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Medical Assisting

Would you like to work with patients and become an important part of the medical team?

To learn more, call WVJC today or Request Information.

Registered Medical Assistants* are caring people who help patients feel better. If this sounds like you, medical assisting could be your dream career!

Become a Registered Medical Assistant and work with doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to help examine and treat patients. Earn your associate degree or a diploma in a matter of months!


In this program you will learn how to:

  • Take a patient's vital signs (such as blood pressure, temperature, and pulse)
  • Assist a doctor or nurse with physical exams
  • Check a patient's vision
  • Collect medical specimens
  • Check a patient's blood-sugar level
  • Perform certain lab tests
  • Draw a patient's blood
  • Sterilize medical equipment to kill germs
  • Assist with minor surgeries
  • Give injections (shots)
  • Do certain heart tests
  • Prepare basic medications
  • Understand medical terms
  • Understand patient privacy issues

With your Associate Degree, you could become a:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Lab Assistant
  • ECG Technician
  • Unit Clerk
  • Sterile Processing Assistant
  • Clinical Associate

Associate degree students will also learn medical administration:

  • Medical office management
  • Medical insurance processing
  • Electronic health records
  • Computer and software usage
  • “I really wanted to be in a school where I could matter, where I could achieve, where somebody could care about me. I believe at WVJC that you have that there.”

  • “You're not thrown a bunch of classes that you dont need. Everything pertains to the field that you're going into.”

Externships and Certifications

At WVJC, we know your goal is to get in to your dream career fast. We've designed our Medical Assisting program to meet your career goals and the needs of local employers. Experience and certifications are a great way to improve your marketability to employers.

As one of our Medical Assisting students you will complete an externship as part of your program. This on-the-job training allows you to apply the skills you've learned in the real world with real people. This experience is invaluable and also allows you to showcase your skills to employers in your area who hire medical assistants.

Not only does our Medical Assisting program prepare you to be job ready, but it's also designed to prepare you for certification exams which can strengthen your appeal in the job market. Some of the certifications our students can choose to take include:

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Certified EKC/ECG Technician
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician

Registered Medical Assistants are an important part of the medical team. You'll dress in a medical uniform, have a career you love and be able to achieve financial security. To learn more about the program, call WVJC today or Request Information.

*Our program meets the standards of the American Registry of Medical Assistant (ARMA). Therefore, upon graduation our Medical Assistants are eligible to become Registered Medical Assistants. Applicants must complete required paperwork and remit the associated fees.