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If you are interested in working in health care and have a strong attention to detail,the medical assistant program may be the career path for you.
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals who perform administrative and clinical duties.
Medical assistants prepare patients for medical examinations by taking temperature, weight, blood pressure and pulse. They also aid physicians during exams and treatments and may give injections, draw blood, prepare lab specimens and conduct evaluation testing.
Medical assistants may also have administrative duties like billing and collections, scheduling appointments, maintaining files, preparing reports and designing office procedures.
The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public’s health and well-being and requires mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills. It requires formal education as well as practical experience that are the standards for entry into the profession.
This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit
Richland College Allied Health Certificate Programs provide students with quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare education and training to produce job-ready individuals who fulfill the needs of healthcare employers and the community.
Looking to earn more? A career as a medical assistant can start you on the path to a great career in health care.