Employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The aging Baby-Boomer population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
Medical Assistants perform 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 perform a variety of important tasks, including:
- Scheduling patient appointments.
- Measuring patients' vital signs.
- Administering medications and injections.
- Maintaining and recording patient medical information.
- Preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies.
- Collecting and preparing specimens for laboratory testing.
- Other important health care tasks.
The Medical Assistant program at North-West College provides students with the health care knowledge, training and certification required to begin working in a health care or medical office, including medical clinics, doctors' offices, HMOs, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and other health care facilities.
This program is offered at our California (CA) campuses - Anaheim, West Covina, Pomona, Van Nuys, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach, or enroll in our online training programs.
* 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 March 2019).
** North-West College cannot guarantee employment.
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