Medical assistants are a vital part of most health care teams. They help doctors, nurses and other medical professionals by working with patients or handling various tasks around the office.
Usually, they’re the people who call you from the waiting room, greet you, ask why you’re visiting, and show you to your room. They spend a lot of time caring for patients one-on-one, doing things like drawing blood, giving injections, taking vital signs, delivering medication, and educating them about how to follow up. Sometimes, they even assist in minor surgeries or hold management positions.
Many Medical Assistants use their education as a foundation to pursue additional careers in allied health care, like nursing.
Duties vary by workplace and, very often, medical assistants will choose to focus on a particular specialty, like pediatrics or family practice. Some medical assistants eventually choose careers in administration, and work entirely in offices, instead of with patients.
Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing jobs in the health care industry. And nearly all hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities employ medical assistants. So, there are a lot of job opportunities out there.
You can learn how to do everything that medical assistants do in our new, state-of-the-art skills lab, where high-tech simulators allow you to practice working with patients.
Our curriculum is aligned with national credentialing standards, to make sure you’ll be competitive and ready to work wherever you go.
And, we make employer relationships a high priority, placing students at externship partners like Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and Lifelong Medical Care. These employers also help shape our curriculum, keeping it up-to-date and focused on the things that matter most in our area.