FAQs about the Medical Assisting Profession

Training as a medical assistant could be a good fit for you. If you’re thinking about training as a medical assistant, you might have a lot of questions about the training and what life as a medical assistant is like. This is a job that requires a commitment to patient care and can involve clinical work (with patients) as well as administrative duties (in an office setting).

To help you decide if this would be a good profession for you, we’ve provided answers to some of the questions that people commonly ask us about our program.

What responsibilities do medical assistants perform?

The number-one responsibility of a medical assistant is patient care, but the job also involves a variety of other tasks. In smaller offices, there may be some crossover between the roles of administrative assistants and medical assistants. In larger hospitals and clinics, the roles may be much more separated. Every practice will have its own way of doing things, and the responsibilities will differ depending on the needs of your employer. Read more about a day in the life of a medical assistant.

Where do medical assistants work?

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “In 2014, more than half of all medical assistants worked in physicians’ offices.” However, medical assistants can work anywhere a healthcare practitioner needs support, including hospitals, outpatient care centers, medical research centers, diagnostic labs, insurance companies, and assisted living or long-term residential care centers.

How long does it take to become a medical assistant?

The length of time it takes to train depends on how the program is structured. With an accelerated program like the one at Salter College, you can complete your classes in just 9 to 12 months. That’s a relatively short investment of time to gain marketable skills in a new career field.

Are career prospects good?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

How do I get started?

Applying to Salter College is easy! To begin the application process, all you need is a high school diploma or equivalent. It’s a great career choice if you love working with people and have a passion for healthcare. Contact us for more information about applying. We look forward to helping you on your path towards a meaningful new career!


This post is part of the Salter College weekly blog. We’re dedicated to supporting our students in striving to attain their professional goals. Find out how to apply to our various career training programs, or request more information. We look forward to hearing from you!