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Medical Assisting

The care provided by medical professionals makes a difference in the life of each patient they treat. A Medical Assisting degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in the dynamic healthcare industry.

Through career-focused, hands-on courses and a real-world externship, Mayfield's Medical Assisting program will give you the skills and training you’ll need to support the doctors and nurses of a medical facility and help them provide quality healthcare to their patients.

Program features include:

  • Coursework that prepares you for Medical Assistant certifications.*
  • An externship providing you with hands-on job training.
  • Courses focusing on both front and back office functions of the medical field.

*Core classes prepare students for the industry-relevant certification tests that graduates must take and pass. The cost of one exam attempt per program approved certification is included in your tuition and fees.

Our Medical Assisting program helps prepare you to manage a variety of clinical and administrative tasks to keep healthcare offices running smoothly.

Here are some things you may do:*
  • Take and record vital signs and medical histories
  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, administer tests and perform medical procedures
  • Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens and prepare them for testing

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, at (visited April 12, 2023).

Whether you are looking for the fast-paced energy of a large hospital or the personal attention of managing a doctor's office, the demand for Medical Assistants is growing fast and there are many career options to choose from.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Medical Assistant employment growth of 16% from 2021-2031*
  • In California, jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to increase by 20% between 2020 and 2030**
  • Medical Assistant is listed as one of the "100 Best Jobs of 2023" by the US News & World Report

Here are some of the places you may work:
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Outpatient care centers
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Offices of other healthcare practitioners
  • And more!

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, at (visited April 12, 2023). These employment projections are provided for informational purposes only and may not reflect actual job demand in any particular field or region.

** National Center for O*NET Development. California Employment Trends: 31-9092.00 - Medical Assistants. O*NET OnLine. Retrieved April 19, 2023, from