How to Become a Medical Assistant at Harris School

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Are you looking for a new career but concerned that you don’t have the right job skills? For residents of the Delaware Valley, you can get career-focused job training at one of several campuses of the Harris School of Business. With locations near Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Trenton, Wilmington, Dover, and Atlantic City, your career training may be right around the corner!

One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant training program. In just about one year’s time, you can gain the clinical skills needed to begin this career. Find out more below with our Q and A.

Q: What does a Medical Assistant do?

A: Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and other medical facilities where they provide important services such as scheduling appointments, taking patient histories, measuring vital signs, and updating patient records. By taking care of these duties, they help to free up the time of the doctors and nurses to provide medical services to the patients.

Q: How do I become a Medical Assistant?

A: At the Harris School, it’s easy to enroll in our Medical Assistant program. The main requirement is that you have a high school diploma (or equivalent, like a GED). Next, it’s a matter of making an appointment with one of our Admissions representatives who can walk you through our application process and provide some information about applying for financial aid.

Q: How hard is it to become a Medical Assistant?

A: If you are ready to learn, then becoming a medical assistant could be within your reach. The courses are a combination of science courses, clinical skills, and administrative skills. You will be taking classes such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Basic skills and CPR
  • Clinical procedures
  • Office skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical billing and coding
  • Medical office management

We realize that many of our students may not come from a science background, so we pace our courses with your success in mind. Remember, our instructors are here to help. They want you to succeed in meeting your career goals!

Q: How long does it take to become a Medical Assistant?

A: If you attend our program full-time, pass all of your classes, and stay current with your tuition, you should be able to complete the program in less than one year. Some campuses have part-time evening classes. Attending part-time could take up to two years to complete.

Q: How much do Medical Assistants make?

A: Medical assisting is an entry level position in the field of healthcare. To get an idea of the type of wage you will earn, look at the Pay section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Q: Why Harris?

A: We are an accredited school that has been operating in the Delaware Valley since 1965. That’s a long time! A lot of our students appreciate the training programs at the Harris School because of the small-school feel of our classrooms. Whereas community colleges might have large lecture halls, all of our classrooms are manageable sizes which can feel more comfortable for a lot of students. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, why not check us out?