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Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Prepare for Medical Assistant certification with Boston Reed's training.

Finish medical assistant training in just 7 months! Programs are offered during the day or in the evening.

Program Summary

Our Clinical Medical Assistant training program will prepare you to assist a physician, provide care to patients in a doctor's office or clinic, and to sit for a national medical assistant certification exam. The program combines 134 hours of instruction with 160 hours in a medical office externship (Externship hours vary by state). Over the course of 7 months you will gain exposure to job duties that include assisting physicians with exams and minor surgery, taking patient vital signs, caring for patients, performing lab tests, administering medications, electrocardiography and much more.

Program Details
  • Financial Assistance

    Financial Assistance

    Payment Plans & Scholarships are widely available.

  • Schedule / Duration

    Schedule / Duration

    Finish medical assistant training in 7 months with day or evening schedules available

  • Externship


    Get real world experience with the Clinical Medical Assistant training program

  • Occupational Outlook

    Occupational Outlook

    Make $14+ per hour as a Clinical Medical Assistant

  • Locations


    Over 150 classroom locations nationwide

  • Information Sessions

    Information Sessions

    Attend a helpful information session about this program

Financial Assistance

Fees: Fees vary by partner. Check Class Schedules to find a program near you.

Financing: Financial Assistance is offered to many people that apply. Our options may include:

  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Sallie Mae Loans
  • 5 to 10 month Payment Plans
  • Debit/Credit Card Enrollment

Schedule / Duration

Our medical assistant certification preparation offers convenient day, evening and weekend schedules.

Over the course of seven months, we provide 134 hours of instruction with 160 hours in a medical office externship (Externship hours vary by state). Day, evening and weekend schedules are available.

Click here to find a program that fits your schedule.


We know how important on-the-job training can be. That is why we guarantee externship placement for all students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the student handbook. This practical experience has allowed many of our students to receive job offers immediately upon graduation. Externships are offered near your classroom location. Externship hours vary by state.

Occupational Outlook

What Medical Assistants Do:
 Medical assistants work in the offices of health practitioners completing administrative and clinical duties. Typical duties also include the following:

  • Take patient history and measure vital signs
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patient injections as directed by the physician
  • Prepare blood for laboratory tests

More physicians are adopting electronic health records (EHRs), which are changing medical assistants’ jobs. Assistants must learn the EHR software that their offices use.

In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Work Environment:
In 2010, medical assistants held around 527,600 jobs, and more than half of them work in physicians’ offices. The remaining worked in other healthcare facilities.

Most medical assistants work full time.

How to Become a Medical Assistant:
Education: High school students should think about taking courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy if they are interested in a career as a medical assistant.

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states. However, some medical assistants graduate from formal education programs, and some employers may prefer such training. Boston Reed's medical assistant training is designed to provide students the fundamentals of medical assisting, which might aid in job searches.

Some states may require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, or to pass an exam or both to perform advanced tasks.

Training: Many assistants learn through on-the-job training. Often, another medical assistant will teach the new assistant medical terminology, the names of the instruments, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with patients, etc. An assistant codes both paper and electronic health records and also records patient information.

Certification: Employers prefer to hire certified assistants. However, you are not required to be certified to work in this career.

Several organizations offer certification. Some require the assistant to pass an exam, and others require graduation from an accredited program. Typically, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification. Boston Reed provides clinical medical assisant training that is designed to prepare students to sit for the medical assistant certification exam.

In 2011, the average annual wage of medical assistants was $30,000. Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Job Outlook:
Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020.

An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to do both administrative and clinical duties.

Additional demand for medical assistants is expected as a result of new and changing tasks for medical assistants as part of the medical team.


Boston Reed is proud to partner with hundreds of schools across the United States. If you aren't able to find a location for this program please let us know. We are constantly adding more locations and hope to help you online or in the classroom.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are a great way to find out more about allied health careers, and the programs offered to get them started. See if there are any in your area. Sign up today!

How to register

1. Click here and then enter your zip code

2. Select "Information Session" from the drop down list. and press go.

3. Find the location that you would like to attend and call or register online.

Note: Not all information sessions allow you to register online. Please call us at 800-201-1141 if you have any questions.