What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical assistants help doctors and practitioners provide hands-on medical care while managing vital patient information. Medical assistants perform tasks like taking and testing blood, measuring vital signs, helping physicians with examinations, recording patient history, and personal information, and much more. The need to keep patients’ information strictly between them and other medical personnel is just as important as their ability to translate it into electronic health records (EHRs).

Medical Assistant Training

When you enroll as a student in Chancellor Institute Medical Assistant diploma program, you will learn field-specific subject matter such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and administrative skills for medical offices. You will also experience clinical training including taking vital signs, phlebotomy and conducting lab tests.

CI’s diploma program includes a 220-hour unpaid externship that offers a chance to receive real-world, hands-on training under supervision in a medical office or clinic. The Medical Assistant program prepares students to sit for the Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam, as well. Although certification is not required by every state or employer, successfully passing the exam and earning a certification can help you become a stronger job candidate, as you could stand out among other job applicants. Eligibility requirements may apply and are set by the certification body.

Diploma Program

Clock Hour: Approx. time to complete: 8 months

  • Introduction to Medical Assisting
  • Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology
  • Administrative, Insurance Procedures & Electronic Health Records
  • Diagnostic Procedures
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting
  • Assisting with Medical Specialties
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Assistant Clinical Training
  • Community Clinical Practicum-Externship


Work Environments

Professionals in this fieldwork in settings such as:

Physicians’ offices all specialties


Outpatient care centers

Chiropractors’ offices

What’s the job outlook as a medical assistant?

Medical assistants with a diploma can pursue entry-level positions as a medical assistant or medical office assistant. In addition to the variety of positions, employment in this field is projected to grow 23 percent (faster than average) from 2019 to 2029. In that span, 154,900 new jobs are projected to be added.2 Through 2028, the healthcare industry as a whole is estimated to have 12.5 million open positions.   Bls.gov

CI graduates in this program can pursue entry-level roles such as:

  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Phlebotomist

Projected open positions through 2028. 12.5 Million (reference link)

Are we Accredited? Yes.

Chancellor Institute maintains the following accreditations, licensures, approvals and memberships. CI is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES.org), a national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Chancellor Institute is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE), Florida Department of Education. CI is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, and the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Disclosure Chancellor Institute’s Practical Nursing Program is the only program currently accredited under their Institutional Grant of Accreditation. The Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assistant, and Medical Administrative Assistant is not included in the Institutional Accreditation. All programs are licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education-FLDOE.

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