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Train for a Career as a Medical Assistant

Career Step’s Medical Assistant program prepares you to work directly with patients in the rapidly growing healthcare industry. As medical practices expand, medical assistants will take on more routine duties, so physicians can see more patients. The career path offers many benefits:

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Growing demand

Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow by 29%, or over 184,000 jobs, by 2026, ensuring a high job placement rate.

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Financial Security

Medical assistants enjoy competitive salaries, averaging between $27,000 and $38,000 annually, and the potential for traditional employment benefits.

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Helping people

You can work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.

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Top 20 best jobs

A job as a medical assistant ranks #5 in best healthcare support jobs in the U.S. based on salary, job market, future growth, stress, and work-life balance.

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Quick graduation timeline

The program is designed so you can be trained and working in as little as four months with Career Step’s flexible, online course.

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Clinical externship

You will gain hands-on experience in patient care, medical office administration, phlebotomy, and EKG with a clinical externship once your coursework is done.

Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step and train to become a medical assistant in a clinical or administrative setting from the comfort of your home with our flexible program, and change the course of your life.

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. 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 processing specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing health insurance
  • And more

The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules a possibility 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 the type of job you take. You may be able to increase your earning potential by completing a medical assisting program and becoming certified.

Most states do not require certification; however, according to www.bls.gov, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Career Step’s program will prepare you to earn the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification—and even includes a voucher to take the exam after graduation—so you can be ahead of the game without getting an AAS degree.

Is a career in medical assisting right for you?

If you have always wanted to work in healthcare taking care of patients, medial assisting might be just the career for you. Find out more in this informative video.

Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship Training

How long will the training take?

Career Step’s Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship program includes 510 hours of curriculum add on a 130-hour clinical externship for a total of 640 hours and is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.

What will I be learning?

The Career Step online Medical Assistant with the added Clinical Externship training program covers the following:

  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Healthcare reimbursement
  • Basic anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical office procedures
  • Routine patient care
  • Clinical patient care
  • Medical office administration
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG testing
  • And more

You’ll graduate prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam—and you’ll even receive a voucher to take the exam when you complete the course. You’ll also be prepared to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), and Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exams. The curriculum includes images, exercises, learning games, highly interactive instructional simulations to increase your understanding of key concepts and help you learn the material, and a clinical externship covering patient care, medical office administration, phlebotomy, and EKG.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship program? Download the Program Brochure or Learning Objectives to learn more.

Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship Course Tuition

How much does the medical assistant training cost?

Enroll in the Medical Assisting program for one low tuition payment starting at $2,999.

The tuition fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the Medical Assistant course. The medical assistant program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and we provide you 12 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

Upon graduation, add on the Clinical Externship for $980, which covers patient care, medical office administration, plebotomy, and EKG..

A voucher to take the CCMA certification exam upon graduation is available for $155.

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.

Invest in the entire package at a discounted price of $3,999.

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 available with your Career Step program:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • A Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from your instructors and our technical support team
  • Graduate services designed to help you turn your education into a job
  • Upon graduation a 130-hour clinical externship can be added.
  • A voucher to take the CCMA certification exam can be added upon graduation.

The Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship program includes 510 hours of curriculum plus an added 130-hour clinical externship for a total of 640 hours.

Do MyCAA grants cover the Medical Assistant program?

Yes. Military spouses can receive a MyCAA grant covering up to $4,000 in program expenses. The MyCAA program covers 100% of the cost of Career Step's approved courses, so you can go to school with no out-of-pocket expense. If you have questions about this program, please call 855-261-7366 to speak with a dedicated military academic advisor and find out if you qualify today!

Medical Assistant Career: Is it Right for You?

You could be trained and working as a medical assistant, and making a real difference in people’s lives, in as little as four months. Watch this video to learn more about our Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship program and see if this career is right for you.

Medical Assistant Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Medical Assistant 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 processing 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 29%, or over 184,000 jobs, by 2026.

The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of medical assistants can earn between $27,000 and $38,000 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 will receive an exam voucher upon graduation (a $155 value). Students are also prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), and Certified EKG Technician (CET) exams.

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 a clinical externship covering patient care, medical office administration, 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 have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate. No specific skills or experience are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program. Students will also need to pass a criminal background check and provide proof of current immunizations before enrollment.

The didactic portion of 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.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

Career Step personal support includes access to the following:

  • Program Support Instructors and 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 Services Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation.to help you transition to the workforce after graduation.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's personal 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 Step Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship training program includes 510 hours of curriculum plus add on a 130-hour clinical externship for a total of 640 completion hours. Since the didactic portion of 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 the course will vary from other learners. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and you receive an initial 12-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
  • A voucher to take the CCMA exam is available to add upon graduation
  • 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. In fact, Career Step has an 84% job placement rate with over 900 employers choosing to hire our graduates.

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

Your enrollment provides everything you will need to train for a successful career as a medical assistant. Your enrollment includes the following:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • A voucher to take the CCMA certification exam add on upon graduation
  • One-on-one help from learner and technical support
  • Add on clinical externship covering patient care, medical office administration, phlebotomy, and EKG upon graduation

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:

Hardware

  • 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

Software

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

Browser

  • 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 your method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password so you 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.