Train: Medical Assistant

Train: Medical Assistant

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What will I learn?

Medical assistant training programs are designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to perform the clinical and administrative functions of an entry-level medical assistant like scheduling appointments, updating patient medical records, collecting patient vital signs, and performing electrocardiograms and phlebotomy under the supervision of a physician or nurse.

Medical assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, such as doctor’s offices, urgent care centers, and other ambulatory care facilities.

Depending on your training provider, medical assistant training may be delivered remotely, in-person, or a hybrid. Some training providers require an internship/externship which may be in person.

What do I need?

You will need a computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device with internet service in order to participate in virtual training.

How long will this take?

The length of each program depends of the training provider you select. The average time to complete a medical assistant training is five to nine months.

How can I access this resource?

Please explore and prepare for this career before beginning this step.

Individual Training Grants (ITGs) can be used to cover the cost of tuition, registration fees, testing fees, and books for medical assistant training programs offered by eligible providers across New York City.

Register with our Workforce1 Career Centers and connect with a Career Advisor to begin the application process. The Career Advisor will work with you to determine whether you are a good fit for a Medical Assistant ITG. Career Advisors can also recommend alternative options.

The ITG application process is selective, and includes an online application, skill test, interview, and selecting a training provider and training course through the New York City Training Guide.

ITG Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be 18+ years of age or older
  • Be a New York City resident and eligible to work in the United States
  • Have a High School diploma or equivalency (GED/HSED)
  • Minimum 1-year previous healthcare work experience, for example as a Medical Receptionist, Medical Scribe, Patient Service Representative, Home Health Aide, or Direct Service Professional
  • Seeking employment, or if currently employed must earn less than $63,928 per year
  • Available to work immediately after training and willing to report job placement to Workforce1

What can I do after completing this training?

After successfully passing the certification exams for medical assisting, Workforce1 Career Center staff can help you identify and apply for entry-level employment opportunities. Graduates receive job placement assistance, career counseling, and resume and interview support.

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