Medical Assistant

What to Expect in the Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Swedish Institute’s Medical Assistant Program provides practical training for aspiring medical assistants. Medical Assisting is a coveted profession. Our program teaches students the skills to provide basic patient care in doctor’s offices and medical facilities.

Our training programs teach you to perform clinical and day-to-day tasks like taking patients’ vitals. Swedish Institute offers a 12-month Medical Assistant Certificate program and an 18-month Medical Assistant Degree program. No matter which program you choose, our world-class training will prepare you for various career opportunities. You will be able to enter the workforce with confidence.

Our Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate program is a 48.5 quarter-credit program available in a four-quarter (12-month) course sequence. The certificate program is available in day and evening class schedules. You will learn to perform routine duties like recording patient intake information and supporting physicians during exams.

Program graduates receive a certificate authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Swedish Institute’s Clinical Medical Assistant Graduates who decide to further their education are eligible to enroll in our Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant degree program.

Our Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Degree program is a 90 quarter-credit program. We offer the program in six- and seven-quarter (18- and 21-month) sequences. Day and evening classes are available, though scheduling varies each quarter. Students learn to perform clinical and office tasks, like taking vital signs, reading lab results, phlebotomy/hematology techniques, 12-lead electrocardiography (ECG), basic pharmacology, patient care, and medical recordkeeping.

Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant degree program receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) authorized by the New York State Board of Regents. Swedish Institute’s Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Certification examination (RMA) provided by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).

Program students, whether pursuing a certificate or a degree, will gain valuable real-world experience during their final quarter with a 200-hour offsite externship in an outpatient or ambulatory setting.

Our program is available in a variety of schedule options. We offer day and evening schedules for our 21-month CAMA associate degree program. Our 12-month Medical Assistant Certificate program is offered during the day and evening. We also use a hybrid learning approach that offers both in-classroom and online learning. With Swedish Institute’s iPad program, every student receives an iPad that assists with virtual education, provides communication with classmates and instructors, and provides access to course materials no matter where you are.

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Medical Assistants play a vital role in any healthcare team. They work alongside and support doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, and are often the first people to see the patients. Their demeanor, attitude, and professionalism help set the tone for the patient experience.

Job duties of a Medical Assistant often include, but are not limited to:

  • Recording patient history and personal information
  • Taking and measuring vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and pulse
  • Performing EKG and other point-of-care testing (POCT) such as blood sugar finger sticks
  • Supporting physicians during exams
  • Helping explain physician instructions
  • Following up with patients

With training from Swedish Institute’s Medical Assistant Program, you will be prepared to pursue entry-level jobs with titles such as:

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Salary Opportunities for Medical Assistants

According to the September 2023 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the annual average wage for Medical Assistants in the State of New York is $44,020 per year.* Salary will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

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†Applies to full-time students only.

*Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is faster than average for all occupations. Growth will occur for several reasons. (site visited 10.30.23) Source: Occupational Employment Statistics Query System with a release date of September 2023.

** National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, and Occupational Outlook Handbook.

National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual growth or any particular salary. Swedish Institute does not guarantee employment or career advancement. Swedish Institute cannot guarantee a student’s eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed.

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