Looking for a New Career? Consider a Medical Assistant Program

A one-year program can train you for entry level positions in this career field

Are you looking to start a new career? Becoming a medical assistant may be a job field that is within your reach. At the Branford Hall Career Institute, we offer medical assistant training for adult students throughout four states in New England. Find out the answers to our frequently asked questions:

What does a Medical Assistant Do?
Medical assistants are important to the field of healthcare. Their job is to assist doctors by getting patients ready for their appointments. They check in patients, measure their vital signs, and take their medical histories. They may also handle office responsibilities such as scheduling appointments and processing health insurance claims. Most medical assistants work in doctors’ offices, but some also work in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.

How much do Medical Assistants make?
Medical assistant jobs are entry level jobs. To get an idea of the type of income you could expect in this field, visit the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. There’s a section that talks about how much medical assistants make. Keep in mind that these are median figures across the entire country.

How do I become a Medical Assistant?
You will need to enroll in a Medical Assistant training program. Most programs, including the one here at Branford Hall Career Institute, require you to have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Once in our program, you will take courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and other medical subjects. In addition, you will have hands-on practice learning the practical skills you will need in this field, such as:

  • How to take blood pressure
  • How to measure other vital signs
  • How to draw blood
  • How to administer injections

How long does the training program take?
There’s great news for people who want to pursue this career. Most training programs can be completed in less than one year. That’s a short amount of time to get trained for a new career field!

Should I become a medical assistant?
Your career choice is an important decision in your life. Medical assisting may or may not be a good fit for you. You want to find a career field that is a good match with your strengths and interests. Take some time to read more about this career to determine whether it feels right for you.

Is there a Medical Assistant school near me?
The Branford Hall Career Institute offers medical assistant training at 9 campuses in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Visit our locations page to see if we have a program near you.

How do I enroll at Branford Hall Career Institute?
Our application process is easy! To get started, fill out our online form, and a representative will be in touch with you shortly. We hope you choose Branford Hall for your future career path!