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Medical Assistant Diploma and Associate Degree Programs

Medical AssistantWhat is a Medical Assistant?
Every time you walk into a doctor’s office, medical assistants are working both with patients and behind the scenes – taking vital signs, collecting medical histories, helping with procedures, maintaining medical records and much more. With so many important clinical and administrative responsibilities, medical assistants play a valuable role in ensuring healthcare practices run smoothly – in places such nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and insurance companies.

How can I become a medical assistant?
You can  become a medical assistant by enrolling in a medical assistant program! At Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), you can earn either a diploma or associate degree. Whichever you choose, at graduation, you are prepared to start entry-level work and sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. These tests aren’t required, but becoming certified may make you more marketable to future employers.

How will I find time for a medical assistant program?
We understand that life is busy and that fitting school into the mix can seem like a challenge. With the support of friends and family, many students manage to do very well ­ finding time for both medical assistant courses and other responsibilities. Plus, since UMA’s medical assistant diploma program takes about 14 months to complete, you may be finished before you know it.

What will I learn in UMA’s medical assistant program?
A wide variety of clinical and office procedures! Think: patient preparation, electrocardiograms (EKGs), sample collection, drug administration and CPR – even electronic health record (EHR) management, bookkeeping and insurance processing.

Once our medical assistant courses cover the skills you need, you put them into practice during an externship at local healthcare facility. Interacting with patients, physicians and nurses is very exciting, and you gain hands-on experience while seeing just how much impact medical assistants make.

Want to know the courses you take during UMA’s medical assistant program? Check out the list below:

Required Courses and Program Information

Required Courses:
Principles of Allied Health 5 Credits
Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 5 Credits
Medical Assistant Office Procedures 5 Credits
Pharmacology 4.5 Credits
Clinical Lab Procedures and Phlebotomy 4 Credits
Clinical Procedures 4 Credits
Medical Law & Ethics and Communications in Medical Assisting 5.5 Credits
Advanced Laboratory Procedures and Minor Medical Office Surgeries 5 Credits
Clinical Externship-Medical Assistant 4.5 Credits
Program Total 42.5 Credits
Required Courses:
Principles of Allied Health 5 Credits
Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology 5 Credits
Medical Assistant Office Procedures 5 Credits
Pharmacology 4.5 Credits
Clinical Lab Procedures and Phlebotomy 4 Credits
Clinical Procedures 4 Credits
Medical Law & Ethics and Communications in Medical Assisting 5.5 Credits
Advanced Laboratory Procedures and Minor Medical Office Surgeries 5 Credits
Clinical Externship 4.5 Credits
Total 42.5 Credits
General Education Courses:
English Composition 3 Credits
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 3 Credits
College Math 3 Credits
General Biology 3 Credits
Sociology 3 Credits
Total 15 Credits
Electives (Choose 1):
Accounting for Managers 3 Credits
Introduction to Healthcare Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
Interpersonal Professional Communications 3 Credits
Local, National and International Events 3 Credits
Psychology 3 Credits
Working with People 3 Credits
Patient Relations 3 Credits
Ecology 3 Credits
Diversity in the Workplace 3 Credits
Total 3 Credits
Program Total: 60.5 Credits
Associate Degree:
Clearwater
Tampa
Diploma Degree:
Clearwater
Tampa
Associate Degree:
62 weeks*
Diploma Degree:
92 weeks*


*These program lengths are based upon average completion times. Your individual completion time may vary. Click to read more about student success.
Average Annual Salary for entry level Medical Assistants:*
$21,080
*Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm.

What happens after I graduate from the medical assistant program?

You can seek entry-level jobs right away and/or take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exams. Like we mentioned before, these tests aren’t required to work as a medical assistant, but they can make you more competitive for entry-level jobs.

Stressed about the tests already? Don’t be! We cover a lot of material in our medical assistant courses and even offer exam preparation courses, so you can go into both tests feeling confident.

How will I find a job?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical assisting field is expected to grow 31% between 2010 and 2020 – that means an addition of more than 160,000 new jobs. Plus, along with the benefit of an in-demand field, medical assistant program graduates have the support of UMA’s Career Services department. Right before graduation and even years later, our advisors  help with résumé writing and interview skills.

 

Fact Box

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 160,000+ new medical assisting jobs are expected through 2020!

Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

 

For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes select the diploma or associate degree below.


For more information on all of UMA’s programs student graduation rates, retention and placement rates, and student financial obligations, click here.

 

Interested? Let’s talk.
Ready to work with doctors and patients? Want a rewarding career as a medical assistant? Give us a call 888-205-2510. We can answer any questions and concerns about UMA’s medical assistant program – and help you decide when to start.