Medical assistants perform a variety of duties to assist healthcare professionals including scheduling appointments, taking vital signs, succinctly conveying ideas and information to patients. People who work in this field should be good listeners, be able to handle stress, and excel at thinking clearly on the fly.

Career Details


Students in are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Preparing treatment rooms for patient examinations, and keeping the rooms neat and clean
  • Interviewing patients to obtain medical information and measuring their vital signs, weight, and height
  • Assisting physicians during patient exams
  • Recording patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records
  • Using emergency first aid

Career Options

Program graduates become clinical medical assistants, but some also go on to be phlebotomy technicians or EKG technicians. There are full-time and part-time opportunities.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Healthcare training program can earn nationally recognized credentials from the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and a state-issued credential/license.

Clinical Medical Assistant Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Concern for others
Following directions
Stress tolerance