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Medical Assistant Program

Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree

A Career Path That Sustains Family And Community

A Medical Assistant (MA) performs clinical and administrative tasks in a physician’s office, hospital and other healthcare facilities. MAs interact with patients to take medical histories and vital signs, prepare them for procedures, and explain different experiences during their visit.


Career Overview

Medical assistants serve a variety of roles in the healthcare system. MAs interact with a broad range of patients and healthcare professionals from physicians, nurses, lab technicians, administrators, insurance providers among others. Whether scheduling patient appointments or greeting them when they arrive in the office, a MA is often the first person that a patient interacts and can help set the tone of a patient's visit.

MAs also collect patient information, vital signs and samples for diagnostic procedures. Some MAs pursue careers as phlebotomists and electrocardiogram (EKG) technicians, while others go on to careers in nursing and a variety of other patient care careers.

The role of a MA can change depending upon their focus, strengths and/or the needs of the health care practice. 


Program Overview

The Medical Assistant program at Concorde  prepares you with a blended learning approach that includes virtual coursework, hands-on classes and externships that teach you the skills that employers demand. 

  • Scheduling & Receiving Patients
  • Preparing & Maintaining Medical Records
  • Infection Control
  • Common Diagnostic Tests & Sample Preparation
  • Taking Patient Vital Signs & Medical History
  • Basic First Aid & CPR

The Medical Assistant Diploma program is offered at all 17 Concorde campuses. The Memphis, TN and Southaven, MS campuses also offer an Associate of Applied Science Degree program.


Now Enrolling

Concorde is seeking dedicated students who want to:

  • Learn to help physicians deliver quality care and maintain office operations
  • Prepare for career opportunities in private practices, clinics, acute care, long-term care, hospice, and more
  • Complete the diploma in as few as 9-months of study or the associate of science degree in as few as 18-months*

Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session to explore if the medical assistant program is right for you!

 

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount. The associate of science degree program is currently only available through the Memphis, TN and Southaven, MS campuses.
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 

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Program Length

18%**

National Employment Demand (2020-2030)

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

Medical assistant training through Concorde emphasizes real-world coursework that immerses you from day one in the practical aspects of supporting a fast-paced medical work environment. Training comprehensively equips you to serve effectively in both clinical and administrative functions in clinics and physicians’ offices.

Clinical Skills

  • Patient intake processing, including taking patient histories & vital signs
  • Performing first aid & CPR
  • Preparing patients for procedures
  • Assisting physicians with examinations &treatments
  • Infection control

Administrative Skills

Medical assistants also serve in administrative roles, supporting a medical practice day-to-day operations and engaging with patients and other healthcare service providers from labs to general practitioners to specialists.

  • Scheduling and receiving patients
  • Preparing and maintaining medical records
  • Performing basic secretarial skills and medical transcription
  • Handling telephone inquiries and written correspondence
  • Serving as a liaison between physicians and other individuals

Diploma Program

Associate Degree Program

The following campuses offer a diploma and an Associate of Applied Science degree program option.


Admissions Requirements

  • Approved Application
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Wonderlic / ORA  Assessment
  • Financial Aid Meeting & Personal Funding Plan

 

Below you will find campus-specific information about the Medical Assistant program.

PORTLAND CAMPUS

Outcomes Data for ORPDX MA Program

GARDEN GROVE CAMPUS

Career Slick

 

MEMPHIS and SOUTHAVEN CAMPUSES

In order to graduate from the Medical Assistant program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

Memphis curriculum

Southaven curriculum

 

In order to graduate from the Medical Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum:

Memphis curriculum

Southaven curriculum

 

Career Outlook

As more people seek health care, doctors’ offices and other medical practices should need more medical assistants.

 
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

 

     

    Financial Aid

    As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

    Accreditation

    Accreditation and licensure are an important part of an academic institution’s operation. Visit our Accreditations and Licensure page for more details about our accreditations and licensure.

    FOR THE CAMPUS IN PORTLAND:

    The Medical Assistant program is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 9355 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Ste 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; www.maerb.org.