Programs »

Medical Assisting

Are you people-oriented, friendly, patient and willing to serve people who may not feel their best and their families? Are you thorough, attentive to detail and able to manage time and stress? Would you like to work in a medical setting but aren’t sure how or where to start? Then take a look at El Centro College’s Medical Assisting program!

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest-growing careers in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With an increasing number of doctors’ offices and outpatient care facilities, technological advancements and the growing number of aging Americans who need medical treatment, the job market is booming for those who enter this exciting field.

Interested? El Centro College offers one of the few accredited Medical Assisting programs for college credit in North Texas!

Medical Assisting at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Medical Assisting program? Take a look at Medical Assisting at a Glance for a short summary of what a medical assistant does and the degrees and certificates offered by El Centro College.

Medical Assisting Degree and Certificate Options

Medical Assisting is a 40 credit hour, 12-month day and evening program that trains students to carry out clinical and administrative duties in physicians’ offices, clinics or other outpatient facilities. 

Clinical skills include taking and recording vital signs, administering injections and other medications, drawing blood, collecting and processing specimens, preparing patients for examination or in-office procedures, patient teaching, setting up office procedures and documenting information in patients’ medical records. 

Administrative skills include insurance coding and processing, collections, appointment scheduling, filing, creating medical records and receiving patients.

There is no standard licensure for medical assistants, but graduates of El Centro's Medical Assisting program can sit for the following credentialing examinations:

For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.