediately after graduation.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into medical assisting.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our career-focused training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure students are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

The Career Step training programs prepare students for career fields where employers are looking for skilled applicants. Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure students graduate with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

  • Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
  • The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the largest and most prestigious health information organizations in the country.
  • The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program has been reviewed and approved by the State Boards of Pharmacy in Indiana, Utah, and Virginia. (Many states don't have any regulations on the education of pharmacy technicians, and very few require board approval. For more information on each state's pharmacy technician education regulations, view our State Requirements pdf.) Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy also offer Career Step Pharmacy Technician students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on externship in their stores nationwide.
  • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career education.

Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of education provided by different schools. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs help prepare students to earn the following third-party credentials:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

This focus on helping you gain the skills needed to succeed in the workforce has made our students successful in the job market—over 84% of Career Step graduates are employed in their field of study, 92% of employed Medical Transcription graduates work from home in their first job, Medical Coding and Billing graduates report a certification exam pass rate that’s a full 15 percentage points higher than the national average, and Pharmacy Technician students can take advantage of externship opportunities with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

Learn more about the value of career-focused education in our quick video.

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a medical assistant.

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • A Personal Student Advocate who will help you navigate the program, set goals, learn good study habits, access your resources, start networking, and succeed in your chosen field of study. They’ll set up regular phone calls to help you stay on track and reach out to you through email and text as well. Your Student Advocate will be there for you every step of the way.
  • Student Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable and experienced can help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
  • Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after help you transition to the workforce after graduation.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student success team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

The Career FastTrack: Medical Assisting training program is 284 hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete your training is up to you. The course is designed to be completed in 3 months of study, and you receive an initial 6-month period of enrollment to provide you the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for you.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Career Step offers personalized, post-graduation resources for your job search, including:

  • Personal consultation with a Graduate Advisor
  • New job opening notifications
  • Personalized interview tutorials and training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to Career Step's help hotline for 6 months after graduation

These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our graduates are hired within a few months of graduation.

Learn more about Career Step’s graduate support in this quick interview with several of our Graduate Advisors.

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical assistant. Your enrollment includes:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • A voucher to take the CCMA certification exam
  • One-on-one help from student and technical support

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days. Your coding reference materials will be sent after you reach a certain point in the training program to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date materials.