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A vital link in patient care. A world of opportunity.

Doctors and clinical staff rely on medical assistants to support the entire patient experience. And right now, lot of these healthcare office jobs are hiring. This important role varies from practice to practice, but could involve taking patients’ vitals, collecting and labeling samples, keeping up with medical records, and pitching in on administrative work.

If you’re ready to step into a new career in healthcare, talk to us. At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited diploma program that gets you Day 1 Ready in less than a year*, focusing on the skills employers need. You’ll emerge from our program with real experience under your belt. Our instructors are professionals from the field, giving hands-on instruction in our labs. This medical assisting diploma program places you in an externship, to give you the experience of working in an actual medical office—and possibly gain meaningful professional connections.

Because career preparation goes beyond classes, Vista College’s personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. We even offer exam preparation and pay fees for your certification. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

Learn the basics of medical office administration, including keeping medical records and insurance billing procedures. Speak the language, with courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. You’ll also practice clinical procedures, including phlebotomy, taking vitals, and proper laboratory practices.

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Next Start Date
November 18

Course Length: 10 months *
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our medical assisting training program could consider sitting for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, a certification required by many hospitals and clinics. There are further opportunities in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, clinics, and care facilities. Certification requirements vary.

Potential Job Titles: Medical Assistant, Clinical Research Assistant, Patient Service Specialist

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its healthcare programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course # Course Title Credits
AHP100 Medical Terminology 6.5
AHP101 Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
MAS100 Introduction to Medical Assisting 6.5
MAS201 Cardiopulmonary Procedures * 6.5
MAS202 Body Control and Balance Procedures * 6.5
MAS203 Nutrition and Wellness Procedures 6.5
MAS300 Medical Assisting Capstone * 6.5
MAS350 Medical Assisting Externship * 6.5

Medical Terminology

AHP100

This course introduces students to the medical terminology, symbols, and application of the language of the medical and healthcare fields. Terms are covered as they relate to body structure, function, and disease, with the main focus being placed on the medical vocabulary and construction of terms using word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Anatomy & Physiology

AHP101

Upon completion of the course students will have acquired an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course covers selected major pathologies, diagnostic procedures, and treatment methods.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to Medical Assisting

MAS100

This prerequisite course orients students to the fundamental clinical and administrative procedures of a Medical Assistant. Foundational recall and introductory application of common skills performed by medical assistants will be introduced.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Cardiopulmonary Procedures

MAS201

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in cardiology, pulmonary, phlebotomy, and hematology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Body Control and Balance Procedures

MAS202

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in neurology, endocrinology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, microbiology, and immunology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Nutrition and Wellness Procedures

MAS203

This course applies the fundamental clinical, laboratory, and administrative skills of a medical assistant in conjunction with the commonly performed patient care practices found in gastroenterology, urology, urinalysis, nutrition and wellness, and dermatology specialties. Topics include pharmacology, dosage calculations, medical administration, communication, patient care, medical records documentation, safety, and professionalism. Both administrative and clinical skills according to national competencies as they relate are included.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Capstone

MAS300

Students prepare for entering the professional workforce by demonstration of competencies related to administrative and clinical skills through application, analysis, and evaluation of procedures used in a variety of healthcare setting.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Medical Assisting Externship

MAS350

This course is designed to provide the student hands-on experience in the field working as an extern in a healthcare facility. Professionalism in dress, behavior, and attitude are presented throughout the program.

6.5 credits
10 theory hours
170 externship hours

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