Medical Assisting Certificate Program

Medical assistants play an important role in health care services. This career is one that can provide both job security for years to come, as well as a sense of personal pride and satisfaction. As a medical assistant, you will be asked to fulfill the needs of patients, as well as the doctors assisting these patients. Some of these general duties include:

  • Updating patient records and the filing of forms
  • Answering of phones and the scheduling of appointments
  • Arranging and assisting on lab procedures for patients
  • Managing billing and bookkeeping
  • Acting as a liaison between the patient and doctor

Each healthcare setting will be different and may require additional tasks to be performed by their medical assistants. A more specified skill set may be required of a medical assistant who has earned a degree from an associate degree program, which is a separate program at Elmira Business Institute. Although rewarding, this particular career can also be very a demanding profession. The four attributes EBI considers necessary for a medical assistant consist of patience, problem solving, teamwork, and confidence. If you are interested, and feel you either share these characteristics or would like to improve on them, then a Medical Assistant career could definitely be for you!

Medical Assistant Certificate

Elmira Business Institute offers both a Medical Assisting Certificate Program, and a Medical Assistant Associate Degree program. The Certificate program takes only 12 months to complete. The medical assistant training received at Elmira Business Institute covers both administrative and clinical medical assisting. The Certificate Program’s courses provide accurate and relevant training that will directly translate to tasks that will be required of any prospective medical assistant. Receiving this career training will all be a great help when seeking job placement after the program is completed. The true benefit of the Medical Assistant Certificate program in Elmira, NY and Vestal, NY, however, is in fact the duration of the program, which, as stated earlier, takes only 12 months to complete. This allows you to enter the job market as soon as possible, and begin the steps to a medical assisting career.

Medical Assistant Job Outlook
Many positions in the healthcare industry are thriving at this point. The job outlook for the medical assistant profession appears to be in even higher demand. Unlike many other healthcare professions, medical assistants are not limited to one particular area or setting for seeking employment. Medical assistants are greatly needed in hospitals, doctors’ offices, ambulatory care centers, urgent care facilities, clinics, and even inpatient and outpatient facilities. The options for seeking employment and beginning your medical assisting career are promising. As evidence of this, the U.S. Department of Labor projects the medical assistant profession to be one of the fastest growing professions from 2012-2018. So don’t hesitate – get started on your training today with EBI’s Medical Assistant Certificate Program!

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How can I find out about this career?

For more information about a career in Medical Assisting, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website ( The Standard Occupational Code (SOC) for the career is 31-9092.00 and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for this program is 51.0801.01.

What is the total cost of the Medical Assisting Degree Program?

The total current tuition and fees for a student completing the program in normal time is $19,600.00 and the total additional cost for books and supplies is $2,500.00.

What percentages of graduates complete the program in the normal time frame as published in the catalog?

For students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, 4% completed in the published normal time frame. The total graduation rate as reported to U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for this period was 57%

What percentage of graduates found employment related to their field of study?

The most recent annual report to our accrediting agency, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), shows that 76% of graduates found employment related to their field of study.

How much student loan debt does a typical graduate have to repay after graduation?

• The median* loan debt for students who graduated between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 was $16,784.00 for public debt (Title IV loans).

*median debt represents the mid-point in a list of all students carrying debt

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