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July 10, 2023

Become A Certified Medical Assistant

by Pete Dulin


A Certified Medical Assistant is a valuable part of the healthcare team, providing patient care under the supervision of a physician and other licensed healthcare providers. Powered by MedCerts, our Medical Assistant training not only enables you to learn how to provide clinical care but also learn how to complete medical administrative tasks.

Hundreds of medical assistant positions advertised by local healthcare employers range from $32,000-54,000 in annual income. Demand for qualified entry-level and experienced medical assistants remains strong.

Let’s look at what a medical assistant does and the steps you can take to earn certification through UMKC TalentLink’s online healthcare training partner MedCerts.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do? 

A Certified Clinical Medical Assistant may administer medications, assist with minor procedures, record vital signs, take medical histories, prepare patients and rooms for examinations, handle laboratory specimens, provide patient education, and much more.

Drawing from a specialized skill set and knowledge, you could find yourself working as a medical assistant in clinics, physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient facilities, and specialists’ offices across the country.

In addition to a clinical setting, medical assistants are needed in these following healthcare settings.

  • Chiropractic Offices
  • Emergency Departments
  • Ophthalmology Offices
  • Cardiology Offices
  • Dermatology Offices
  • Retirement Homes
  • Psychiatric & Behavioral Health
  • Medical Research Centers

Roles for medical administrative assistants involve less patient interaction. Instead, you’ll perform tasks to help keep healthcare office operations running smoothly. Opportunities can be found in these settings.

  • Urgent Care
  • Diagnostic Labs
  • Pediatric Offices
  • Weight Loss Centers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Medical Billing and Coding Departments

MedCerts Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program prepares candidates to work in both a clinical and administrative healthcare setting. The online training program runs 28 weeks. Once completed, candidates are eligible to take certification exams for Certified Clinical Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant.

How Do I Get Started?

Request more information from UMKC TalentLink’s healthcare training partner MedCerts about the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant program. A MedCerts representative will contact you to share program information and answer your questions. 

During the 28-week Certified Clinical Medical Assistant online program, students learn essential knowledge that can help them earn certification and secure a job with a healthcare employer.