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Train to be a Certified Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistant Career Training

Learn how you can become a Medical Assistant and start working alongside physicians, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in a physicians' office or other healthcare facility.

What is a Medical Assistant?

A medical assistant (MA) performs administrative and clinical tasks to support physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities. Medical assistants routinely handle patient records and perform tasks such as measuring patients' vital signs, administering medications and injections, recording medical information, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens for laboratory testing.

Train to be a Medical Assistant at Newbridge College

The Medical Assistant training program at Newbridge College provides students with the healthcare training and knowledge required to begin a career working in HMOs, medical clinics, doctor's offices, chiropractic offices, rehabilitation centers and other health care facilities.

This program focuses on teaching the skills and best practices needed to work in a health care or medical office, including medical terminology and basic human anatomy as it relates to the clinical environment. Topics covered in the medical assistant program include front office administration, routine basic diagnostic procedures, laboratory protocols, medications, CPR, first aid and common skills needed to assist in routine patient examiniations and minor surgical procedures.

Graduates of this program receive a Medical Assistant Diploma, EKG Certificate, Injection Certificate, CPR Health Care Provider Level and are eligible to take the exam for Certification by the California Medical Assistant Association.

Are you looking for a Medical Assistant School?

Newbridge College is a technical school that provides health care career-focused education and hands-on career training at three campuses in Southern California. Established in 1976, Newbridge College is nationally accredited and has been preparing students for successful careers for over 35 years.

The Medical Assistant program is available at Newbridge College Santa Ana in Orange County, Newbridge College in Long Beach and Newbridge College San Diego East in the city of El Cajon.

Program Length

  • Day Classes: 36 weeks (all campuses)
  • Evening Classes: 36 weeks at San Diego campus; 43 weeks at Santa Ana & Long Beach campuses

Classes Included in the Program

The Medical Assistant program is divided into seven class modules plus an externship; students must successfully complete all seven class modules and their externship in order to complete the program.

  • Administrative Medical Assistant I
  • Administrative Medical Assistant II
  • Exam Room Procedures
  • Administration of Medications
  • Specimen Collection
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Pharmacology

Medical Assistant Externship Training

Following the completion of their classroom training, students participate in a 6-8 week externship program, training under the direct supervision of a qualified health care professional. This provides students an opportunity to practice and improve their skills in a real-world work environment. Students must complete their externship training to fulfill graduation requirements.

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Occupation and Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent nationwide from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations as the health care industry continues to grow in order to meet the demad of an aging population. Additional demand also is expected as a result of new and changing tasks for medical assistants as part of the medical team. As more and more physicians' practices switch to electronic health records (EHRs), medical assistants' job responsibilities will continue to change. Assistants will need to become familiar with EHR computer software, including maintaining EHR security and analyzing electronic data, to improve healthcare information.*

Career Opportunities

The Medical Assistant program provides the education and training needed to begin working in a variety of medical, healthcare industry and business office positions. Graduates of this program routinely find jobs working in private medical offices, clinics, hospitals, public health organizations, and other health care related facilities.

More information, including median wages and the job outlook for Medical Assistants in California can be found in the California Occupational Guide published by the State of California Employment Development Department. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Nationally Accredited Career Training School

Newbridge College is licensed and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Newbridge College Santa Ana and Newbridge College Long Beach are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency. Newbridge College San Diego East is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).

Newbridge College is approved to provide phlebotomy instruction by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services Division, and approved to provide state certification examinations for phlebotomy by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).

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*Job growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2020. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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