Medical Assisting

Help a Doctor Help Their Patients

Are you one who could make a visit to the doctor’s office go smoothly for both the patient and doctor? If so, a career as a medical assistant might be right for you.

What Does a Certified Medical Assistant Do?

A medical assistant is often the first professional a patient sees. Before the doctor arrives, the medical assistant has greeted the patient, brought them to the treatment room, and talked with them to get vital data. During the visit, the medical assistant may perform X-ray and EKG tests, collect fluids or tissue, or complete other routine duties. After the doctor leaves, it is often the medical assistant who explains the treatment, medications, diet, or instructions.

Career Outlook

Now is a great time to enter a medical assisting career. Jobs are expected to grow by 29% through the year 2026 as our population ages. The average yearly wage for medical assistants in Massachusetts is $39,310 in May 2017.*

Program Details

MWCC’s Medical Assisting Certificate is an 8-course program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).  After you finish your coursework, you will complete a 160-hour externship at a medical office or healthcare facility where you will perform hands-on work under an approved supervisor.

Certification

Once you complete the Medical Assisting Certificate, you will be able to sit for the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

*According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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