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Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$22,870 to $45,310*
Tuition and fees:
$15,605 to $16,711
Program length:
36 weeks

Have you always wanted to work in the medical industry and help people? Due to the country's aging population and evolving trends in the health care industry, the need for skilled professionals in the medical field has never been greater. In fact, medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation through the year 2024.* The Medical Assistant Diploma program at Brightwood Career Institute offers comprehensive training and education that could prepare you to enter this growing and rewarding field.

Attending a medical assistant school could help you get started on the path to a career in the health care industry. Medical assistants help physicians with routine medical exams, recording vital signs and medical histories, and explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families. Medical assistants are often called upon to help patients feel at ease and explain the health care provider's instructions.

Career-Focused Medical Assistant Program

The health care industry is competitive, so you need education and training to help you stand out. At Brightwood Career Institute, we offer professional education and comprehensive medical assistant courses that include hands-on training in both administrative and clinical responsibilities, taught by faculty members who have professional experience in their fields. We also offer a path to professional certification.

Medical/Clinical Training

The program offers medical and clinical courses that can train you to assist a supervising physician with the following:  

  • Assisting with physical examinations
  • Aiding in minor surgical procedures
  • Administering injections
  • Performing EKGs, venipuncture, and routine laboratory and diagnostic tests
  • Preparing examining room instruments and equipment
  • Recording vital signs

Much of your training will be conducted in our medical training labs, which are designed to look and feel like real-world health care offices with examination tables, minor surgical instruments, lab testing machines and supplies, and CPR and EKG equipment.

Medical Office Training

Because computer technology is vital in today's health care office, our medical assistant training program also provides instruction in administrative and computer skills that complement your medical knowledge. The coursework covers the following topics:

  • Word processing
  • Patient data documentation and maintenance   
  • Patient appointment scheduling and reception  
  • Basic accounting procedures
  • Insurance claims filing
  • Medical information transcription and correspondence preparation

Medical Assistant Certification

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may prepare graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the following:

  • Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) examination offered by the National Association of Health Professionals (NAHP). Information can be found at Location: Philadelphia
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam sponsored by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). For more information, visit Locations: Broomall, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Mills, Pittsburgh
  • Registered Medical Assistant credential offered by the American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA). Information is available at Location: Broomall

Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus' course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

Career Outcomes

Students completing the medical assistant training program may seek the following entry-level positions in a doctor's office, clinic, or other medical facility:

  • Medical assistant
  • Hospital donor unit assistant
  • Blood bank donor unit assistant
  • Front office assistant manager


Prior to graduation, you will complete a practicum where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and work habits you gain in school to a real-world career setting.

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.

* The median annual wage for medical assistants was $31,540 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,310. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at (visited September 07, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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