Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform a variety of health-related tasks. We teach you basic skills in multiple areas of patient care. Clinical skills include using sterile technique and infection control, recording patient information, taking vital signs and preparing patients for examinations, collecting and processing specimens, and assisting with minor in-office surgeries. Administrative skills include scheduling patients, preparing and maintaining records, performing administrative skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls, and writing correspondence. You learn overall assistance in all aspects of patient care under the physician's supervision.

CEI Minimum Medical Assisting Expectations

Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Job Placement

100%- Average job placement rate for 2020 Graduates.

Exam Passage

100%- Average passage rate for 2020 Graduates.


100%- Average retention rate for 2020 Admission Cohort.

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Professional Licensure

This program might be right for you if you are:

  • Professional
  • Resilient
  • Confident
  • Adaptable
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ethical
  • A team player

You should have:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Effective visual, listening, and speaking skills
  • Integrity
  • A strong work ethic
  • Physical endurance
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time
  • The ability to walk and move quickly
  • The capability to move, lift, and physically support patients
  • Mental endurance
  • The ability to think under pressure
  • The ability to work with difficult personality types
  • Time management skills

What do our student learn?

  • Take the patient's vital signs
  • Collect laboratory specimen
  • Perform Diagnostic testing as ordered
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed
  • Arrange hospital admissions and lab services
  • Record medical history
  • Explain treatment procedures
  • Instruct patients about medication and special diets
  • Update patient medical records
  • Handle correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping
  • Assign procedure and diagnosis codes to all clinical services
  • Chart in the medical record

Why CEI's Medical Assisting Program?

  • Affordable
  • 6 weeks in a clinical setting
  • IV certification offered
  • 12:1 Student-to-teacher ratio
  • CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam from an Accredited Program

How Long Will It Take?

  • Intermediate technical Certificate (ITC)
    • 2 full-time semesters in the professional program with the option of taking an internship/Externship during the summer.
    • 1 summer for internship/Externship clinical

Where Are Our Graduates Working?

  • Special Care Centers
  • Family Medical Offices
  • Government Departments
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Specialty Practice Offices

How Much Do Our Graduates Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Quick Facts: Medical Assistants
2021 Median Pay:
$37,190 per year
$17.88 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education
Number of Jobs, 2021
Job Outlook, 2021-31
Postsecondary nondegree award
16% (Much faster than average)


CEI's Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
CAAHEP: 9355 113th Street N., #7709, Seminole, FL 33775-7709 / P:727-210-2350 • F:727-210-2354 /

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

MAERB: 2020 N. California Ave., #213 Suite 7 Chicago, IL 60647

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) is a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) for the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As a CoA of CAAHEP, MAERB performs the everyday work of accreditation for medical assisting education programs: setting up and conducting site visits, organizing, and reviewing annual reports for compliance with established outcome thresholds, providing workshops, resources, and training for programs and site surveyors; and submitting recommendations for CAAHEP Board Action.

MAERB works collaboratively with CAAHEP to develop the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Medical Assisting.

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