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           Subjects we'll review:

Health Care Systems and Settings

Medical Terminology

Basic Pharmacology



Body Structures and Organ Systems

Pathophysiology and Disease Processes


General Patient Care

Infection Control

Testing and Laboratory Procedures


EKG and Cardiovascular Testing

Patient Care Coordination and Education

Administrative Assisting

Communication and Customer Service

Medical Law and Ethics

Today's Medical Assistants are in High Demand

Medical assistants, are an integral part of most physicians' staff, now fulfilling various roles in the medical office, both clinically and administratively. With increased responsibilities has come a greater need for professional knowledge and skills.

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $35,850 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $50,580.--Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants.


If you thrive in a faster, more unpredictable pace, a career working in a hospital may be the ticket. Hospitals, after all, are 24/7 operations that deal with everything from routine procedures to crisis care.  When you arrive at work, you never know how the day will unfold. Hospital MAs may have a sporadic work schedule, which could include days, night, overnights, weekends and holidays.

Depending on your specific assignment, working in a hospital requires someone who can handle stress. Hospital employees are exposed to emergency situations, which can be emotionally draining. But for those individuals who can handle these challenges, working in a hospital can be personally satisfying with the knowledge of providing essential services.

Outpatient Care Centers

Falling between a clinic and hospital, outpatient care centers are medical offices that provide services and procedures that do not require overnight stays. These offices offer a range of services, from performing minor surgery to running lab tests.

As a medical assistant in these facilities, you may take patient vital signs, assist with X-rays and complete administrative work. 

Insurance Companies

To process claims, insurance companies sometimes hire medical assistants to handle administrative details. This might include inputting data, working with medical billing offices and answering questions from insurance policyholders. Medical assistants are valuable for their knowledge of the medical profession. These jobs generally come with normal business hours and require prior medical assisting experience.

Medical Research Centers

Your career could entail working with researchers who are trying to advance the knowledge of the medical community. Tasks could range from signing in research participants to helping with the administering of tests. MAs in this environment are responsible for assisting researchers, playing a valuable role in the advancement of the medical field.  Other responsibilities could include various testing, labeling and shipping of diagnostic specimens. This type of work in a research center generally comes with more predictable and routine hours. 

Diagnostic Laboratories

Here you have less direct patient contact.  Clinics and hospitals ship specimen samples for testing to diagnostic clinics. As a medical assistant, your job could be to run tests on the samples, record results and handle input of data. Working in a diagnostic laboratory can also involve significant administrative work.

Nursing Care Facilities​

If you have a passion for senior citizens, assisted living and nursing homes also offer opportunities for medical assistants. 

Medical assistants in this environment typically help residents with daily living tasks, take vital signs and maintain medical records. Residents will often see you as a trusted friend that goes beyond a caregiver, so it’s helpful to be open to building relationships. Because senior homes are 24/7 facilities, work shifts are not limited to normal business hours.

What students are saying

After looking at the different programs offered in my area, Healthcare Careers Institute gave me the flexibility I needed being a full-time mom and full-time worker.  I learned a lot and it challenged me to push pass my fears.  Big thanks to the instructors for working with me! 

-E. Rice

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