Career Level:Entry-level program
Medical assistant programs prepare you for jobs that are in-demand right now and provide a stepping-stone to many allied healthcare careers.
- Act as an extra set of hands for doctors and nurses and are important to the overall patient experience.
- Perform clinical and administrative duties.
- Get an overview of the many different roles within the medical field.
Medical assistants need to:
- Be problem solvers who are both compassionate and non-judgmental.
- Have a strong attention to detail.
- Have solid communication and organizational skills.
Length of Study
The coursework of the Medical Assistant Program is designed to be completed in 8-11 months depending on the education provider. The program also includes hands-on learning through the clinical/externship experience, which accounts for 4-6 weeks.
After completing the Futuro Health Medical Assistant Program, you will be able to:
1. Skillfully perform and document routine clinical procedures according to current office protocol.
2. Perform and document routine administrative procedures according to current office protocol.
3. Collect, process, and test diagnostic specimens.
4. Maintain industry standards of quality control and safety principles in the workplace.
5. Uphold legal and ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy.
6. Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in the workplace.
7. Demonstrate professionalism through acceptable attitude, organization and time-management skills, and attire.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the course materials for successful completion of the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam to earn your professional certification.
Coursework will be both synchronous (real-time learning with other students) and asynchronous (learning on your own with prescribed weekly assignments). On-campus labs will be either weekly or on a Saturday and Sunday every 10 weeks, depending on your assigned education partner. Some education providers offer an opportunity for on-campus course work.
Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist (select educational providers)
In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on our communities, Futuro Health is waiving tuition for all programs and courses. Depending on the program or course of interest, students should expect to pay a non-refundable registration fee and a $20 per month membership for education and training as part of the application process, unless either or both is waived. Student can expect some minimal out-of-pocket cost associated with the application and enrollment process, e.g., background check, drug screen, and others.
Tuition will be reinstated in 2021. To ensure programs are accessible and affordable to students, Futuro Health will make available a plan where the tuition for students is pre-paid and student begin repayment once they are working. More details and financial aid advising will become available at the time of application. Futuro Health reserves the right to make changes as needed to this program element.
As a student, you will be required to cover the following costs:
- One-time Futuro Health enrollment fee(s): $50 application fee for the Jump Start pre-requisite courses to Medical Assistant Program; $100 application fee for the Medical Assistant Program.
- Membership fee for education and training: $20 per month for access to a statewide network of healthcare workers who will advise you about your career and studies.
- One-time background check and drug screen, which is required for those enrolling in clinical programs: $77-$119.
- Immunizations: Up-to-date immunizations are required for those enrolling in clinical programs. Some healthcare providers require payment for immunizations while for others these fees may be covered by insurance.
For students enrolled in courses or programs in 2020, tuition will be waived (this includes any pre-requisite courses through to the MA program). Effective January 1, 2021, tuition will not be waived, and students will be required to pay the full tuition amount. Futuro Health will offer a financial aid program and the options/resources available will be discussed during your initial conversation with your Futuro Health navigator.
Half of all medical assistants earn over $17.90 per hour and can earn up to $46,599 in metropolitan areas. Medical assisting is an in-demand job, with open positions expected to increase by 29.2% in a decade.
(Source: EDD, State of California and American Medical Association of Medical Assistants, January 2020)
Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor offices, emergency rooms, long-term care facilities, and medical research centers.
As a medical assistant, there are many opportunities for you to advance in your career, including moving up into the following roles:
- Lead medical assistant
- Clinical office manager
- Case management assistant
- Medical assistant instructor
- Medical records manager
- Healthcare administration
- Executive medical office secretary
- Transcription supervisor
- Licensed vocational nurse (LVN/LPN)
- Registered nurse (RN)
Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties while getting an overview of the many different roles within the medical field. Administrative duties could include answering telephones, scheduling appointments, filling out and updating medical records, and handling billing. On the clinical side, medical assistants are often responsible for greeting and taking a patient's medical history, preparing patients for examination, measuring vital signs such as blood pressure and temperature, and assisting the doctor during appointments.
To enroll in the Medical Assistant Program, you must:
Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing (if you are not already a member of SEIU-UHW).
- Have the ability to work in the U.S.
- Be a California resident.
- Have no felony conviction on record.
- Able to pass drug screening.
- High school diploma or GED certificate.
- Be computer and internet proficient.
- Have home access to reliable high-speed internet
- Have a working computer.
- Be willing to commit 3-4 hours per day (estimated at 20+ hours per week) of study time.
- Have the ability to lift and move a minimum of 20 pounds.
- Have the ability to stand for long periods of time.
- Have a willingness to work with bodily fluids, such as urine or blood.
- In addition to the minimum qualifications, it is necessary that you have strong attention to detail to be a fit for a career as a medical assistant.
Additional requirements to consider before enrolling in Futuro Health's Medical Assistant Program:
- Reliable transportation: You will be expected to have reliable transportation to attend any in-person requirements.
- Up-to-date immunizations: You will need to get up-to-date immunization records, which is required when enrolling in a clinical program.
- English fluency: It is recommended you have at least intermediate English fluency to successfully complete the course. If you are unsure of your fluency level, you can take our English-readiness assessment.
- Two official copies of your high school diploma/transcripts or GED certificate.