Medical Assistant Program

If you love helping people and want to be directly involved in patient care, earning a Medical Assistant degree might be the ideal choice for you. As a medical assistant, you might be the friendly face patients see when they first arrive, the person who gently administers a vaccination, or the one who carefully explains the doctor's instructions to patients before they leave.

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Medical assistants play a crucial role in today's fast-changing healthcare field, helping medical providers with both patient-care tasks and important administrative responsibilities. A trained medical assistant's duties may include:

  • Taking patients' vital signs and drawing blood samples
  • Administering thereapeutic injections and vaccinations
  • Performing EKGs and other diagnostic testing
  • Helping to educate patients about healthcare procedures and medications
  • Assisting with a variety of medical care, including in-office surgical procedures

Medical assistants also perform vital front office tasks. You might put your people skills to work greeting patients, and apply your computer skills to functions like updating patient records.

Brown College’s Medical Assistant training prepares you to bring a high degree of professionalism to a wide range of healthcare settings — from a doctor’s office or local clinic to a full-scale medical center. You might even find yourself working in an assisted living facility, medical spa, or massage therapy clinic.

As you pursue your Associate's degree in Medical Assisting, you'll learn valuable professional skills in our classrooms and labs. But you'll also have the opportunity to develop your caregiving skills (and add meaningful experience to your resume) by working directly with patients in a clinical externship.

Opportunities: Where can your career as a medical assistant take you?

Medical assistants are in demand these days, and the opportunities are expected to keep growing in the coming years.* In today's fast-changing healthcare field, busy doctors need to see more patients than ever before — and they're increasingly relying on medical assistants to help them keep up.

In fact, according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical assistants is expected to increase by 31 percent between 2010 and 2020 — growing at a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.*

Skills and Training: How you'll prepare for your new career

When you enroll in our Medical Assistant program, you'll be immersed in a challenging and rewarding curriculum that provides you with the technical knowledge and practical understanding you need to distinguish yourself in your new role.

As you earn your Associate's in Medical Assisting, you'll be working with expert instructors, many of whom have real-world experience working in the healthcare industry. And you'll develop your skills by working with professional tools and equipment, both in our classrooms and labs as well as real healthcare settings during your clinical externship.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

This area of study is available at the following campuses: Click the links below for a more detailed program description at your campus of choice:
Brooklyn Center , MN
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Brooklyn Center
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (AAS)
Mendota Heights, MN
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Mendota Heights
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant (AAS)