Medical Assistants are an important part of the administrative medical team. They help to keep medical organizations streamlined and organized, manage medical or financial records, transcribe reports, schedule appointments, and a variety of clinical duties like preparing patients for examination, giving injections, and operating electrocardiographs.
To succeed in medical assisting students will need to work well with others, employ strong communication and organizational skills, and be confident in dealing with patients.
The Medical Assisting Program at Skyline College
Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting program can expect to learn the skills necessary to enter the workforce at the cutting edge of medical assisting.
Please note: the Medical Assisting degree and certificate programs are currently awaiting approval through the State Chancellor’s Office, however individual courses are currently available. Once approved, Skyline College will offer one Associate of Science Degree in Administrative Medical Assisting, and five Certificates of Achievement in Medical Office Reception, Medical Editing, Medical Insurance Billing, Medical Coding, and Administrative Medical Assisting. Courses taken before program approval will still apply towards the certificate or degree where applicable.
Currently, Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations worldwide. Career opportunities abound for well-trained medical assistants, including work in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, labs, medical publication firms, pharmaceutical firms, public health agencies, and health insurance companies.
Demand for Medical Assistants is high, with a national job growth rate of 29% over the next decade, much faster than average. Medical Assistants in California make an average of $34,050 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor.