Medical Assisting FAQ

1. What does a Medical Assistant do on the job?

Medical Assistants help physicians with patient preparation, vitals, procedures, documentation, appointment scheduling, pre-certification, and referrals. Their duties vary depending upon the location, specialty, and size of the healthcare practice.

2. Where does a Medical Assistant work?

A Medical Assistant typically works in a physician’s office or large group specialty practice and other healthcare facilities.

3. What is the Employment Outlook for a Medical Assistant?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.”

4. How long is the typical training to become a Medical Assistant?

Typical training for a Medical Assistant is 1 – 2 years, depending upon program. Beckfield College offers a Diploma program which typically is a 1 year program for full time students. Beckfield College also offers an Associate Degree which typically takes 2 years for full time students.

5. Are there any certifications or licensures needed to work in this field?

• Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) – Beckfield College prepares graduates of the Associate Degree program for this designation.
• Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) – Beckfield College prepares graduates of the Diploma program for this designation.
• Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Learn more about our Medical Assisting Diploma Program

Learn more about our Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program

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