Are you people-oriented, patient and willing to serve patients when they’re not at their best? 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?

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 medical facilities, technological advancements and aging Americans who need medical treatment, the job market is thriving for those who enter this health field.

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

Medical Assisting At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Medical Assisting jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Medical assistants have great variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform numerous administrative and clinical duties. They:

  • take and record vital signs
  • administer injections and other medications
  • draw blood
  • collect and process specimens
  • prepare patients for examination or in-office procedures
  • set up office procedures
  • document information in patients’ medical records  

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in all medical fields is largely due to the aging population as well as more people accessing medical services because of health care reform.  

Medical assistant is projected to be one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation, as health care facilities need support personnel who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. America’s Career Infonet projects job growth of 32% for medical assistants over the next decade. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10%. 

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Medical Assisting Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD to offer a credit certificate program leading to the Medical Assisting Certificate

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Medical Assisting students