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Medical Assistant School Training Program Overview

  • 771-hour (8-month/32-week) Diploma Program
  • Flexible class schedules available
  • Learn how to work as a MA using ACI’s real clinic setting
  • Graduate with up to 4 valuable
    Medical Assistant certifications here!
  • Receive hands on training such as Learning EKGs
  • Learn about centrifuge used in phlebotomy
  • Learn how to become a phlebotomist in a real phlebotomy room setting
  • Learn how to measure vitals such as blood pressure

Medical Assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals that demonstrate proficiency in entry-level ambulatory health care settings. A Medical Assistant will perform both administrative and clinical roles while assisting physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals. 

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Become a Medical Assistant

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At ACI, no shortcuts are taken and within our 8-month (32-week) program we take the time to ensure that when hired, our students on day one will not only know their way around a medical office, but will be confident, and understand the language and tools to ensure their future employees are satisfied with their skills and work ethic, while making patients feel safe and comfortable with the quality and care they have received from ACI trained professionals.

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Check out what our students have to say about the Medical Assistant program.

Why choose Austin Career Institute for your Medical Assistant Certification
Why choose Austin Career Institute for your Medical Assistant Training

Learn more about the future Medical Assistant job outlook and salary for our area


Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent in the next 8 years, much faster than average for all occupations and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in Texas the average salary for Medical Assistants is…

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Find out if you are eligible for Financial Aid


Your Medical Assistant training tuition could be offset by a grant, federal student aid or other sources of assistance. The United States government offers more than $100 billion dollars in federal student aid funding to cover tuition, books, materials, and other coursework necessities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a Medical Assistant?

Attend an Accredited program at a trade school that includes an externship. Upon completion, graduate after passing the national test provided by NAHP before seeking your first position as a Medical Assistant!

How long is Medical Assistant school?

A good program length is 8 months long and includes an externship, where you will get the important, hands-on experience in the real world. A good Medical Assistant program can be blended with both in person and online training. But overall, do not cut corners with short training programs that will leave you with only the most basic skills in healthcare.

What will I learn as a Medical Assistant student?

You will learn anatomy and physiology, how to take vital signs, injections, drawing blood (venipunctures), billing and coding, performing ECG’s, medical law and ethics, medical records and chart documentation,urinalysis, patient education, infection control, microbiology and disease, assisting with minor surgery, patient interview, assisting with all medical specialties, & patient safety, just to name a few. Graduate as a Medical Assistant with a EKG, Phlebotomy and Administration certificate at the same time by taking multiple tests.

Is this MA program available in Spanish?

This MA program is not available in Spanish at this time. The certification exam is only offered in English. However there are ESL classes available that can help refresh your English skills and many classes are offered at little or no cost in the area and online.

Am I qualified for financial aid?

You might qualify for financial aid! To qualify for Federal Financial aid you must first apply for it using the FAFSA application. The application is based on household size, income, and citizenship status. The great news is that we can assist you through the entire process.

How soon can I get a job in the healthcare field?

You can get a job in the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant as soon as you complete the program and graduate. Most employers also want you to have a MA certification in addition to the diploma.

How much do Medical Assistants make?

Pay and salary are based mainly on qualifications and experience. Generally, the more skilled you are and how long you have been working in the field will determine your rate of pay.
Please view this link to see the current salary range for a Medical Assistant. Your ability to earn top dollar will depend on the market, and the wages at the time you hit the workforce.

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical Assistants record patient history and personal information, measure vital signs, such as blood pressure, assist physicians with patient exams, give injections as directed by physician, schedule patient appointments,prepare blood samples for lab testing, enter patient information into medical records, billing and coding, schedule lab tests or radiology exams.

Where can a Medical Assistant make the most money?

The opportunity to earn a higher wage comes with your education, experience and level of customer service and professionalism. If you are a triple threat, you get your Medical Assistant Certification, your EKG certification and your Phlebotomy Certification you stand a stronger chance of raising your earning potential.

How do I prepare for a Medical Assistant interview?

A good Medical Assistant school will offer a Career Services Department, and Student Success Department to help you with your resume building and interview process. You should also have mock interviews in class with your instructors as well as soft skills training.

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