Medical Assisting Program Overview
Earn your MA diploma in as little as 9 months
Medical Assistants fill a critical role on the healthcare team, and there aren’t enough of them to meet the growing demand.
If you’re looking for an online Medical Assisting program, Eagle Gate College offers a dynamic MA program that can be completed in as little as 9 months. Students learn through a combination of virtual instruction, hands-on lab exercises, and supervised externship hours.
While earning your diploma in Medical Assisting, you’ll acquire the necessary skills to assist physicians, conduct lab work, suture wounds, take vital signs, and interpret results. Graduates of the program are also eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Frequently Asked Questions
What you need to know
Why do I need a Medical Assisting diploma?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting careers are on the rise. Employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 18 percent by 2030. While not all employers require applicants to have a degree, many will only choose Medical Assistants that have been formally trained.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant possesses the necessary skills to assist patients, nurses, and physicians. They are vital members of the healthcare team that fill both administrative and clinical functions. Though their job duties can vary, they might conduct lab work, suture wounds, apply dressings, take vital signs, and promote good health habits.
What is the cost of the Medical Assisting program?
Tuition costs for Medical Assisting will vary depending on the school and your individual situation (think location, finances, etc.). At Eagle Gate College, there are a number of financial aid options available to Medical Assisting students. Reach out to an admissions representative for more information.
What courses are required to become a Medical Assistant?
If you’d like to enroll in a Medical Assisting diploma program, your courses will typically include the following topics: microbiology, hematology, venipuncture, and urinalysis; transcription and charting; patient vital signs, ECGs, and draping/gowning; minor surgical assisting; and injections and pharmacology.
How long is the Medical Assisting program?
A Medical Assisting diploma program can usually be completed in a year or less. At Eagle Gate College, you can receive Medical Assistant training in as little as 9 months! This career track might be ideal for those who do not want to spend years in school.
What certifications will the Medical Assisting program prepare me for?
Graduates of Eagle Gate’s MA program are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam, which is offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
What kind of jobs can you get with a Medical Assisting diploma?
Some of the various job titles for graduates with a diploma in Medical Assisting include Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Manager, Phlebotomy Technician, and Front Office Manager.
How much money do Medical Assistants make?
As of May 2020, the median annual salary for Medical Assistants was $35,850. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. These numbers, however, might vary depending on your location and experience.
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)
Areas of Medical Assistant Training:
- Microbiology, hematology, venipuncture, and urinalysis
- Transcription and charting
- Patient vital signs, ECGs, and draping/gowning
- Minor surgical assisting
- Injections and pharmacology
Boise Campus Location | Areas Served
Serving Medical Assistant Students in all of Ada County, Idaho:
|Boise, ID||Eagle, ID||Garden City, ID|
|Kuna, ID||Meridian, ID||Star, ID|
Idaho Falls Campus Location | Areas Served
Serving Medical Assistant Students in all of Bonneville County, Idaho:
|Ammon, ID||Idaho Falls, ID||Iona, ID|
|Irwin, ID||Swan Valley, ID||Ucon, ID|
Murray Campus Location | Areas Served
Serving Medical Assistant Students in all of Salt Lake County, Utah:
|Alta, UT||Bluffdale, UT||Cottonwood Heights, UT|
|Draper, UT||Herriman, UT||Holladay, UT|
|Kearns, UT||Magna, UT||Midvale, UT|
|Millcreek, UT||Murray, UT||Riverton, UT|
|Salt Lake City, UT||Sandy, UT||South Jordan, UT|
|South Salt Lake, UT||Taylorsville, UT||West Jordan, UT|
|West Valley City, UT|
Job titles for graduates with a Diploma in Medical Assisting:
- Clinical Medical Assistant
- Medical Office Manager
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Front Office Manager