Through a Medical Assistant program, you can get the training you'll need to assist healthcare professionals in real-life medical settings. You can learn to effectively communicate, administer tests and record vitals to provide optimal patient care.
Choosing the right medical assistant school can be a difficult choice. At ACC, we emphasize hands-on training and real-world preparation. Train to keep healthcare offices running smoothly to ensure patients are receiving the best care.
This medical assisting training program is taught in a blended format combining online classes with only 2 days a week of in-person instruction.
Program accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
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A medical assistant is a professional who performs administrative duties in a medical office, as well as some clinical duties under the direction of a physician.1 Medical assistants help health facilities run smoothly and are important for helping to create a positive patient experience.
Students in our Medical Assistant program will be trained to perform duties such as the following, which are aligned with the standard duties of medical assistants in California:
If you love working with people and are good at making themfeel at ease, you might enjoy being a medical assistant. Here are some of the top skills and attributes that make for a great medical assistant:
Active listening – Not only do medical assistants greet patients, but they also speak with them to obtain medical information. Being a good listener allows a medical assistant to properly obtain essential information.
Critical thinking – Medical assistants are essential in the workings of a healthcare office. Critical thinking can help them more efficiently manage office schedules, inventory, and tasks.
Service orientation – A great medical assistant isone with a passion for helping patients and for providing the best carepossible.
Time management – Medical assistants have to effectively manage their own time between attending to patients and handling office tasks.
Communication – When working with patients, medical assistants have to be strong communicators, especially when speaking to patients and providing healthcare instructions.
Medical assistants can work in a variety of settings, including:
This class curriculum is divided into learning units called modules. Students are required to complete the Introduction to Healthcare class module before beginning the standalone core class modules. The final component of thecourse curriculum is a 200-hour school externship that will be arranged for youat an appropriate local healthcare facility. Modules for the American Career College Medical Assistant program include:
Introduction to Healthcare Professions – The course provides an overview of healthcare professions, including the history of medicine, ethical standards, medical terminology and behaviors that are expected of professionals in the field.
Medical Assistant Roles and Responsibilities – Topics covered in these courses include the legal responsibilities of physicians and healthcare team members, the importance of asepsis and sterile techniques, medical emergencies and first aid procedures, and how to interact and communicate effectively in a professional environment.
Office Procedures and Clinical Practices – In these courses, you will be challenged to learn and identify the basic structural components and functions of the skeletal, muscular, digestive and integumentary systems. Emphasis is placed on patient care, including the complete physical exam and positioning, and draping for a variety of procedures.
Medical Terminology/Transcription/Patient Records – Coursework in this module covers use of the medical dictionary, medical terms,and medical abbreviations. You will also learn how to obtain information from patient charts and ledgers to complete insurance forms accurately.
Electrocardiogram and Laboratory Procedures – In these courses, you will receive training in the circulatory and respiratory systems, including the structure and function of the heart and lungs. You will learn about the electrical pathways of the heart muscle in preparation for connecting EKG leads and recording an electrocardiogram.
Medical Office Business Procedures – These courses focus on preparing you with an understanding of billing, collecting, and banking procedures. You will learn how to schedule appointments and effectively communicate on the telephone using proper etiquette.
Clinical and Surgical Procedures – In these courses, you will learn to identify the basic structural components and functions of the neurosensory, endocrine, andreproductive systems. You will also be introduced to assisting in minorsurgical procedures and to the importance of patient education.
Medical Assistant School Externship – Under the direct supervision of qualified personnel, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills presented and practiced throughout the program.
For a complete description of coursework in these modules, please refer to the ACC Catalog.
Students can earn their diploma to become a medical assistant in as little as 9 months at ACC.
You can apply to ACC online. To be eligible for admission into the Medical Assistant program, you will need to:
For the full list of admission requirements, please visit the ACC Catalog.
Our admissions advisors and financial aid advisors are here to support you. They can help you figure out the Medical Assistant school cost and guide you as you explore financial aid options. Learn more about ACC’s Medical Assistant program tuition cost.
Yes, financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.
Yes! ACC's Medical Assistant program includes a 220-hour externship which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate and reinforce the knowledge and skills they acquired learning hands-on throughout the training program.
The key differences between a medical assistant and a nurse are the level of patient care that they deliver, as well as their licensure requirements. Medical assistants are trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties, which can include everything from scheduling appointments and assisting with billing to taking patients’vitals and administering medications.1
Registered nurses are able to perform a wider range of patient care duties, including patient assessments and the development and implementation of care plans.2 RNs are required to pass a licensure exam whereas licensure is not required to become a medical assistant in California.1,2
Our classes are modeled after real-life situations, using the same medical equipment you'll come across in your first job. That way, you're prepared to jump in on your very first day.
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Are you interested in entering into the field of healthcare? If so, you may want to consider pursuing a career as a medical assistant. This role gives you the opportunity to positively impact the patient experience while also boosting efficiency within a healthcare organization. Medical assistants provide both administrative and clinical support, which means they’re performing important office duties as well as assisting with the process of patient care.
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