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Good News for Medical Assisting: A Bright Job Outlook

The future looks bright for Registered Medical Assistants! According to Becker’s Hospital Review, the health care sector added 41,600 new jobs in January with job gains of 22,100 in ambulatory health care services. The employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29% by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is due partially to the growth of the aging baby-boom population that will continue to increase demand for preventative medical services.

A degree or certificate in Medical Assisting or Clinical Assisting will provide you with solid skills sets to become a vital part of a medical office team anywhere in the country. Your desire to help others paired with the skills you will learn will make you a valuable asset in these expanding fields.

Becoming a Medical Assistant requires some personal characteristics:

1. Attention to detail.                                                      2. Dependability.

3. Honesty & Integrity.                                                    4. Cooperation (team approach).

5. Self Control.                                                                 6. Stress tolerance.

7. Concern for others.                                                     8. Adaptability / Flexibility.

9. Critical thinking skills.                                                 10. Organizational skills.

Occupational Opportunities

Medical Assisting is a job for the whole office. Graduates are trained in the Administration and Clinical demands of a physician's office. Some become office managers, others continue to develop their expertise in the clinical area of patient care. No matter which area or both areas a Medical Assistant chooses to perfect, opportunities are abundant.

You will perform administrative duties, including:

1. scheduling appointments, 2. maintaining medical records, 3. billing, and coding for insurance purposes, 4. answering telephones, 5. greeting patients, 6. arranging out of office services, just to mention a few.

Clinical duties can include: under the direction of physician:

1. patient intake, 2. obtaining medical histories, 3. recording vital signs, 4. preparing patients for examination, 5. assisting with exams and office procedures, 6. drawing blood, and 7. administering medications as directed by physician.

Your ability to put patients at ease, combined with your attention to detail and ability to get along with people, will make you a valuable asset to any medical team.

Think about the people you see working at your own healthcare providers office, that could be you!!

Want to find out if this career is for you? Check it out on the web at Career InfoNet, and select Occupation Information.

Graduates in the Associates of Applied Science Degree for Medical Assisting are eligible to take the National Certification exam for Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAS) with American Medical Technologist .

Graduates from the Certification for Clinical Office Assistant program have other National Associations exam options. Please contact the program coordinator Vicki Bond at for more information by clicking on the Contact Medical Office Technology on the black bar above right.



Graduation Requirements

  • All courses required for this program must be completed with a ā€œCā€ or better to meet the graduation requirements.
  • To graduate, students must apply for graduation and complete the graduation survey (available via myPPCC or form available at
  • After applying for graduation, all correspondence to a student about the status of their program conferral will be sent to their student email address only.
  • As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by an PPCC employee in approximately six months to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that PPCC receives certain federal funding.

Earnings Outlook

Medical Assistant graduates earn $35,900 a year on average.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average pay is $35,900 per year and medical assistant jobs are increasing at 35%, much faster than average. Wages vary depending on the employer graduates choose.

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