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medical assistant

A medical assistant supports the work of the physician, by working directly with the healthcare team and patient.

Medical Assistant Spotlight

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical assistants work side-by-side with doctors, nurses and others on the healthcare team, treating patients from newborns to senior citizens. They demonstrate a blend of varied skills including administrative, technical, communication and interpersonal abilities.

What will I learn?

  • Put patients at ease
  • Correctly and efficiently interpret physicians’ instructions
  • Take medical histories and record vital signs
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens
  • Perform basic laboratory tests on premises
  • Instruct patients about medications and special diets
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician
  • Instruct patients about medications and special diets
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician
  • Authorize drug refills as directed
  • Draw blood and give injections
  • Prepare patients for x-rays
  • Take electrocardiograms
  • Remove sutures and change dressings

What career opportunities are available?

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient medical facilities
  • Administrative support occupations
  • Medical assisting education
  • Office management

Get started on your path to a Medical Assistant Career!

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Program Details

Program Description

The objective of the program is to develop in students the personal traits and professional skills needed to perform as competent entry-level medical assistants. The program provides students with knowledge of anatomy and physiology, routine laboratory procedures, and patient care procedures commonly performed in medical offices.

Program Requirements

Program length is approximately 9 months. Here are just a few classes you will take:

  • Examination Techniques
  • Clinical Aspects of Coding and Billing
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Medical Office Laboratory Procedures

Where can I take Medical Assistant training classes?

Arizona

East Valley
Mesa
Tucson
Phoenix

California

Chula Vista
San Marcos

Colorado

Colorado Springs
Denver
Aurora

Nevada

Las Vegas

New Mexico

Albuquerque
Albuquerque West - Rio Rancho

Texas

Houston
El Paso
San Antonio

Washington

Renton
Seattle

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Pima Medical Institute’s renowned instructors are both academically and professionally qualified offering years of relevant,
hands-on experience to share with students, creating real-world scenarios during your courses in our medical assistant labs.

What do I need to apply for the program?

How do I apply?

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Where can I take Medical Assistant classes?

Program Locations

Pima Medical Institute offers Medical Assistant classes in 7 different states. Find the nearest campus to you.
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Can you help me
find a job?

Job Placement

Pima Medical Institute is serious about helping our graduates find jobs. Our career services team, along with members of our staff and faculty, work to help students obtain positions in their chosen fields upon graduation.
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Do I qualify for
financial aid?

Financial Aid Programs

There are different types of financial aid programs available to those who qualify.
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Does Pima Medical Institute Offer Externships?

Clinical Externships

One of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll have at Pima Medical Institute is your clinical externship, where you’ll be directly mentored by professionals in your chosen career field.
What To Expect

How long is
the program?

Program Length

The program length is approximately 9 months. Day and evening classes are available
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When Can I Schedule An Appointment to Enroll?

It's Time

Time to make a change—time to make a difference. We’re excited to help you take the first step toward your new, rewarding career in healthcare.
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Is Pima Medical Institute Accredited?

Yes!

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Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited July 05, 2018).

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