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Field of Study: Medical Assisting


Medical assisting programs prepare people to work in medical offices and clinics under the supervision of nurses or doctors.



Medical assisting programs include topics such as:

  • Interviewing patients
  • Medical terminology
  • Recordkeeping
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Laboratory testing
  • Medical insurance

Medical assistants also have the opportunity to specialize. For example, a medical assistant might be interested in eye medicine. By taking additional courses, students can prepare to work as an ophthalmic medical assistant.

Many career and technical schools offer certificate programs in medical assisting. Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in medical assisting. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in medical assisting. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.