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Medical Assistant

Program Requirements: 

Join a career where every day brings new challenges and opportunities in patient care. Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties on the job. Responsibilities include patient care, lab tests and administrative recordkeeping. Gateway Technical College’s Medical Assistant degree program will provide you with experience in a balance of clinical, administrative and laboratory training preparing you for the diversity of duties and responsibilities you will perform on the job. Gateway Technical College's Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).  Upon successful completion of the program, students can take the American Association of Medical Assistants certification exam. Upon passing the exam, students are considered Certified Medical Assistants. The program's goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Gainful Employment Information

What does a medical assistant do?

The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the size of the practice. Medical assistants can perform administrative tasks such as receptionist duties, arranging patients for hospital admissions and testing as well as handling bills and recordkeeping. Clinical duties can range from recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to assisting physicians during an exam. Medical assistants may also instruct patients about medications, prepare and administer medications, and draw blood.

Learning by doing

Students practice all clinical skills learned in the classroom in the student lab. The lab features the latest medical equipment including EKG machines, exam tables, sphygmomanometer, injection pads, venipuncture arms and a variety of other learning aids.

Once students have a clear understanding of the basic medical skills, they will continue to reinforce them by practicing on other students. Upon completion of the program’s core classes, students must complete a 160 hour practicum at a local clinical site.

Participation in the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) student organization is highly encouraged. AAMA’s mission is to provide medical assistants with further education, certification and networking opportunities. The AAMA also provides the exam for certification leading to the credential of Certified Medical Assistant.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by 31 percent through 2020. Demand is rising due to the growth of the aging baby-boomer population, which will continue to increase the demand for preventative medical services. The median annual salary of medical assistants was $29,960 in 2014.The earnings of medical assistants vary, depending on experience, skill level and location.

Certification and Licensing

The American Association of Medical Assistants certification exam is optional for program graduates but employers may require certification for employment. Upon passing the exam, students are considered Certified Medical Assistants. Graduates of the Medical Assistant Program at Gateway Technical College can now take the American Medical Technologists Certification exam for Medical Assistant  at the Authorized Pearson Vue testing centers located on the Racine, Kenosha and Elkhorn Gateway Technical College Campuses.  Click here to apply.


Gateway's Medical Assistant program is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756


Additional Requirements

After acceptance AND prior to petitioning

  • Order Medical Document Manager ONLY (health forms/records and CPR). Upon completing your order, the required health forms, Medic 1st Aid Card, and CPR requirements will be on your To-Do List. Prior to petitioning you will only be required to upload copies of your valid CPR AND Medic 1st Aid Card. After being awarded a seat, you will be required to complete the remainder of the items in your To-Do List as soon as possible so that you can receive clearance to participate in clinicals. Please download, print, and upload the completed forms to your CertifiedProfile.​
  • Order your Drug Test. Please read the “Additional Information” section found on the review page which is the beginning part of the order process. This will provide you with the necessary information to complete your drug test.​

Background and Health Information requirement questions?
Please contact the Admissions Office at


Robert Formanek

Lori Andreucci

Micheal Randolph

Program Administration

Mike O'Donnell, Dean