Find out the basics about this career training program and see if it’s for you
The medical assistant training program at the Salter School can be a terrific option if you’re interested in healthcare. Read our answers to these frequently asked questions to get a sense of whether this career path might be something you’d like to pursue.
What does a medical assisting training program teach?
The Salter School’s medical assistant program provides training in the basic areas you’d need for an entry-level position in a medical office. This includes a background in:
- patient care procedures and theory
- medical office administration
- communication skills.
What kind of courses would I take?
Typical courses include subjects like medical terminology, clinical procedures, computerized billing, and pharmacology.
Will I get any on-the-job experience in the training?
Yes. After you complete your coursework, you’d undertake an externship at a local healthcare facility. This is a chance to put the skills you’ve been learning to the test in a real medical environment, and it can provide valuable experience.
How long does the program take?
Dedicated students—who take courses during the day, attend all classes, and pass exams—can usually complete the program in 37.5 weeks. That’s less than 10 months! This means you could be pursuing a job as a medical assistant less than one year from now.
Do you offer night classes?
We do offer night courses three nights each the week, but the training will take longer (56.5 weeks, or just over a year). This can be a good option if you plan to continue to work during the day. Once you’re finished with your coursework, you will have an externship that may require daytime hours.
What do I need to apply?
If you have a high school diploma or GED (or equivalent), you are eligible to apply.
What is the application process like?
Simply reach out to us or stop by our admissions department to fill out an application. You may also complete the application during your admissions review.
What support do you offer your students?
We want to see our students succeed in the professional healthcare community. Our Career Services Department can help you with your job search when you have completed the program. Our advisors can also help you to network, prepare your resume, and practice interviewing.
Is financial aid available?
You can apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at any time. If you have questions about filling out this application, contact our Financial Aid Advisors for help. If it turns out you aren’t eligible for financial aid, we can help you figure out other options, such as payment plans. We want to support you in planning your career as a medical assistant.
Where are the Salter School campuses?
We offer professional medical assistant programs at our campuses in Malden and Fall River, Mass.
We hope this information was helpful to you as you’re considering a career as a medical assistant. For more information about our training programs, contact us. We hope you’ll consider the Salter School as you prepare for your next professional move.