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Graduates are eligible to apply for national certification 

Faculty Mentorship program for current students

Expected job growth of 20% through 2030

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Get Your Career Started With a 32 Week Medical Assistant Certificate Program

If you’re ready to meet the increasing demand for skilled medical assisting professionals, Casa Loma College is here for you. Enroll in our Medical Assistant certificate program and be on your way to a new career in as little as 32 weeks.

At Casa Loma, we’re here for our students, from enrollment to graduation and beyond. After students graduate from the Medical Assistant Program, our career services team will help you develop interview skills and search for a position in the field so you can start strong with a local employer.

Be a part of the community at Casa Loma and contact us today to learn more about our Medical Assistant certificate program.

What Is a Medical Assistant?

While most people tend to think of doctors and surgeons when they think of medical careers, the truth is that our healthcare system thrives because of support positions like medical assistants. Medical assisting professionals help keep healthcare facilities running smoothly by taking on a wide range of administrative and clinical responsibilities.

Medical assistants’ duties include tasks like:

  • Recording patients’ histories and personal information for their medical records
  • Measuring vital signs, including blood pressure, height, weight, and pulse rate
  • Maintaining and organizing electronic health records and ensuring confidentiality and privacy
  • Taking blood and preparing and labeling samples for laboratory tests
  • Helping physicians with patient examinations and cleaning and sterilizing exam rooms and equipment
  • Scheduling patient appointments and inputting insurance and payment information

The exact responsibilities a medical assistant handles varies depending on where you work and which state you work in. In larger facilities like hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work, and some may even choose to specialize in a particular area of medicine, like ophthalmology, pediatrics, cardiography, and more.

How Do You Become a Medical Assistant?

Because interacting with patients and their confidential health information can be delicate work, requiring a lot of knowledge of both safety procedures and ethics standards, most healthcare employers are looking for medical assistants who have completed an accredited certificate program. And while certification isn’t always a state requirement, it is often preferred in job candidates. There are five accredited certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) from the National Healthcareer Association
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) from the National Healthcareer Association

At Casa Loma College, our Medical Assistant program was designed to promote the professional values, lifelong learning, and critical-thinking skills required for the demands of the modern medical profession. We prepare our graduates for the skills they need to sit for a number of different certification exams with hands-on training in cutting-edge medical equipment, diagnostic testing, and electronic health record management. It’s important to note that any good Medical Assistant certificate program should also include a significant number of hours dedicated to practical clinical experience, both in lab settings and through externships.

What Will You Learn In a Medical Assistant Class?

The 32-week Medical Assistant certificate program is a blended learning program that covers general education, medical-focused topics, and clinical practicum by utilizing a combination of online and in-person classes. Students get practical experience through lab work, as well as in a wide variety of healthcare settings through externships, and it’s all completed in under a year. The program is built around the standards of the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to sit for their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and Certified Electrocardiography Technician (CET) credentials.

Our medical assisting courses cover topics like:

  • Utilizing medical software and electronic health records, including privacy, confidentiality, and security of protected health information
  • Managing patient appointments, oversight of the medical records system, and medical terminology
  • Insurance terminology, the revenue cycle, and coding guidelines related to the billing processes
  • Anatomy, physiology, pathology, procedures and tests, and pertinent safety standards
  • Clinical laboratory and blood specimen collection, microbiology, immunology, and the principles of imaging
  • Urinary, digestive, and reproductive systems, and assisting with minor surgical and special procedures

What Is the Outlook for Medical Assisting Careers?

Most of these jobs will likely come from the offices of doctors and physicians. As of 2021, they employed almost 60% of all medical assistants, with other common employers being state and local hospitals, outpatient care centers, and residential nursing facilities. A lot of the job growth in this area will be primarily driven by the aging population in the U.S. and the rising demand for medical services. This, in turn, will cause physicians and other healthcare employers needing skilled medical assistants to help with routine administrative and clinical tasks.

Start your journey to a career in medical assisting
by talking to our admissions team here at Casa Loma College.

We can help talk you through the enrollment and admissions process and map out a plan for your career success.