Prepare: Medical Assistant
Medical Assistant Courses
How can I access this resource?
A limited number of Coursera enrollments are available for New Yorkers who qualify.
Coursera courses are provided through the NYS Department of Labor and are available at no-cost to unemployed and dislocated workers impacted by COVID-19.
A “dislocated worker” is someone who lost their job due to one of the following situations:
- You were terminated or laid off from your job, are eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, and are identified by us as unlikely to return to your previous industry or occupation.
- You lost your job as a result of a plant closing or substantial layoff.
- You have been unemployed for a long time and are unlikely to get another job in the same or similar occupation.
- You were self-employed and are unemployed due to general economic conditions or a natural disaster.
You may also be considered a dislocated worker if you have been away from the labor force for many years. For example: you were a full-time homemaker and you must now return to the labor force because you have lost your source of income.
You must also meet the following additional requirements to qualify for a Coursera enrollment:
- Live in New York City
- Are 18 years of age or older
- Have access to the internet
- Have access to a computer or smart device
What will I learn?
- Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare: This course will introduce you to healthcare professions and help you map a path towards a health career. The course will also provide an introduction to crafting your resume and cover letter.
- Clinical Terminology: This course will help you develop a better understanding of common terms and abbreviations used by healthcare providers in hospitals and healthcare settings. You will learn about acronyms used when discussing bodily systems, patient vital signs and medical history, laboratory tests, and electronic medical records.
- Introductory Human Physiology: This course will help you understand the basic concepts of the human body’s various organ systems: cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, and urinary systems.
What do I need?
A desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device with internet to access training courses. No prior experience in healthcare is required.
How long will this take?
Courses vary in length from 15-30 hours. You do not need to complete all three courses nor do you need to complete these courses to apply for an Individual Training Grant (ITG). These optional introductory courses will expose you to key concepts that are covered in more depth during a typical medical assistant training.
- Career 911: Your Future Job in Medicine and Healthcare: 15 hours
- Clinical Terminology: 15 hours
- Introductory Human Physiology: 27 hours
What can I do after completing these courses?
After completing these courses, you are encouraged to register for services with our Workforce1 Career Centers and meet with a Career Advisor to see if you’re a good fit for Medical Assistant Training with an Individual Training Grant.
How do I apply?
Please complete the enrollment form below to receive access to the training courses.