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Medical Assisting Technician

Associate in Specialized Technology (A.S.T.) Degree in Erie, PA or Pittsburgh, PA

An associate degree is the right choice for you because you want to build a career centered on helping others; and being around people makes your day. You’re looking forward to wearing scrubs and supporting doctors and nurses.


Program Length: 1.5 Years1 Format: On-Campus Course Length: 6 Weeks Average Class Size: 25 or Less Job Outlook: Much Faster than Average2

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Similar to our diploma program for Medical Assisting Technician training, our Associate Degree trains students to complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assisting Technicians will work with patients, doctors, and nurses to support positive patient outcomes, great customer service, and efficient healthcare offices. MATs perform a wide variety of functions, depending on the type of office they work within. These employees perform administrative duties include supporting, scheduling, and communicating with patients; billing and bookkeeping; and general office management or support. At the same time, MATs may have a variety of clinical responsibilities such as taking vital signs, explaining procedures, preparing patients for exams, taking medical histories and helping doctors and nurses during procedures such as lab work collection, administering medications, authorizing pharmacies to refill prescriptions, drawing blood, performing diagnostic tests, changing dressings, managing equipment, and more. The IMBC Medical Assisting Technician Associate Degree training program will teach you to perform these administrative and clinical skills. Since this is an associate degree program, you will also take general college-level courses such as psychology, public speaking, and more. Toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in a real healthcare setting with professional supervision. Before beginning an internship, you will be required to have a physical and obtain proof that all of your immunizations are current. Some medical internship sites may require a criminal background check. Please speak with your admissions representative prior to enrolling in this program if a background check presents an obstacle for you. Additionally, students in the Associate Degree program may elect to obtain a “Double Major” in Phlebotomy. Finally, upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek the following certifications to demonstrate your mastery of the course material:
  • The Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) exam, administered by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP)
  • The Nationally Registered Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NRCPT), administered by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP)
  • The Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS), administered by the National Health Association (NHA)
  • You will also be eligible to obtain your CPR certification
The costs of the professional certification exams are included in your program. Certification exams are not required for employment; however, employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.
Typical courses in the Medical Records Technician Associate Degree Program: Required Courses
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Electronic Health Records   
  • Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants I
  • Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants II
  • Pharmacology
  • Physician Billing and Coding
  • Mathematics for Allied Health
  • Disease Processes
  • Medical Terminology I
  • Medical Terminology II
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Medical Laboratory Procedures I
  • Medical Laboratory Procedures II
  • Medical Office Administrative Procedures
Program Related Electives
  • Introduction to Computers using Microsoft Word
  • Keyboarding I
  • Phlebotomy Procedures
General Education Electives
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing
  • Communication for Career Success
Career Preparation Courses
  • Professional Development
  • Internship
Top questions about the medical assistant technician training program and career outcomes:
  1. What does a Medical Assistant Technician do? Medical Assistant Technicians (MATs) complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assisting Technicians will work with patients, doctors, and nurses to support positive patient outcomes, great customer service, and efficient healthcare offices. MATs perform a wide variety of functions, depending on the type of office they work within. These employees perform administrative duties include supporting, scheduling, and communicating with patients; billing and bookkeeping; and general office management or support. At the same time, MATs may have a variety of clinical responsibilities such as taking vital signs, explaining procedures, preparing patients for exams, taking medical histories and helping doctors and nurses during procedures such as lab work collection, administering medications, authorizing pharmacies to refill prescriptions, drawing blood, performing diagnostic tests, changing dressings, managing equipment, and more.
  2. What types of places does a Medical Assistant Technician work at? Medical Assistant Technicians (MATs) typically work at hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing care facilities, or outpatient care centers.
  3. Do MATs work with patients? Yes, almost all Medical Assistant Technicians will work with patients.
  4. How long is the Medical Assistant Technician Associate degree program? Most students will typically complete the Medical Assistant Technician associate degree program in about a year and a half. However, your actual time will vary depending on your academic progress, success, the number of courses you take and other factors.
  5. What should I look for in a top school for Medical Assistant Technician training? Consider your options carefully by ensuring your school is accredited to ensure the program meets generally accepted academic standards. Look for a school that fits your schedule, work-life balance, and can provide you the support you need such as tutoring and career services. And finally, find out if your school will prepare you for taking any necessary certifications as well as cover those exam costs.
  6. What is the internship for the Medical Assistant Technician training? Toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in a real healthcare setting with professional supervision. Before beginning an internship, you will be required to have a physical and obtain proof that all of your immunizations are current.
  7. What is the certification exam in the Medical Assistant Technician program? Upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek the following certifications to demonstrate your mastery of the course material:
    • The Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant (NRCMA) exam, administered by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP)
    • The Nationally Registered Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NRCPT), administered by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP)
    • The Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS), administered by the National Health Association (NHA)
    • You will also be eligible to obtain your CPR certification  The cost of the certifications are included in your program at IMBC.
Graduates of this program are prepared to seek entry-level employment as a Medical Assistant Technician in the following types of organizations:
  • Hospitals
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient care centers
Some medical internship and employer sites may require a criminal background check prior to attending the internship site or gaining employment. Please speak with your admissions representative prior to enrolling in this program if a background check presents an obstacle for you. Students may need to relocate to obtain gainful employment. Students are encouraged to take a certification exam upon the successful completion of their program. The cost of the professional certification exam is included in you program. Certification exams are not required for employment; however, employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Education3, it is expected that 184,600 new jobs in this field will be created between 2016 and 2026. As of 2016, there were approximately 634,400 people employed in this field.
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  1. This figure represents the typical length a program takes to complete. However, your actual program completion time may vary based upon your academic progress, course progression and any breaks.
  2. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
  3. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm