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Medical Assistant School Courses at Westwood CollegeMedical professionals can provide care that makes a difference in the life of each and every patient. Earning a degree in medical assisting can train you for a career in the fast-paced field of healthcare. An associate degree in medical assisting from Westwood College prepares you to assist doctors and nurses in a variety of medical facilities. Learn from faculty members with years of experience in hands-on courses that help you develop the real-world skills required in the medical field.

Program features include:

  • a 165-hour externship during which students will use acquired skills in a medical facility
  • general education courses in the program help students apply skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving in a medical office environment
  • courses covering both the front- and back-office functions of the medical field
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*Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.


  • Course Info

    An associate degree in medical assisting opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Patient Relations
    • Phlebotomy
    • Medical Terminology
    • Principles of Patient Care
    • Minor Surgical and Specialty Procedures
    • Medical Insurance and Administrative Procedures

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Describe the terminology and procedures involved in patient care and healthcare delivery
    • Exhibit competence in clinical and administrative duties as a medical assistant
    • Demonstrate standard safety practices and procedures
    • Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and providers
    • Demonstrate competence in cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills related to medical assisting
    • Perform medical assisting competencies within legal and ethical boundaries
    • Apply critical thinking skills in a medical office environment 

    Locations offering this degree:*

    California
    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Georgia
    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    Colorado
    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO
    Denver South Campus - Denver, CO

    Virginia
    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA
    Arlington Ballston Campus - Arlington, VA

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your medical assisting associate degree take you?

    Our medical assisting provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in medical assisting. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at some of the career fields that may be available to graduates with a medical assisting associate degree from Westwood College.*

    • Medical assisting*
    • Patient care
    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary.  Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Medical assisting Graduates for careers with employers such as:

    COLORADO REGION

    • Cherry Creek Medical Weight Loss
    • Colorado Pulmonary Diseases
    • Denver Endocrinology
    • Guardian Health Care
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Littleton Pediatrics
    • St. Joseph's Hospital/Cardiology
    • Sunrise Senior Living
    • UNC Student Health Center

    GEORGIA REGION

    • Alliance Family Care Covington
    • Center for Pediatric Wellness
    • Ear Consultants of Georgia
    • EFB Adult Day Care
    • Georgia Cancer Specialist
    • Jonesboro Pediatrics
    • Healthcare Labs
    • Northeast Georgia Medical Center
    • Regency Hospital
    • Southern Spine Institute
    • Vitas Innovative Hospice

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as median loan debt and potential occupations listed by the Department of Education, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.