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What You Learn from a Medical Assistant Program

The skills you learn from Goodwin College’s medical assistant program can set you on the path to a rewarding career. Learn more!

The healthcare industry is continuing to grow, and the time has never been better to pursue a career in the medical field. And one great option is to pursue a career as a medical assistant. By pursuing a degree in medical assisting, students open themselves up a wide range of opportunities in the health care field.

Medical assistants work very closely with health care providers to ensure the timeliness and quality of a patient’s visit. They are one of the first faces a patient sees, and handle everything from obtaining vital signs, to helping with examinations, to handling patient records and history.

In Goodwin College’s medical assistant program, students learn how to:

  • Utilize medical terminology appropriately.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as well as the related disease processes.
  • Describe legal and regulatory frameworks of healthcare as they relate to the Medical Assistant.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy skills.
  • Effectively engage in written and oral communication as demonstrated through charting and communication with patients and other health professionals.
  • Prepare patients for examination or procedures, and assist the physician with the examination or procedure.
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, as well as perform basic laboratory testing.
  • Perform phlebotomy and other invasive specimen collection techniques.
  • Perform electrocardiograms and respiratory testing.

And earning a Medical Assisting degree has never been easier! At Goodwin, students can complete their medical assistant training in as few as 12 months. And students can earn their certificate while they work towards their associate degree. While some schools offer training in medical assisting that doesn’t count towards college credit, at Goodwin, students earn real college credits.

And upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam administered by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

And it’s a great time to pursue a career in medical assisting; employment of Medical Assistants is projected to increase 27.4% by 2022, according to the State of Connecticut Department of Labor. The entry level salary for a medical assistant in CT is $26,691, with a median salary of $36,133, according to the labor department.

Interested in learning more about Goodwin College? Learn more today, or check out all of our programs to see why we’re a leader in healthcare education in CT! You can also interact with us on Facebook or Twitter!