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Medical Assistant


Medical Assistant

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$22,870 to $45,310*
Tuition and fees:
$16,750 to $17,250
Program length:
36 weeks

If you have a gift for helping people, the medical field might be right for you. The U.S. population is growing older, and the medical field continues to change. The need for trained professionals in the health care industry is ever-growing. Projections say that medical assistants will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2024.* Brightwood Career Institute’s Medical Assistant diploma program offers diverse training, giving you the knowledge that can help you pursue a position in this industry.

When patients need a professional to help them feel more comfortable, health care providers often call on their medical assistants. In this role, you could work alongside a physician to record a patient’s vital signs, take medical histories, complete routine medical exams and explain treatment procedures to caregivers. Enrolling in a medical assistant training program could help place you on the path to a career in the medical field.

Career-Focused Medical Assistant Program

If you want to differentiate yourself in the competitive health care industry, education and training may help set you apart. Brightwood Career Institute courses are taught by professionals who have experience in their career fields. These faculty members focus on professional education through hands-on training, both administrative and clinical. We offer medical assistant courses, as well as a path to optional professional certification.

Medical/Clinical Training

Brightwood Career Institute’s Medical Assistant program is designed to train you to assist a supervising physician through medical and clinical courses that cover:

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

We have created medical training labs, which are modeled after real-world health care facilities. A large portion of your training will take place in these facilities, using the minor surgical instruments, CPR and EKG equipment, lab testing machines, supplies and examination tables found in medical offices.

Medical Office Training

Computer technology is an integral part of modern medical offices, and our coursework covers the administrative and computer skills you may need on the job.

The medical assistant training program covers the following topics:

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

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. Students who complete this program successfully may qualify for optional certifications or licensure examinations including:

  • 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 who finish the medical assistant training program may apply for entry-level positions in a doctor's office, clinic or other medical facility including:

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

Download Infographic: Medical Assistant Career Outlook


Before you graduate, you will apply the knowledge, skills and work habits you gain in school to a real-world career setting called a practicum.

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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