Medical Assisting

Perform clerical or clinical duties in a hospital, clinic or a physician’s office.


A medical assistant performs clerical and/or clinical duties for physicians in their office or other medical settings. Program completion requires approximately one year.


Clerical duties may include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, handling telephones calls, and assuming responsibilities for billing, collections, and insurance claims. Clinical duties may include preparing patients for examination and/or treatment; obtaining blood pressure, pulse and temperature; administering medication; assisting the physician in the examination; performing phlebotomy, medical laboratory procedure, and electrocardiograms.

Employment Opportunities:

A well-trained support staff is a tremendous asset to any clinical, medical, or dental setting. Skilled personnel are needed in a variety of areas such as physicians and dental offices, long-time-care facilities and hospitals, and medical insurance companies.

Career Opportunities:

  • Secretary
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse

Employment Outlook:

Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average as the health care industry expands because of the technological advances in medicine and the aging population. This industry is expected to grow 23% through the year 2024.


The average wage for this career is $14.51 hourly, or $30,170 annually.


Location and Hours:

  • D.A. Dorsey Technical College (Certificate – 1300 Hours)
  • Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1300 Hours)
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College (Certificate – 1300 Hours)
  • South Dade Technical College (Certificate – 1300 Hours)

Healthcare Occupations