About the Medical Assisting Program at Reno
Our Medical Assistant (MA) program in Reno, Nevada will equip you with the skills and experience needed to excel in the field. We prepare students for an extensive mix of Medical Assisting functions through a variety of classroom modules. Medical Assisting students also attend a supervised externship within a clinical setting to further prepare them for their career.
Through a combination of in-class instruction, hands-on lab exercises, and supervised externship hours, you will be ready for an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant upon graduation.
What You’ll Learn
The Reno Medical Assistant program provides you the knowledge, skills, and experience required to succeed as a Medical Assistant. Medical Assistants play a vital role on the healthcare team. In addition to assisting physicians and other healthcare professionals, Medical Assistants are a source of comfort for their patients. In fact, they are usually the first and last person most patients will see when visiting a hospital or doctor’s office.
Our program will teach you how to perform several clinical and administrative tasks, including the following Medical Assisting responsibilities:
- Scheduling medical appointments
- Greeting patients
- Measuring vital signs
- Updating patient charts and recording medical histories
- Arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services
- Collecting lab specimens
- Preparing patients for medical examinations
- Performing electrocardiograms
- Removing sutures and changing bandages
- Ordering pharmacy prescriptions
- Purchasing medical supplies
- Handling billing, collections, and bookkeeping
MA Program Admissions Requirements for the Reno Campus
To enroll in our Medical Assisting program, prospective students must complete admissions requirements like the following:
1 Career planning session and admissions interview
2 Submit proof of high school education or equivalent
3 Entrance assessment test
4 Admissions application
5 Enrollment agreement
6Financing arrangements and, if applicable, all documents needed to obtain an official award letter for Federal Student Aid
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The Reno Campus
Since the Reno campus is brand new, our students have the benefit of using the latest technologies, equipment, and instructional spaces that are customized for safer learning. The design of our campus was aided by years of experience in building top-notch learning experiences for allied and nursing health students.
Our campus has all the necessary facilities to set students up for success, including:
- Large student break room and study area
- Skills and computer labs
- Learning resource center
- Resume-writing stations
- Active learning room
- Career Services office
- Administrative and student support offices
The Reno campus is also part of Unitek’s expansive system of healthcare colleges. While new, our local personnel and staff have access to some of the most creative minds in higher education.
All Medical Assistant classes are held over a 4-hour block of time from Monday to Friday. By devoting 20 hours each week, you can quickly accomplish the 595-hours of required classroom instruction before starting your externship. The supervised externship provides practical experience in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or other healthcare facilities.
Another benefit of the Reno MA program is your length of study. The MA program can be completed in as little as 9 months, which is highly valued by the working adults and busy parents who attend our college.
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If you’re interested in the healthcare field, you can get a fresh start in the prosperous city of Reno, Nevada.
Phone: (888) 725-5641
5250 South Virginia St., Suite 110
Reno, NV 89502
Reno is known as “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Located near Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Reno has a thriving tourism industry. Furthermore, the downtown area inhabits a valley informally called the “Truckee Meadows,” which has become a major technology hub in recent years. This development is due to substantial investments from companies such as Amazon, Tesla, Panasonic, Microsoft, Apple, Google, and many more.
Commonly Asked Questions
Does the Reno campus offer a Medical Assisting program near me?
We welcome students from all around the world to enroll at Unitek College. Most students at our Reno campus are either from the city of Reno or commute from one of the following nearby cities.
We serve Medical Assisting students across all of Washoe County and northwest Nevada:
|Reno, NV||Carson City, NV||Fallon, NV|
|Fernley, NV||Sparks, NV||Sun Valley, NV|
|Auburn, CA||Cameron Park, CA||Grass Valley, CA|
|Lincoln, CA||North Auburn, CA||Placerville, CA|
|Rocklin, CA||South Lake Tahoe, CA||Susanville, CA|
How long is the Medical Assistant program in Reno?
As a Medical Assisting student in Reno, you can complete your program in just 9 months. However, to offer greater flexibility based on your schedule, we also have programs that range in length from 9 months to 3 years.
Is Medical Assistant certification a requirement?
Certification is not a state or federal requirement for Medical Assistants. However, graduates of our program may be qualified to take various certification exams. These include the NCCT exam for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) credential and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to gain the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential.
While these credentials are not required to graduate, they may be of value depending on your career goals. Our faculty members are available to counsel students who are seeking certification.
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