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Medical Assistant Program

Medical Assistant Program

Start Your Healthcare Career as a Medical Assistant

Medical assistant programs prepare students for in-demand jobs right now and provide a stepping-stone for many allied healthcare careers.

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$18.64Per Hour

Half of all medical assistants earn over $17.90 per hour and can earn up to $46,599 in metropolitan areas.

Source: American Association of Medical Assistants

29.2%

Medical assisting is an in-demand job, with open positions expected to increase by 29.2% in a decade!

Source: EDD, State of California

11Months

Become certified as a medical assistant in as little as 11 months.

Medical Assistant Overview

Medical assistants act as an extra set of hands for doctors and nurses and are important to the overall patient experience. The medical assistant performs both clinical and administrative duties while getting an overview of the many different roles within the medical field.

Administrative duties could include answering telephones, scheduling appointments, filling out and updating medical records, and handling billing. On the clinical side, medical assistants are often responsible for greeting and taking a patient’s medical history, preparing patients for examination, measuring vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature, and assisting the doctor during appointments.

Medical assistants need to be problem solvers that are both compassionate and non-judgmental. They also need solid communication and organizational skills. Job responsibilities vary by employer but generally include tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians and specialists running smoothly.

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Fast Facts

Where Does a Medical Assistant Work?

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, and medical research centers.

Medical Assistant Salary

A medical assistant salary in California varies. The median wage in 2019 for a medical assistant was $37,238 annually. (Source: EDD, State of California)

Job Outlook

Medical assistant jobs are in high-demand. Jobs for medical assistants are expected to increase by 29.2%, or 24,800 jobs, between 2016 and 2026 according to the Employment Development Department of the State of California. A career as a Medical Assisting is often a stepping-stone to other healthcare careers. With additional coursework, Certified Medical Assistants can move up the ladder to become a Care Coordinator, Licensed Vocational Nurse or a Registered Nurse. If you prefer the administrative side of the Medical Assistant Program, you may seek to advance your career as an Office Manager.

Medical Assistant Certification

After successfully completing a medical assistant program, students are eligible to complete the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) credential offers proof to employers that a Medical Assistant has achieved the highest standards of education and credentialing in the Medical Assisting Program.

HOW FUTURO HEALTH HELPS YOU SUCCEED

Connect to a Bigger Community of Healthcare Workers

Futuro Health believes that investing in education, skills training, and retraining results in better paying jobs for workers,
better care for patients, and better workers for employers to hire.
The health care field provides many opportunities for people interested in helping others.
Whether you would like to work directly with patients or work behind the scenes,
there are many different entry level roles available and a lot of growth ahead.
Futuro Health wants to help you take your first (or next) step in the world of healthcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need a computer and internet access to take the program?

Yes, all students will need regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. Your computer will need at least a 2GHz processor or faster, 4 GB RAM or more, built-in or external speakers, USB 2.0 port or adaptor, a webcam supported operating system, Windows 7 or higher, or MacOS Sierra 10.12 or higher.

Is a background check required?

Yes. Your cost for a background check and drug screen is $77-$119.

Is there an education and/or age requirement to apply to the Medical Assistant Program?

Applicants must be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or GED by summer 2020, reside in California and be eligible to work in the United States.

How long is the program?

The coursework portion of the Medical Assistant Program is designed to be completed in 10 months, followed by the clinical experience which will take 5 additional weeks.

Will I need a computer and internet access to take the program?

Yes, all students will need regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. Your computer will need at least a 2GHz processor or faster, 4 GB RAM or more, built-in or external speakers, USB 2.0 port or adaptor, a webcam supported operating system, Windows 7 or higher, or MacOS Sierra 10.12 or higher.

Are classes offered online or in-person?

The coursework portion of the Medical Assistant Program is entirely online, however the lab and the clinical portions must be completed in person.

How many hours a week will I need to study?

To be most successful in the Medical Assistant Program, we recommend 3-4 hours per day of study.

Am I required to complete any courses prior to applying for this program?

Medical assistant students are required to complete two courses  — an introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for healthcare and Medical Terminology. Anatomy and Physiology must have been taken at an accredited college with a (C ) grade or better within the last 5 years.  Medical Terminology must have been taken any time in the past, from any institution, with a (C ) grade or better.  Candidates will be asked to provide a transcript at a later point.

Futuro Health also provides English Readiness courses designed to prepare students for careers in allied health. Depending on your language skills, these courses may be helpful to you.  While completing your profile in the Futuro Health Portal, if you indicated that English is not the primary language spoken in your home, you will be asked to complete a short set of questions to determine your eligibility for English Readiness.

What if I haven’t taken the prerequisite courses?

Learn more about our Jump Start Courses and English Readiness Courses.

What is the career progression for a Medical Assistant?

A career as a Medical Assistant is often a stepping-stone to other healthcare careers.  With additional coursework, Certified Medical Assistants can move up the ladder to become a Care Coordinator, Licensed Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse.  If you prefer the administrative side of healthcare, you may seek to advance your career as an Office Manager.

What are the certificate exam requirements?

After successfully completing a Medical Assistant Program, students are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Certification Exam offered through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). The CMA (AAMA) credential offers proof to employers that a Medical Assistant has achieved the highest standards of education and credentialing in the field.

Will I need to pass a drug test?

You should expect that our educational partners will require you to pass a drug test before starting school or sometime during your educational journey, and that all employers will require you to pass a drug test before starting work.

Will I have support during the program?

Futuro Health has success coaches available to guide you along your educational journey, including helping you select your career pathway and transition to work. Learn More.

What is the role of SEIU-UHW?

Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is doing outreach to scout and recruit candidates for Futuro Health. In addition, as you progress through your educational journey, you may be matched for mentorship with a SEIU-UHW member — someone who is already employed in the allied health field and can help you navigate your career.  This is a unique benefit that sets Futuro Health apart and is intended to help you grown your professional network of employment opportunities. Learn More