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Medical Assistant

Become an integral member of a medical team.

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. A medical assistant takes vital signs, prepares patients for and assists physicians during examinations, collects and prepares laboratory specimens, performs basic laboratory tests on the premises, schedules appointments, bills patients, fills out insurance forms, and much more.

Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree programs prepare students to enter the high-demand field of healthcare and to work in a variety of settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other professional healthcare facilities. Graduates are prepared to meet both the clinical and administrative challenges of today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This is accomplished by providing curriculum relating to patient care skills, general study, and administrative/business skills.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program is an extension of the career-track Certificate program.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA)
  • Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA)

Students gain experience in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Clinical procedures such as electrocardiography (EKG), venipuncture, and specimen collection
  • Medical office administration
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology and human diseases

The Medical Assistant Certificate is designed to be completed in 45 weeks.

For more information regarding the Medical Assistant programs or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

Benefit from a Medical Assistant degree or certificate:

  • A strong foundation in both the theory and practice of clinical care
  • Hands-on learning in on-site medical laboratories that simulate the clinical environment
  • Instruction in the use of relevant medical devices and software
  • Valuable, practical experience through a program-related, faculty-monitored practicum

Certification

The Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of CAAHEP-accredited Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA) exam. The CMA (AAMA) designation is a national credential awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), indicating that the Medical Assistant meets certain standards of competence as determined by the AAMA. Although certification is not required to work in most states, employers prefer to hire certified Medical Assistants. In the State of New Jersey, Medical Assistants who hold the CMA (AAMA) credential are permitted to administer injections.

As reported on the 2018 Annual Report for the MAERB, the examination pass rate for individuals who graduated during calendar year 2016 was 85 percent, which far exceeds the 60 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB.

Graduates of Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant program who were admitted into the program in calendar year 2016 were satisfied with the level of education they received, as the 2018 Annual Report indicated a 99.09 percent graduate survey satisfaction rate Employers also were satisfied with the graduates they hired as indicated by the 88.1 percent survey satisfaction rate. These rates far exceed the 80 percent threshold set forth by the MAERB.

Program Locations: 

Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.) is offered in: Newark, Woodbridge, Woodland Park

Medical Assistant Certificate Program This program is offered in: Newark, Woodbridge, Woodland Park

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Frequently Asked Questions: Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant programs are designed to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. This is accomplished by providing curriculum relating to patient care skills, general study, and administrative/business skills.

Students in the programs gain experience in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Clinical procedures such as electrocardiography (EKG), venipuncture, and specimen collection
  • Medical office administration
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology and human diseases

Graduates are prepared to meet both the clinical and administrative challenges of today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The Associate in Applied Science degree program is an extension of the career-track Certificate program.

Graduates of the Medical Assistant programs are eligible to sit for a variety of certification examinations, including:

  • Certified Medical Assistant - CMA (AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant - RMA (AMT)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - CCMA (NHA)
  • Certified Electrocardiography - CET (NHA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy - CPT (NHA)
  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - BLS (AHA)

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is a basic requirement for admission to degree and certificate programs. In evaluating candidates, the Committee on Admissions takes into consideration your individual interests, your motivation to succeed in a chosen profession, and prior academic achievement. Basic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent and an entrance exam or SAT/ACT scores. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes. 

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

No. The Medical Assistant programs are only offered at the campuses in Newark, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

Berkeley College’s Medical Assistant Certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree programs prepare students to enter the high-demand field of healthcare and to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals and other professional healthcare facilities

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