You have a passion for helping others and are ready to make a difference in your community as a medical assistant. You're eager to begin performing administrative and clinical tasks as an important member of a healthcare team. The only thing standing between you and your work at a doctor's office, hospital, or outpatient clinic is the proper training needed to kick-start your career. You might be wondering then, how long does it take to become a medical assistant?
Many employers prefer to hire medical assistants who have completed postsecondary education. In the Medical Assisting program at Porter and Chester Institute, you can earn your diploma in as few as 9 months by taking day classes, or in as few as 15 months when choosing evening courses. This includes participating in an externship where you get real-world experience in a professional healthcare setting. In just a short time, you can be fully prepared to jump right into a new career!
PCI's Hands-on Medical Assisting Program The Medical Assisting program at Porter and Chester Institute teaches the administrative and clinical skills needed to excel as a medical assistant. Through hands-on training, you learn by using the same medical, diagnostic and administrative equipment often found in hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our classes are taught by qualified instructors with years of experience in the healthcare field. We also teach soft skills so you know what it means to be the kind of employee employers are looking for!
ABHES Accredited At Porter and Chester Institute, we're regularly assessed to ensure that all our programs meet or exceed strict industry standards of quality. In addition to our institutional accreditation, the Medical Assisting program at our PCI campuses (with the exception of our New London location) are programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). This is a voluntary process and adds an additional level of quality and recognition to the program. ABHES has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency since 1969. The bureau's goal is to assure the quality of the programs it accredits, and assist in the improvement of the programs.
Get Started Today Now that you know how quickly you can begin your new career as a medical assistant, get started today! Visit PCI to see the labs and classrooms where you'll receive your training and get all your questions answered. Call 1-800-870-6789 or visit our website to schedule your campus tour.