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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 as an accredited medical assistant, talk to us. At Vista College, we’ve designed a COE-accredited diploma program that gets you Day 1 Ready in less than 11 months*, 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.

Medical Assisting Learning Models

The Medical Assisting program has been redesigned to utilize our new blended learning model at our Beaumont, College Station, El Paso, Fort Smith, Las Cruces and Longview campuses. Blended learning provides an optimal combination of both traditional and digital learning, in a format that allows you enhanced schedule flexibility. It uses a combination of faculty-led online classes, independent learning activities and on-campus lab hands-on training overseen by experienced instructors.

Our Killeen campus will continue to use a traditional on-campus learning model, using in-person training to deliver hands-on career education in an atmosphere conducive for personalized instruction.

Fast Facts


Course Length: 11 Months *
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Lab Hours:
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Course is offered in either a Traditional or our new Blended learning format, which combines flexible online classes with hands-on lab work.

Beaumont, TX
Blended
College Station, TX
Blended
El Paso, TX (Main Campus)
Blended
Fort Smith, AR
Blended
Killeen, TX
Traditional
Las Cruces, NM
Blended
Longview, TX
Blended
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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Vista College’s Medical Assisting (Distance Education) program uses a blended learning model that combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of online courses with all the advantages of hands-on, on-campus labs to provide a unique educational experience. Blended learning — sometimes also referred to as hybrid learning — builds on the strengths of multiple education models with the aim of providing an optimal combination of both traditional and digital, in a format that allows you both flexibility and independence.

Our blended learning model utilizes a combination of faculty-led online classes, at-home learning activities, and in-person lab training overseen by experienced instructors. Each course in the program is 90 hours and taught over a 5-week period. We cap off our Medical Assisting (DE) program with an externship that gives you practical experience in a real work setting. To learn more about how Vista College’s blended learning model works, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Read up on the Frequently Asked Questions about Vista College’s blended learning model.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
  • 20 hours of online faculty-led lectures (also called synchronous learning) which occur on specific days and times, Monday through Thursday
  • 25 hours of asynchronous learning which includes learning activities, conducted in an online education environment, that aren’t scheduled for specific times and can be done more according to your schedule
  • 45 hours of instructor-led lab time taken at the campus
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
  • 9 hours each week for in-person lab work
  • 4 hours of scheduled online theory work
  • An additional 5 hours of theory work where you’ll have days and times to choose from to complete the work.
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

With the traditional learning model, Vista College’s Medical Assisting (Traditional) diploma program utilizes the tried-and-true methods of in-person training in order to effectively deliver the kind of hands-on career education that has successfully prepared our students for new job opportunities for decades. We’ve always kept our dedication to being student-focused and convenient, with an atmosphere conducive for learning and sharing ideas. We keep our class sizes small, with low student-to-teacher ratios so that you can take full advantage of the personalized attention and professional, experienced instructors so vital to the classroom learning process.

Our traditional Medical Assisting program caps off with an externship in the workplace. This allows you become an active and contributing member of your community, in your chosen field, even before you graduate.

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

Course Title Credits
Medical Terminology 6.5
Anatomy & Physiology 6.5
Introduction to Medical Assisting 6.5
Cardiopulmonary Procedures * 6.5
Body Control and Balance Procedures * 6.5
Nutrition and Wellness Procedures 6.5
Human Life Cycle Procedures * 6.5
Medical Assisting Capstone * 6.5
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

Human Life Cycle Procedures

MAS204

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 obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and orthopedics 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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