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Medical Assistant

Working the front lines of patient care

Did you know that today there are more people than ever who require health care services? This means that there are more career opportunities in the health care industry than ever before.

Medical Assistants are trained allied health care workers who perform routine tasks and procedures to support the work of physicians and other health care professionals.

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

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The Medical Assistant program at North-West College provides the education and training needed to begin a career working in a variety of medical and health care facilities.

Graduates of the program routinely find jobs working in:

  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Research facilities
  • Hospitals
  • HMOs
  • Public health organizations
  • And other health care related facilities.

Quick Facts about Medical Assistants*

  • Employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 23 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Medical Assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the health care industry.
  • Physicians are expected to hire more Medical Assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients as their practices expand.
  • Most Medical Assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other health care facilities. In 2014, more than half of all Medical Assistants worked in physicians’ offices.
  • Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings, weekends, or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.
*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htmMore 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.

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