High School Medical Assistant Programs
Is your student interested in a medical assistant program?
If you're looking for a high school medical program, a tuition-free* online Destinations Career Academy may be the right choice. Destinations combines traditional high school academics with career readiness education electives and many Destinations schools offer a pathway in medical assisting.
Destinations students in the medical assisting pathway develop the knowledge base and skills that entry-level medical assistants need to succeed.**
What do medical assistants do?
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, physician offices, and other health care facilities. Specific duties vary by facility depending on location, size, specialty, and state law.
Administrative duties may include responsibilities such as:
- Answering phones
- Welcoming patients
- Updating and filing patient medical records
- Coding and filling insurance forms
- Scheduling appointments
- Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
- Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
Clinical tasks could involve:
- Taking medical histories
- Explaining treatment procedures to patients
- Preparing patients for examination
- Assisting the physician during exams
- Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
- Instructing patients about medication and special diets
- Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
- Transmitting prescription refills as directed
What will my student learn in the medical assistant program?
The Destinations high school medical program introduces students to diagnostic tests, diseases and disorders, treatments, and nutrition. In addition to traditional high school academic courses, students take a progression of electives, including:
- Healthcare Explorations (project based learning)
- Health Science II
- Introduction to Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2
- Medical Assistant 1, 2, and 3
Which certification exams can my student prepare for in the medical assistant program?
When students begin the job hunt or apply to colleges and trade schools, an industry-recognized certification can help give them an edge over the competition. Destinations courses help prepare students in the medical assistant program to take the following certification exams upon graduation:†
- The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Medical Assisting Exam
- The AMCA Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) Exam
What is the job and salary outlook for a medical assistant?‡
Compared to other occupations, medical assisting is growing faster than average according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An aging baby boomer population is expected to increase the demand for medical assistants.
Is a high school medical program right for my student?
*Families do not pay tuition for a student to attend an online public school. Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
**Career fields and pathways vary by school. Check with your school for its current offerings.
†Students who attend a Destination Career Academy for at least two years will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019. This job may require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.