Drake State’s Medical Assisting Technology (MAT) associate degree program prepares students for rewarding careers in patient care. Medical assistants help physicians with a wide variety of patient care tasks and can work in physician offices, minor emergency centers, and other free-standing outpatient medical and health clinics.
Students will learn how to:
- Perform patient physical assessments
- Take and record medical histories and vital signs
- Administer medications and treatments
- Assist with diagnostic procedures including electrocardiograms
- Perform venipuncture
- Interpret basic laboratory results
- Provide patient education
- Manage a clinic or physician office
- And many other skills
Medical assistant earnings
Students in the Medical Assistant program must develop excellent communication skills and respect the confidential nature of medical information. Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity and visual acuity.
According to Lightcast Economic Modeling, the median salary for a medical assisting career is $30,275.
Note: Salary ranges can vary widely depending on location and many other important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.