Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find a list of commonly asked questions about the Medical Assistant Program at North-West College:

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"I developed great self-esteem working with the staff and instructors of North-West College. They helped me so much I was able to move back to my home state and was employed by the first employer I submitted my application with. Thank you so much for the learning experience that I received from your school!"
Diantha Polley, Medical Assistant
"I came to North West College Riverside campus not knowing what I wanted to do in life. I learned to have compassion and understand the patients. I have a job now as a medical assistant and all I could say is I'm very grateful that I attended this college."
Elizabeth V. Ruiz, Medical Assistant
"Thanks to North-West College, I’ve had the opportunity to acquire skills that I needed to be successful! Thanks North-West!"
Gabrielle Maria Romero

What is the difference between a Medical Assistant and a Vocational Nurse?

Vocational Nurses have to complete at least one year of education, which is designed to prepare them to deliver bedside care. As part of their additional training, Vocational Nurses are tasked with a larger scope of patient care, including starting IV lines and inserting catheters. Upon graduating, Vocational Nurses must take the NCLEX licensing exam in the state in which they hope to work. Once licensed, they must renew their license every two years. Medical Assistants, on the other hand, do not have to be certified to work in a physician’s office, although it is highly recommended and preferred by many employers. Once certified, MAs must re-certify every five years by taking the CMA exam.

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