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Health Professions Division

Medical Assistant


Medical assistants perform a variety of health-related tasks. We teach you basic skills in multiple areas of patient care. Clinical skills include using sterile technique and infection control, recording patient information, taking vital signs and preparing patients for examinations, collecting and processing specimens, and assisting with minor in-office surgeries. Administrative skills include scheduling patients, preparing and maintaining records, performing secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls, and writing correspondence. You learn overall assistance in all aspects of patient care under the physician's supervision.

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What do our students learn?

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed
  • Take the patient's vital signs
  • Arrange hospital admissions and lab services
  • Handle correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
  • Record medical history
  • Explain treatment procedures
  • Instruct patients about medication and special diets
  • Assign procedure and diagnosis codes to all clinical services

CEI Minimum Medical Assisting Expectations

  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Why Medical Assisting at CEI?

How Long Will it Take?

4 semesters + summer (2 years)

  • 2 full-time semesters in prerequisites
  • 2 full-time semesters in the professional program
  • 1 summer for clinical

Where Are our Graduates Working?

  • Special care centers
  • Family medical offices
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Medical Billing Offices
  • Government departments

How much do our graduates make?

Over the last 5 years, our graduates started out averaging $21,632 to $33,280 a year (Based on a 2080 work year, wage information is given within the first year of employment).

Certification Exam

The certification exam passage rate for the 2017 CEI Medical Assisting graduates is 90.91%

Retention Rate

The retention rate of the 2017 Medical Assisting admission cohort(s) is 100%

Job Placement

The job placement rate for the 2018 Medical Assisting graduated is 91.67%





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