Medical Assistant


Medical Assistants are essential team members at physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities across the United States.  Often, they are the first team members you meet when you walk into an office and interact with you at every step of your visit:

  • Medical Assistants answer the phone and greet patients
  • Medical Assistants schedule appointments
  • Medical Assistants draw blood
  • Medical Assistants update medical records and take patient history
  • Medical Assistants perform EKGs, take patients vitals…

…and that’s just the short list.

In short: Medical Assistants are the face of many medical establishments.

This flexibility and range of skills is why working as a Medical Assistant has been starred as one of the fastest growing jobs through 2022 by the U.S. government (BLS, accessed 5/23/14:

We invite you to take advantage of this growing field and apply to MPI’s Medical Assistant Program.  MPI is accredited by ABHES and our Medical Assistant program will train you for work in this field through:

  • Small class sizes with an emphasis on practical application
  • Balancing classroom training with real-world experience – our graduates have 240 hours of practical externship experience under their belt when they graduate!
  • Affiliation Agreements with world-class medical facilities for externships
  • Eligibility to sit for certification exams (AAMA and AMT)– our graduates are qualified to sit for exams immediately after completing the program
  • Affiliation with Bay State College for continuing education
  • Financial Aid is available for those who qualify

Click through these tabs to learn more about eligibility and information on our Medical Assistant course.

Our Medical Assistant course consists of 6 months of class Monday through Friday followed by a 240 hour externship. Externship hours (240) are completed after coursework is completed. Coursework takes approximately six (6) months. Externship time will vary based on site and student request. Minimum requirements are 25 hours per week and maximum are 40 hours per week. Approximated time for course completion is nine (9) months.

Course Outline

In the MPI Medical Assistant Program, you will complete courses in:

  • Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Clinical Medical Assisting
  • Physician’s Office Laboratory Testing
  • Pharmacology
  • And more

By the time our students graduate, they will have experienced 355 hours of classroom learning, 135 laboratory hours, and 240 externship hours.

Externship hours (240) are completed after coursework is completed. Coursework takes approximately six (6) months. Externship time will vary based on site and student request. Minimum requirements are 25 hours per week and maximum are 40 hours per week. Approximated time for course completion is nine (9) months.

How to Apply

Ready to apply to MPI’s Medical Assistant Program?  Here’s how to apply:

Additional Information

Students applying for enrollment into the Medical Assistant or Phlebotomy & EKG Technician programs must submit the following within the timeframes specified:

Prior to acceptance, applicants must:

  • Take and receive a minimum score of 70% on the Pre-Application Assessment
  • Submit a completed application form including personal statement with appropriate fee
  • Complete and sign a Record Release Authorization Form
  • Have an interview with an Admissions Representative and/or other administrative staff member
  • Receive an Institute Catalog
  • Ready to start at MPI? Click here to find out what documents you will need to bring with you!

To complete the enrollment process, accepted students must:

  • Complete and sign an Enrollment Agreement
  • Give permission for a criminal offender record information (CORI) check
  • Attend an orientation

At orientation, accepted students must:

  • Complete and sign a Statement of General Health
  • Complete and sign Behavioral/Technical Standards Form
  • Complete and sign a Handbook Signature Page

The following documents are strongly recommended to be submitted prior to starting classes, but must be submitted within 30 days from the start of classes:

  • Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent (GED) (if received outside of the United States,diploma and/or transcript must be submitted with an official translation into English)
  • A recent physical examination record from a medical doctor/health care provider stating the physical capability of the applicant to perform the tasks of a health care provider, including immunizations required by the Massachusetts Department of Health – form will be provided to all accepted students (vaccination/immunization may be submitted directly from the doctor/health care provider separately from the form provided as long as all record elements are provided)


Career Outlook

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States.  According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the field of Medical Assisting will grow nearly 30% by 2022, which is well above the average job growth rate.  The career outlook for Medical Assistants is very positive.

This increase is partially fueled by the aging baby boomer population.  As one of the largest generations in recent history, the sheer number of baby boomers (those born after World War II and before 1964) will require more medical facilities to be opened or expand over the next decade to accommodate their medical needs. (BLS, accessed 5/30/14:

Each one of these new or expanding facilities will require more Medical Assistants to help with a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Laboratory specimen collection and processing
  • Blood collection (phlebotomy)
  • Vital sign monitoring and charting
  • EKG testing
  • Collection of patient histories and maintenance of medical records
  • Additional administrative or specialty-specific skills

Financial Outlook for Medical Assistants

Across the United States, Medical Assistants make an average of $14.12/hour or $29,370 per year (BLS, accessed 5/30/14: This amount can vary depending on any specialty, geographic region, or facility size.

Where Medical Assistants Work

Across the United States, more than half of all Medial Assistants worked in physician’s offices (BLS, accessed 5/30/14:

They also work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Group-practice facilities
  • Clinics
  • Research centers
  • Laboratories
  • Specialized care centers

Job Placement Assistance

MPI assists students in seeking employment in their new career field.  The Career Services Coordinator provides assistance with resumes, interview tips and job searching.  Also, graduates have the option to seek employment with Medical Professional Staffing (MPS), an employment agency specializing in the placement of medical staff in health care facilities including physicians’ offices, clinics and hospitals.  Job placement is not guaranteed, however MPI will put forward its best effort to help graduates find employment.

Graduate Spotlights

“I am so grateful for everyone at MPI for where I am at now.”

My name is Rebecca, as I came across this school I didn’t look any further into any others because of the fact that no other schools are accredited like this one, nor will you find a school quite like this one.  My experience at MPI was awesome, from the time I started, from the time I walked out the doors.  The teachers, the billing staff, the academic staff are all focused on one goal and that is making you excel 100% … The teachers and staff always made themselves available for their students and always had an ear open for a problem or issue.  This school is a great allied health oriented knowledgeable group of staff who will get you where you want to be.  With huge support and friendly people to make you succeed, MPI is where you need to be to get your education. I am so grateful for everyone at the school for where I am at now.

At Medical Professional Institute it was very rewarding for me; all my teachers were extremely helpful in aiding me toward success.  They all took extra time out to help me out and answer all and any questions I had.  All of the staff at MPI was very kind and very patient and took time and listened to me.  The class sizes were small which was very good because the teachers had one on one time with each one of the students to help us learn the subject at hand that day.

I am currently working as a Medical Assistant at a Cardiology office; I am doing so much in my career and so much with my skills that I learned all at Medical Professional Institute.  I do everything from rooming patients, basic vital signs, injections, holter moniters, EKG’s, computer software, device hookups (pacemakers), etc. Look no further than Medical Professional Institute, because they are the absolute best!!!! – Rebecca Devine


“I loved everyday I spent at MPI…Thanks again for changing my life!”

After completing the Phlebotomy program the year before, I decided to go back to school with the help of the Phlebotomy to Medical Assistant scholarship offered to alumni by MPI. I am so glad I made that decision.  In less than a year I had a new career in a doctor’s office doing something I love!  The classes were challenging and interesting. I actually looked forward to going to class each day.  I loved every day I spent at MPI and actually miss going to the school. Fortunately I still keep in touch with the instructors.

Having a 240 hour externship after completion of the classes seemed long at first, but was a definite plus.  Other schools only require 160 hours, but the added hours that MPI required ensured that I received all the experience I needed to be confident when I started looking for a job.  As a matter of fact, for me, it was like having a “try out” for what would eventually become my new job.  My externship site was very impressed with the great base of knowledge I had from taking the classes and the 240 hours I spent with them was all they needed to see that hiring an MPI student was a great decision.  I was so flattered and of course accepted the position!

MPI prepared me to take the AAMA exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant once I had completed class time and externship.  I took and passed the exam on the first try.

Thanks MPI, again, for changing my life! – Patti Gray CMA, RPT


“MPI believed in me and made me the MA I am today”

My name is Amanda and I did the Medical Assistant program.  I absolutely loved it, I met great people, the professors are so helpful, and admin staffs were always helpful too.  If anyone feels like they can’t do this, think again.  I had a 7-month-old who is now almost 2-when I started this school and I finished, with good grades. Luckily I had the support of my boyfriend and family to help me.

After I finished my program I was sent on my externship at Hallmark Health.  And I was lucky enough to be offered a full time position!  I am now a full time Medical Assistant, and now I’m starting nursing school in September.  Just always believe in yourself, I can admit I struggled in the beginning but just focus as best as you can and use the support of people around you.

Thank you MPI for believing in me and making me the MA I am today. I’m forever grateful. – Amanda O’Toole