Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

Get the Skills to Begin a Career as a Medical Assistant in as few as 10 Months

Medical assistants play a vital role in today's healthcare field by helping doctors and staff give the best care possible to the ultimate client: the patient. Training in the Medical Assisting program offered at our campuses across Connecticut and Massachusetts can lead to a career where what you do really matters!

ABHES LogoThe Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Program Details

  • Program offered at: Bridgeport CT, Hamden CT, New London CT, Rocky Hill CT, Waterbury CT, and Brockton MA, Chicopee MA, Worcester MA
  • Program length: 10 months
  • Credits: 56
  • Graduates earn a diploma

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions on a regular basis.
Next Start Date: January 10, 2022

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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Delivery of Instruction

On Campus Labs

  • Campus Lab Hours Day Program: 9am - 3pm
  • 1-2 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs
  • Campus Lab Hours Evening Program: 5pm - 9pm
  • 1-2 Lab sessions per week, based on course needs

Online Learning

  • Students will need approximately 30 hours per week for instruction, activities, labs, reading assignments, and homework
  • All materials are accessible in an asynchronous format 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • First week includes acclimation to the systems and laptop

Course Listings

Module 1
Administrative Medical Assisting MAD101
Anatomy and Medical Terminology MAD102
Clinical Procedures MAD103
Module 2
Administrative Medical Assisting MAD201
Anatomy and Medical Terminology MAD202
Clinical Procedures MAD203
Module 3
Administrative Medical Assisting MAD301
Anatomy and Medical Terminology MAD302
Clinical Procedures MAD303
Module 4
Administrative Medical Assisting MAD401
Anatomy and Medical Terminology MAD402
Clinical Procedures MAD403
Module 5
Administrative Medical Assisting MAD501
Anatomy and Medical Terminology MAD502
Clinical Procedures MAD503
Module 6
Medical Assisting Externship MAD600
Certification Exam Review MAD601


Tuition Cost: $17,000
Additional Fees: $2,340

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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Why PCI?

If you really like helping others and you want a career that’s in demand, here are just a few reasons you should get your Medical Assisting training at Porter and Chester Institute:

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Patient Care Skills: 
We’ll teach you the clinical skills you need to become an important member of a healthcare team. From taking patient histories and serving as patient-physician liaison to performing actual medical tests like blood draws, lab procedures and EKGs, you’ll learn what you need in order to provide direct patient care.

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Healthcare Administration Skills: 
We’ll teach you the ins-and-outs of today’s busy healthcare settings. At Porter and Chester Institute, you’ll learn to keep electronic medical records, schedule patient appointments and procedures and process insurance claims.

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Hands-on Training: 
In addition to online instruction, you’ll have lots of hands-on training where you’ll be using the same kinds of medical, diagnostic and administrative equipment used in actual hospitals and healthcare facilities. You’ll also participate in an externship where you’ll get real-world experience out in the field.

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Hybrid Learning: 
In an effort to create a more flexible learning environment, certain courses in this program are taught via a combination of distance learning and regular “onsite” instruction. This “hybrid learning” delivery method allows you to learn information online, at your convenience, and then put those corresponding skills into practice on-campus in the lab.
Note: Hybrid learning is not currently implemented at our New London campus.

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Qualified Instructors: 
Our instructors are not only professionals in their field with years of experience; they’re also excellent educators who care about you as a person. They want you to reach your full potential and will do everything they can to help you succeed.

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Job Outlook: 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to grow by 19 percent through 2029. There are plenty of jobs out there and we’ll help you prepare for them! Our Career Services Advisors will work with you until you find the career opportunity that matches your newly acquired skills.

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Soft Skills: 
It’s not just technical skills that get you employed –it’s all those soft skills that today’s employers say they really want to see. At Porter and Chester Institute, we’ll teach you about workplace professionalism and proper patient interaction. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.

Is a Rewarding Medical Career Right for You?

Take the "PCI Medical Career Training Readiness Quiz"

The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
Get your Medical Career Training Readiness score now!