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Medical Assistant

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.

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