Texas Community Colleges

 Medical/Clinical Assistant Program

Program Overview

The Medical/Clinical Assistant Program trains students to perform a variety of tasks in a health-care setting. These tasks may include:

  • Scheduling appointments and patient processing 
  • Updating patient medical records
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Taking medical histories
  • Cleaning and preparing the examination room
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Collecting lab specimens
  • Assisting with the physical examination
  • Administering injections and medications

 Degrees & Certificates Offered

The MCA department offers two routes to provide you with the education and training you need to begin your career.

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant Level II Certificate

Upon completion of either route, students will be able to make an application to take the certification exam with American Medical Technologist to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

 Job Outlook

Medical/Clinical Assistants are expected to have excellent job prospects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, employment of Medical/Clinical Assistants is projected to grow 29 percent nationwide from 2016 to 2026. The projected growth in the State of Texas for the same period is estimated at 35.8%, much faster than average for all occupations.  Medical/Clinical Assistants are listed as a Demand Occupation in the Abilene Region of Texas and growth is projected to increase by 2.2% annually for the next seven years. Currently, Medical/Clinical Assistants in the Abilene Region have a median income of $28,660.

Take the Next Step

The Medical/Clinical Assistant Program is a Fall-entry application-based program with limited enrollment. View the course catalog to see more. For more information on applying to the program, please contact:

Laurie Roland
Medical Assistant Instructor
Bldg. 16 Rm. 101

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