Medical Assistant: Diploma Program Summary

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A medical assistant diploma is one of the best investments one can make at the moment, as medical assistants are the number one most desired employees in the country. Typical coursework includes anatomy, physiology, medical law and ethics, medical coding and pharmacology. Read on to find out more.
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What is a Medical Assistant Diploma?

Medical assistant education combines instruction in general office tasks and medical practice to produce a graduate that is specifically suited for administrative support work in a medical setting. Medical assistants must possess strong communicative skills, and suitably receive instruction in this field. A graduate with a medical assistant diploma also must know medical terminology and medical coding, and be able to perform basic medical tasks such as draw blood, take a blood pressure reading, administer medications and change dressings. Basic human anatomy and physiology are also integral knowledge for a medical assistant. Typical coursework for a medical assistant diploma contains the following:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • English Composition
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Clinical Competency
  • Human Disease
  • Medical Coding
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Office Management

Why Get a Medical Assistant Diploma?

A medical assistant degree will prepare you for the fastest growing career in the country. Due to the highly accelerating growth of the healthcare industry, the demand for medical assistants to oversee the administrative operations of medical environments will skyrocket in the coming years. A medical assistant diploma will qualify you for these positions.

What Can One do With a Medical Assistant Diploma?

A medical assistant degree prepares you for a career providing administrative and basic medical support for a healthcare environment such as a physician's office, hospital, hospice care facility, primary care facility, nursing home, or similar facility. Medical assistants' duties are different according to the place of employment, but usually include administrative tasks such as answering phones, processing patients, billing, helping patients with insurance, and such tasks. Duties also include basic medical tasks such as drawing blood, taking vital signs, and administering medication.

How are Medical Assistants Compensated?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (www.bls.gov), the median annual income for medical assistants in 2004 was about $25,000.

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    1. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Assistant - AS
      • Medical Assistant - AS
    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Diploma
      • Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
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    3. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate: Medical Assistant
    Certificate
      • Certification - Medical Assistant
      • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician
      • Certification - Pharmacy Technician
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Saint Joseph's University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Health Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)
  • Online Programs Available
    8. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • High School with Pharmacy Technician Pathway
    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
      • HS Diploma with Focus in Health Care
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

Featured Schools

Brightwood College

  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Medical Assistant - Certificate
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma

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George Mason University

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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Virginia College

  • Associate: Medical Assistant
  • Certification - Medical Assistant
  • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
  • Diploma: Medical Assisting

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Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS in Health Administration

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Baker College Online

  • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.

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