Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship

Train for a New Career as a Medical Assistant and Make a Difference

When you train with {{ $root.brand.brandName }} you can be prepared for a successful career as a medical assistant in just 4 months. The healthcare industry is growing rapidly and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the medical assistant field will grow by 29%, or over 184,000 jobs, by 2026.* The medical assistant career path offers several benefits.

Become a Medical Assistant for:

  • Helping people – You can work in a field that focuses on helping people and making a difference with their health every day.
  • Competitive salaries and benefits – Medical assistants enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.
  • Top 20 best jobs – A job as a medical assistant ranks number 18 in best healthcare support jobs in the U.S.

Choose our training for:

  • Certification preparation – Career Step’s Medical Assistant program prepares you to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) industry certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
  • Comprehensive support – Career Step offers you the flexibility of online training in addition to the assurance of experienced, one-on-one support.
  • Access to Career Advisors – After completing your course, Career Advisors are available to help you turn your training into a career by providing resume help, interview advice and job search tips.

A 130-hour Clinical Externship, which covers patient care, medical office administration, plebotomy, and EKG is included with the course.

With our online medical assistant training, you can develop the specialized skills you need to excel in your new career. Call {{ $root.brand.contacts.advisor.contactPhone || $root.DEFAULT_PHONE }} or request free information today for more details!

*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship FAQs

Medical assistants perform general patient care in healthcare facilities such as physicians’ offices, hospitals, and clinics. As medical practices expand in the rapidly growing healthcare industry, medical assistants will take on more routine duties so physicians can see more patients. They complete both clinical and administrative tasks such as the following:
  • Obtaining patient vital signs
  • Taking measurements
  • Administering oral and parenteral medications
  • Performing wound care
  • Assisting during procedures
  • Labeling and process specimens
  • Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
  • Managing medical records
  • Processing health insurance
  • And more

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare facilities. With the healthcare industry growing at a rapid pace, many opportunities exist nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow by 29%, or over 184,000 jobs, by 2026.

The U.S. Department of Labor states that the middle 50% of medical assistants can earn between $26,860 and $37,760 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a medical assistant.

Most states do not require their medical assistants to be certified, though 5 states have requirements around certification: California, Connecticut, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington. (California does not technically require certification but has a lengthy list of training criteria that must be met.) Some other states recommend that medical assistants become certified to help them get a job faster.

Upond completion, you will be prepared to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam offered through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)—and you’ll even receive an exam voucher upon completion (a $155 value).

Career Step has been training healthcare professionals for over 25 years and offers comprehensive training that prepares you to work as medical assistants. With Career Step, you’ll study online, on your own schedule, and at your own pace. You’ll know you’re getting the right training; personal, ongoing support; and the resources and guidance you need to turn your training into a job. With comprehensive training in clinical and administrative medical assisting, phlebotomy, and EKG, you’ll be ready to sit for the CCMA exam immediately after completion.

Choose Career Step for the quality training you need to take your next career step into medical assisting.

See what makes Career step different in our quick introduction.

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a medical assistant.

The Career Step Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship training program is 510 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and you receive an initial 12-month period of training to provide you the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for you.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Your program includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as a medical assistant. Your training includes:

  • Access to expert-created training
  • Technical support