Medical Assistant Overview

Method of Instruction:

Class Times:
Morning, Afternoon, or Night Classes

Program Length & Type:
8-month (34.5 Weeks with Externship) Diploma Program

Diploma Program Overview

Medical Assisting is a multi-skilled allied health profession. Medical Assistants primarily work in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. They function as members of the health care delivery team and perform a variety of administrative and clinical procedures. National Career College’s Medical Assistant Program will help you obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to work in medical offices or outpatient clinics.

Among the subjects you will study are medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, patient psychology, medical ethics, medical law, and pharmacology. By completing the Medical Assisting program successfully, graduates are eligible to sit for the Medical Assistant National Certification Exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

What Does A Medical Assistant Do?

Medical Assistants perform administrative and clerical tasks in a variety of healthcare settings, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their duties vary according to the facility. Healthcare Administrators may perform some or all of the following duties1:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
  • Help physicians with patient examinations
  • Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
  • Enter patient information into medical records

Being a medical assistant is a rewarding career with many responsibilities. At National Career College, you will prepare for both administrative and clinical duties and responsibilities. When assisting the physician during clinical procedures, there is ample opportunity to show compassion. By performing administrative tasks, medical assistants contribute to the productivity and efficiency of the office.


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How Long Is Medical Assistant School?

National Career College’s Medical Assistant School is designed to be completed in 8 months. Prospective students can take classes in the Morning, Afternoon, or Evening on campus.

What Will You Learn In Medical Assistant School?

Training programs for medical assistants are designed for aspiring healthcare professionals. No experience in the medical field is needed to begin. Annually, National Career College’s team of industry experts assemble to create the most up-to-date training. National Career College’s straightforward classes teach students various topics including:

  • Medical Assisting Roles and Responsibilities: an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant including legal and ethical issues, basic medical terminology, clinical aspects of medical assisting, and more.
  • Anatomy & Physiology/Clinical Procedures I: an introduction to clinical aspects of medical assisting including circulatory, respiratory and immune systems functions; drawing blood; use of EKG and other monitors; and, more.
  • Medical Office Administration: essential procedures for medical office management.
  • Anatomy & Physiology/Clinical Procedures II: course includes introduction to digestive, urinary, and nervous system functions; OSHA standards; introduction to clinical laboratory techniques; fundamentals of sample collection; and, more.
  • Medical Office Finances: course includes introduction to medical office finance procedures including fundamentals of billing, collecting and bookkeeping; Types of Insurance and insurance forms, ICD-10 coding, and CPT- coding; and, more.
  • Anatomy & Physiology/Clinical Procedures III: course includes introduction to reproductive, endocrine, integumentary, and musculoskeletal systems, and more.
  • Anatomy & Physiology/Pharmacology: basic theory and clinical information related to drugs, including classifications, source, dosages and measurements, regulatory requirements, and basic principles of drug administration.
  • Externship: In your clinical externship, you will be able to observe firsthand the inner workings of a medical facility. You will be offered guidance in basic tasks, with the opportunity to discuss, evaluate, ask questions, and learn.

During your National Career College training, you will also participate in a clinical externship to put everything you have learned into practice. A real-world experience in a medical setting will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to perform tasks under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the:
Certified Medical Assistant, CMA (AAMA) examination
National Certified Medical Assistant, NCMA (NCCT) examination

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Where Do Medical Assistants Work?

As a medical assistant, you can work in a variety of settings. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical assistants are usually employed full-time2. Depending on the hours of the medical facility, medical assistants may work days, evenings, or weekends.

The top four employers of Healthcare Administrators are:

  • 57% – Physicians Offices
  • 15% – State Local and Private Hospitals
  • 10% – Outpatient Care Centers
  • 4% – Chiropractors Office

Courses can prepare you to work in diverse healthcare settings. National Career College can help you develop your skill set and provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed in this rewarding field.

What Is The Job Outlook For Medical Assistants?

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Clinical Medical Assistants to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 20303.

More About Careers In Medical Assistant

For more information about a career as a Medical Assistant, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Local Wages for California (ONET):
31-9092.00 – Medical Assistants Local Wages

Standard Occupational Code (SOC):
31-9092.00 – Medical Assistants

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP):
51.0801 – Medical/Clinical Assistant

Medical Assistant Training Near Me

If you live in or around the Panorama City area in California, National Career College offers Medical Assistant training at the following location:

National Career College Campus 14355 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City, CA 91402

Financial Aid

At National Career College, we don’t want finances to limit your career opportunities. Your education is one of the most important investments you can make. If you are unable to afford the education costs on your own, you may qualify for financial aid. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify! Please visit our Financial Aid Page to find out more!


  1. BLS: What Medical Assistants Do
  2. BLS: Medical Assistants Work Environment
  3. BLS: Medical Assistants Job Outlook