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Medical Assisting

Specialized Associate's Degree

Medical Assistant - Respiratory Care

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$22,870 to $45,310*
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
66 weeks

If you would like to make a career out of helping others, the role of medical assistant might be right for you. Technological progress in the health care industry and a population that continues to grow and age will influence the medical industry in the coming years. The medical assisting profession is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations,* according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This means more clinics, group practices and additional health care facilities are being built and support personnel will be needed.

Brightwood Career Institute could prepare you for a career in medical assisting by teaching you how to help with routine medical exams, record vital signs and medical histories and explain treatment procedures to patients and their families. Brightwood Career Institute’s medical assisting courses can help prepare you for today's interactive health care team, guiding you to become a capable professional and multi-skilled practitioner.

A Medical Assisting Program Focusing on Diverse Skills

The medical assisting program emphasizes a knowledge of body systems, medical terminology, and clinical procedures. Word processing and computer technology are included in the curriculum to enhance job placement possibilities. Medical assistants learn how to help patients relax, while helping health care practitioners with routine medical office procedures like:

  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Administering injections
  • Taking EKGs
  • Drawing blood samples for analysis
  • Assisting in minor surgical procedures

What Will You Study?

This program’s curriculum has the goal of increasing your marketability and expanding your career choices. Coursework is designed for a well-rounded education. You will practice word processing, keyboarding and medical office procedures. Clinical courses will help you hone skills to assist the physician in a medical office setting, covering subjects such as:

  • Clinical procedures and therapeutic care
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic health insurance
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and electrocardiography
  • Medical billing, coding, and transcription
  • Keyboarding and data information processing
  • Office management and medical terminology
  • Electronic transcription

A practicum offers you an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting, and is required.

Medical Assistant Certification

If you would like to earn an additional credential when applying for medical positions, certification or licensure could give you a competitive edge. Some locations require certification or licensure for employment. This course is intended to help eligible students who are on the path to optional professional certifications such as the following:†

  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, sponsored by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). For more information, visit
  • Medical Assistant certification (NCMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Visit for more information.
  • Registered Medical Assistant credential offered by the America Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA). Information regarding this credential is available at

Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus’ catalog to determine which may be available to graduates from your location.

Medical Assisting Career Opportunities

Earning a Medical Assisting specialized associate's degree from Brightwood Career Institute could give you the credentials to pursue entry-level medical assisting jobs in urgent care centers, physicians' offices, hospitals, surgical centers, health maintenance organizations and other health care facilities. When you complete the program, you can search for entry-level employment in these settings:

  • Health care facilities
  • Private offices
  • Group practices
  • Clinics
  • Laboratories

Prerequisites: Students must have completed a Medical Assistant diploma program or equivalent to enroll in this program. Please see the campus catalog for details.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at (visited October 04, 2017).

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