Medical Assisting (Specialized Associate's Degree)

Are you looking to enter a growing field that allows you to assist others in need? Brightwood Career Institute offers in-depth training to help prepare you to pursue a fulfilling career as a medical assistant. Take advantage of this opportunity to train for a rewarding career in one of the nation’s fastest-growing job markets and enjoy the satisfaction of helping people when they need it most. If you pursue a career in medical assisting, you may work directly with patients by assisting physicians with routine medical exams, recording vital signs and medical histories, and explaining treatment procedures to patients and their families.

Technological advances in medicine and the growth of an aging population are having a substantial impact on the health care industry. In fact, the medical assisting profession is projected to be one of the fastest-growing occupations through 2024.* According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment growth will result from the opening of more group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities that need support personnel. Brightwood Career Institute’s medical assisting courses offer you the opportunity to become a competent, professional, multi-skilled practitioner for today's interactive health care team.

What Will You Study?

The curriculum for this program provides a well-rounded education. The goal of this program is to increase your marketability and expand your career choices. You will have an opportunity to master keyboarding, word processing, and medical office procedures. Clinical courses will focus on helping you develop the following skills to assist the physician in a medical office setting:

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

You will be required to complete a practicum, which offers you an opportunity to apply classroom learning in a real-world setting.

A Medical Assisting Program Focusing on Diverse Skills

The medical assisting program places an emphasis on understanding medical terminology, body systems, and clinical procedures. The computer technology and word processing facets of the curriculum enhance your potential for job placement. Medical assistants are trained to help put patients at ease and assist the physician or other health care practitioner with these routine medical office procedures:

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


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. This course is intended to help eligible students prepare for exams 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

When you earn a specialized associate's degree in medical assisting from Brightwood Career Institute, you could have the credentials required to pursue entry-level medical assisting jobs in hospitals, urgent care centers, surgical centers, physicians' offices, health maintenance organizations, and other health care facilities. As a graduate of this program, you can search for entry-level employment in these settings:

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

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

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Medical Assistants, (accessed January 2014). Expected growth rate through the year 2022. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.

Campus Locations

The medical assisting program is available at the following Brightwood Career Institute locations:


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