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Medical Assistant Overview

Find your future in the healthcare field in one year! CVTC’s Medical Assistant program allows you to earn your technical diploma and start your career quickly! As a medical assistant, you will help physicians by providing patient care, obtaining vital signs, and assisting with examinations and minor office surgery. Medical assistants also administer injectable medications and perform basic diagnostic testing.

In CVTC’s Medical Assistant program, you will learn:

  • Administrative tasks
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Billing and coding procedures 
  • EKGs, injections, and wound care
  • Vital signs and assisting with examinations
  • Phlebotomy skills
  • Specimen collections
  • Basic laboratory testing
  • Electronic health record

The medical assistant classes will enhance your communication skills to prepare you for patient interaction.

The program will include a clinical practicum during the second term where students will perform medical assistant administrative, clinical, and laboratory duties under the supervision of trained mentors to effectively transition to the role of a medical assistant.

Career Opportunities

Central Supply Facilitator

Clinical Director

Health Assistant

Medical Assistant

Patient Services Representative

Perioperative Assistant

Graduate Employers


Marshfield Clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System

Mile Bluff Clinic

Prevea Health

Western Wisconsin Urology

Just the Facts

Medical Assistant
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

Start Months //
August and January

Start Dates //
August and January

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1



Term 2






 Estimated Total: $6,389

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Medical Assistant program.

Medical Assistant Lab Procedures 1
Students perform routine laboratory procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory care setting.

Medical Assistant Clinical Procedures 1
Students perform basic examining room skills including screening, vital signs, patient history, minor surgery, and patient preparation for routine and specialty exams in the ambulatory care setting.

Medical Office Insurance & Finance
Students perform bookkeeping procedures, apply managed care guidelines, and complete insurance claim forms. Students use medical coding and managed care terminology to perform insurance-related duties.

Medical Assistant Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


58% of our recent Medical Assistant graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Medical Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $29,882.


Regional Jobs

There are 166 job openings in the CVTC district for the Medical Assistant industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

Program is taught very well by great instructors who are willing to go above and beyond to help students achieve their goals. Had a wonderful experience. Highly recommend the program!

Travis, Medical Assistant Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Dental Assistant, Technical Diploma

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate Degree

Lab Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate Degree

Surgical Technology, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation


As a graduate of the program, you are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistant national certification exam. Upon successful completion of this test, you can use the title Certified Medical Assistant [CMA (AAMA)]. The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 9355 113th St N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775 | Phone: 727-210-2350 | View accreditation information.