Q. How do I become a Medical Assistant?
Become a Medical Assistant by enrolling in Northwest Career College's 9-month Medical
Assistant Program. You will learn to perform clinical tasks, such as vital signs,
injections, sterilization techniques, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, and assisting
with in-office surgical procedures. You will also learn administrative tasks, such as using
electronic health records and completing referral paperwork. All of these are essential to
your success as a Medical Assistant!
Q. Can I get a Medical Assistant degree online?
Northwest Career College's Medical Assistant program blends outstanding online lectures with
exceptional on-campus, hands-on training. Although some institutions may claim to teach
Medical Assisting wholly online, nothing replaces hands-on training to get you Career Ready
to work with fellow professionals in a variety of healthcare settings. Although you can
learn a lot online, your one-on-one, hands-on learning in class with seasoned instructors
provides you with invaluable practice making you the most desirable applicant for any
Medical Assistant position.
Q. How long does it take to become a Medical Assistant?
It will take you nine months of online and on-campus hands-on learning to graduate from your
Medical Assistant program...and then you will become career ready to work in a group
practice, hospital setting, long-term care facilities, surgicenter, and more!
Q. Can my Medical Assistant credits transfer to a nursing degree?
Northwest Career College encourages Medical Assistant program graduates to apply for transfer credits.
However, Northwest Career College cannot guarantee that these credits will be accepted at all institutions.
Transfer credit acceptance is determined by the institution accepting the credits for
transfer, not the original college of the alumni requesting the transfer credit.
Q. What’s the difference between a Medical Assistant and CNA?
Medical Assistants are mostly found in the clinical setting of the medical field and will
handle administrative tasks in addition to patient care. CNAs are mostly found in long-term
care facilities and assist nurses with patient care.
Q. What job positions could I potentially qualify for?
After graduation from our medical assistant school, you could potentially qualify for a variety of job positions, including but not limited to: Medical Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Optometric Technician, Clinical Medical Assistant (Back Office), Chiropractor Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Clinical Assistant, and Optometric Assistant.
Q. Can I work in a hospital after graduating from the Medical Assistant program?
Medical Assistant graduates typically work in a private medical office setting. Students interested in working in a hospital setting should consider enrolling in Northwest Career College’s Healthcare Administration program, as they will be well equipped to pursue an administrative position within a hospital setting.
Q. Does the Medical Assistant program include an EKG Certification?
Although Northwest Career College does not require students to participate in an EKG Certification exam to graduate from its Medical Assistant diploma program, graduates meet the educational requirements needed to qualify for the Certified EKG Technician exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association.
Q. Who gets paid more, a Medical Assistant or a CNA?
Due to the variety of employment opportunities with the completion of each certification, salaries are dependent on the place of employment. We encourage students to visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website, https://www.bls.gov/, to see the National averages of each career.
Q. What are the benefits of being dual certified in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy?
Entering the medical field with multiple certifications will provide more career opportunities and makes students more marketable in the competitive job market.