Medical Assisting Program Overview

Graduate in as little as 9 months

We offer a hybrid-online Medical Assisting training program that can equip you with the necessary skills and experience to excel as a Medical Assistant. To prepare you for work in the field, our curriculum emphasizes both administrative and clinical skills. You will receive extensive instruction in medical office & clinical procedures, basic anatomy & physiology, and other special duties common in the field.

Students currently learn through a combination of online program instruction, hands-on lab exercises, and supervised externship hours. If you are considering a career in Medical Assisting, submit a request form to speak with one of our admissions representatives. Advance your career with us at Unitek College.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

Aspiring Medical Assistant students are welcome to enroll at any one of our campus locations in California or Nevada:

A Medical Assistant program provides a solid foundation for gaining the required knowledge, skills, and experience needed to excel as a Medical Assistant.

Medical Assistants are multi-competent health care professionals who are involved in administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices, clinics, and laboratories of physicians running smoothly.

Out-of-pocket costs for Medical Assistant training can vary depending on your individual situation. There are a variety of financial aid options available to students. Reach out to an admissions representative for more information.

The MA curriculum emphasizes administrative and clinical skills and now includes online instruction in medical terminology, medical office procedures, medical and clinical procedures, basic anatomy and physiology, and special duties common in the field.

For most accredited Medical Assistant programs, a student can typically conclude their training in one year. However, the Medical Assistant program at Unitek College can be completed in as little as 9 months.

Medical Assistant graduates may be eligible to take various professional certification exams. These include the NCCT exam for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) credential and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to earn the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential. Medical Assistant certification is not a graduation requirement in California but may be of value depending on a student’s career goals.

Medical Assistants work in a variety of healthcare environments. These include but are not limited to: physician offices, private healthcare facilities, hospitals, hospital clinics, laboratories, health industry providers, independent clinics, and industrial firms requiring healthcare personnel.

Medical Assistant salaries can vary depending on the location, employer, and experience of an individual Medical Assistant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for Medical Assistants was $36,930 as of May 2020.*

Please note that wage data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other third-party sources may not be an accurate reflection of all areas of the country, may not account for the employees’ years of experience, and may not reflect the wages or outlook of entry-level employees, such as graduates of our program. (accessed on 11/15/2021)

Medical Assisting Program Curriculum

Our hybrid-online Medical Assisting program can prepare you for a career as an entry-level Medical Assistant in as little as 9 months. You will learn how to perform clinical and administrative tasks in a medical office, clinic, hospital, or other healthcare setting.

This is a blended program in which all your theory (didactic) courses are online, while your lab and externship requirements are mostly in-person with minor online components. About 50% of our Medical Assisting program is online while the other 50% is in person. Our hybrid program emphasizes both administrative and clinical skills, with varied instruction in medical terminology, medical office procedures, clinical procedures, basic anatomy & physiology, and other special duties common in the field.

By the end of our program, you will complete 28 semester credits and a 160-hour externship at a healthcare facility. Class topics include pharmacology, medical administration, diagnostic imaging, surgical technique, medical law, and more.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant program are trained in:

  • Medical office administration
  • Medical law
  • Pharmacology
  • Infection control
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Microbiology, hematology, venipuncture, and urinalysis
  • Surgical technique and assistance

Medical Assisting Admissions Requirements

How do I apply?

Our admissions process is tailored to help you understand all the educational options in relation to your career goals.  Your admissions representative will guide you through every step of the enrollment process so that you feel comfortable, confident, and ready to begin your first day of classes. We also conduct a career planning session to learn and discuss your interests, goals, and career objectives.

To apply for the Medical Assisting program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Career planning session and admissions interview
  • Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
  • Admissions application
  • Achieve a passing score of 12 or higher on the entrance exam
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid
  • Submit proof of vaccinations

Medical Assisting Campus Locations

Contact any of our campuses to learn more about how to become a Medical Assistant or to enroll in the program.  Your future starts at Unitek College.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Out-of-pocket costs for our Medical Assisting program can vary depending on your individual situation. There are various financial aid options available to eligible students. In fact, our financial aid team is ready to help you develop a financial plan that is specifically tailored to your educational goals.

Our financial aid options can cover many college expenses, such as:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Computer equipment
  • Room and board
  • Living expenses

 Please visit the School Catalog for more details.

Medical Assistant Career

Duties & Responsibilities

Medical Assistants play a vital role on the healthcare team. Not only do they assist other healthcare professionals carry out their responsibilities, they also promote positive healthcare choices and emotional support for their patients. Medical Assistants are often the first and last face a patient will see during their visit. They work in a variety of healthcare settings, including doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and retirement communities.

Their duties include both administrative and clinical functions. Some of their administrative tasks can range from scheduling medical appointments and ordering supplies to billing and bookkeeping responsibilities. Their clinical duties vary according to state law but may include and of the following job requirements:

  • Capturing patient medical history
  • Recording vital signs
  • Patient examination assistance
  • Collecting laboratory specimens
  • Sterilizing medical instruments
  • Administering electrocardiograms

Salary & Job Outlook

The Medical Assisting profession can lead to a steady source of income. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the average salary of Medical Assistants is about $36,000, while those earning in the top 10th percentile can earn as much as $51,000 per year, or more.

Upon completing your Medical Assisting training at Unitek, you will be prepared for employment in the healthcare field. Demand for Medical Assistants is expected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. According to the BLS, as the baby-boomer population ages, demand for preventive medical services will increase. In response, doctors will hire more Medical Assistants for perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

To learn more, click here to view our comprehensive career guide on how to become a Medical Assistant.

Please note that wage data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other third-party sources may not be an accurate reflection of all areas of the country, may not account for the employees’ years of experience, and may not reflect the wages or outlook of entry-level employees, such as graduates of our program. (accessed on 11/15/2021)

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Medical Assisting Program Accreditation

Unitek College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

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