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Train to become a Medical Assistant

Online Associate Degree Program in Medical Assisting

Associate of Science Degree

Outlook for Medical Assistants

Medical Assisting is among the fastest growing occupations nationally, as projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. healthcare industry will continue to expand due to our aging population and increased access to healthcare services because of federal health legislation. As medical practices expand, more medical assistants will be hired to allow physicians to see more patients.

Medical Assisting Work Environment

Medical Assistants (MAs) perform clinical and administrative tasks in support of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Duties of medical assistants vary from office to office. In small practices, MAs are usually "generalists," handling both clinical and administrative duties. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of a department administrator or practice manager. Clinical duties may include taking vital signs, recording medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician.

Program Overview for Fortis College Online Medical Assisting

The Fortis Medical Assisting Online program is a blended learning associate degree program that trains students to work in clinical and administrative areas of healthcare. Upon graduation, students are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and a variety of other healthcare settings. 

The Fortis Medical Assisting Online program is a hybrid learning program. Students will complete many of the courses online and other courses will be taken in a physical classroom or laboratory. Fortis Online hybrid programs offer students the best of both worlds: the convenience and flexibility of online classes while still enjoying the community and support of a campus setting. Online learning also gives students the opportunity to build valuable computer skills that support success in the workplace. 

The physical labs and classrooms for the on-campus coursework are located at a local Fortis campus. The specific on-campus location is determined in collaboration with the student during the admissions process to enroll into the Medical Assisting Online program. 

An externship course is included in this program so students can apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a healthcare setting. Students are required to complete the required externship hours and other related learning activities prior to graduation. Students are not paid for work performed at the externship site. In their final quarter, students are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.

Programs vary by state and campus. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Contact local campus for accreditation information.

Program Costs and Career Outcomes
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