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  • Prepare to earn between $26,860 and $37,760/yr
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Medical Assistant Career

Is Medical Assistant the Right Career for me?

The healthcare industry is growing rapidly, and as medical practices expand, medical assistants will take on more routine duties so physicians can see more patients. The medical assistant career path offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Growing demand – With over 138,000 new medical assistant jobs expected over the next few years, you'll find open positions nationwide.
  • Helping people – You can work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits – Medical assistants enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.
  • Top 20 best jobs – A job as a medical assistant ranks number 18 in best healthcare support jobs in the U.S.

A career as a medical assistant offers the opportunity to earn a great income in the rapidly growing healthcare industry..

Is Career Step the School for Me?

Over 100,000 Career Step students can't be wrong. Choose Career Step, and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away. Career Step offers the following benefits:

  • Quick graduation timeline – You can be trained and working in as little as 4 months with Career Step's flexible, online course.
  • Preparation for a rapidly growing career – Employment for medical assistants is expected to grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.
  • Affordable tuition – With Career Step Medical Assistant training, you can develop the expertise you need to excel in your new field for only $3,499.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to secure a successful healthcare career as a medical assistant in a clinical or administrative setting.

Medical Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential

What Will I be Doing as a Medical Assistant?

Medical assistants perform general patient care in healthcare facilities such as physicians' offices, hospitals, and clinics. They complete both clinical and administrative tasks such as the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and processing specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing health insurance
  • And more

The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules a possibility for medical assistants. However, most medical assistants work standard daytime hours.

How Much Can I Earn as a Medical Assistant?

Salaries for medical assistants vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. Ultimately, the pay you can expect will depend on the type of job you take. You may be able to increase your earning potential by becoming certified.

  • Earn a competitive salary – The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of medical assistants earn between $26,860 and $37,760 a year.
  • Improve your chance of getting hired – Most states do not require certification, however, employers prefer to hire certified assistants according to bls.gov.
  • Prepare for a certification exam – Career Step's program will prepare you to earn the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification—and even includes a voucher to take the exam after graduation—so you can be ahead of the game.

Medical Assistant Training Program

How Long Will the Training Take?

Career Step's Medical Assistant program includes 510 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 12 months of program access to ensure that you have the time you need to complete your training.

What Will I Be Learning?

The Career Step online Medical Assistant training program covers:

  • Microsoft office skills
  • Healthcare reimbursement
  • Basic anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical office procedures
  • Routine patient care
  • Clinical patient care
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG testing
  • And more

You'll graduate prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam—and you'll even receive a voucher to take the exam when you complete the course. You'll also be prepared to take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam. The curriculum includes images, exercises, learning games, and highly interactive instructional simulations to increase your understanding of key concepts and help you learn the material.

Want more details about exactly what's included in the program? Download the Brochure or Learning Objectives to learn moree.

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Medical Assistant Course Tuition

How Much Does the Medical Assistant Training Cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included for one, low tuition payment of $3,499.

The tuition fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the Medical Assistant course. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and we provide you 12 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are Payment Plans or Tuition Assistance Available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.

What is Included with My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You'll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • A Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from your instructors and our technical support team
  • Graduate support designed to help you turn your education into a job
  • Voucher to take the CCMA certification exam upon graduation (a $155 value)

The Medical Assistant program includes 510 hours of curriculum.

How Does the Training Pay Off for Graduates?

Medical Assistant Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Medical Billing program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

What role do medical assistants play?

Medical assistants perform general patient care in healthcare facilities such as physicians' offices, hospitals, and clinics. As medical practices expand in the rapidly growing healthcare industry, medical assistants will take on more routine duties so physicians can see more patients. They complete both clinical and administrative tasks such as the following:

  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and process specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing health insurance
  • And more
  • What is the job market for medical assistants?

    Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities. With the healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow by 23%, or over 138,000 jobs, by 2024.

    How much can I earn as a medical assistant?

    The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of medical assistants can earn between $26,860 and $37,760 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a medical assistant.

    Do I have to be certified?

    Most states do not require their medical assistants to be certified, though 5 states have requirements around certification: California, Connecticut, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington. (California does not technically require certification but has a lengthy list of training criteria that must be met.) Some other states recommend that medical assistants become certified to help them get a job faster.

    Career Step graduates are prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)—and you'll even receive an exam voucher upon graduation (a $155 value).

    What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

    Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares students to work as medical assistants. With Career Step, you'll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You'll know you're getting the right education; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your education into a job. With comprehensive training in clinical and administrative medical assisting, phlebotomy, and EKG, you'll be ready to sit for the CCMA exam immediately after graduation.

    Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into medical assisting.

    See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

    What kind of skills and experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

    In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

    Is Career Step accredited?

    Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our career-focused training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure students are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

    The Career Step training programs prepare students for career fields where employers are looking for skilled applicants. Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure students graduate with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

    • Career Step's Medical Transcription Editor curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
    • The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the largest and most prestigious health information organizations in the country.
    • The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program has been reviewed and approved by the State Boards of Pharmacy in Indiana, Utah, and Virginia. (Many states don't have any regulations on the education of pharmacy technicians, and very few require board approval. For more information on each state's pharmacy technician education regulations, view our State Requirements pdf.) Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy also offer Career Step Pharmacy Technician students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on externship in their stores nationwide.
    • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career education.

    Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of education provided by different schools. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs help prepare students to earn the following third-party credentials:

    • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
    • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
    • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
    • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
    • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
    • CompTIA A+ Certification
    • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

    This focus on helping you gain the skills needed to succeed in the workforce has made our students successful in the job market'over 84% of Career Step graduates are employed in their field of study, 92% of employed Medical Transcription graduates work from home in their first job, Medical Coding and Billing graduates report a certification exam pass rate that's a full 15 percentage points higher than the national average, and Pharmacy Technician students can take advantage of externship opportunities with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

    Learn more about the value of career-focused education in our quick video.

    How is the Career Step Medical Assistant program structured?

    The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a medical assistant.

    See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

    What type of student support does Career Step offer?

    Career Step student support includes access to:

    • Student Support Instructors and Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
    • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable and experienced can help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
    • Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation.to help you transition to the workforce after graduation.

    Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student success team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

    See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step's student support.

    How long does it take to finish the course?

    The Career Step Medical Assistant training program is 510 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and you receive an initial 12-month period of enrollment to provide you the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for you.

    Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

    How do I find work after graduation?

    Career Step offers personalized, post-graduation resources for your job search, including:

    • Personal consultation with a Graduate Advisor
    • New job opening notifications
    • Personalized interview tutorials and training
    • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
    • A voucher to take the CCMA exam upon graduation (a $155 value)
    • Access to Career Step's help hotline for 6 months after graduation

    These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our graduates are hired within a few months of graduation.

    Learn more about Career Step's graduate support in this quick interview with several of our Graduate Advisors.

    What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?

    Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career in medical assistant. Your enrollment includes:

    • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
    • Complete ebook library
    • A voucher to take the CCMA certification exam
    • One-on-one help from student and technical support

    Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

    Hardware

    • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
    • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
    • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
    • Available USB port

    Software

    • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
    • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
    • PDF reader

    Browser

    • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
    • Firefox 3.x or greater
    • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)
    • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

    Operating System

    • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
    • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

    Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

    What payment options does Career Step offer?

    We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

    How soon will I receive my materials?

    It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days. Your coding reference materials will be sent after you reach a certain point in the training program to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date materials.

    Get Free Books with Your Medical Assistant Career

    3 great reasons to become a medical assistant—especially if you’re training with Career Step!

    • You’ll fill your days with helping people and making a difference in their lives.
    • The healthcare industry is growing rapidly, and that means your expertise as a medical assistant will always be in demand.
    • You can be trained and working in a year or less with Career Step’s Medical Assistant program.

    Take the first step toward your new career, and save big when you enroll in Career Step’s Medical Assistant course through April 30.

    • Save $500 when you pay your tuition in full at the time of enrollment
    • Save $400 when you take advantage of the 3-month payment plan
    • Save $300 when you take advantage of the 12-month payment plan

    Start a rewarding new career, save big this month, receive free books, and help us meet the industry demand for quality medical assistants!

    *Not valid with any other offers. Returning students or those enrolling with MyCAA funding are not eligible for these discounts. All offers and discounts expire April 30, 2017.

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