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Classes are in-person at the school and clinical sites. No online classes.

Looking for a Medical Assistant Program near You? Penn Commercial might be the perfect fit!

The medical assistant program at Penn Commercial serves Southwest Pennsylvania (including the Pittsburgh area) as well as students from Wheeling to Morgantown, West Virginia. Read below to find more info about our medical assistant classes, and the types of jobs and salaries for medical assistants in the US.

Working as a medical assistant is an important role to the health care team, and is an experience like no other. In today’s health care workforce, medical assistants are becoming increasingly relied upon by both doctors and nurses; finding themselves with a broad range of responsibilities. In any medical office, success is often determined by the quality and dedication of their medical assistants.

Our medical assistant courses are designed to prepare students to meet their responsibilities, and achieve a fulfilling career in the health care industry.

The medical assistant program will award you the associate in specialized business degree in just 18 months. This associate’s degree allows you to work different positions in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and many other settings.

Becoming a Medical Assistant: What You Will Learn

In the medical assistant program, you will explore administrative, front-office areas associated with the profession, as well as the clinical skills you will need to assist doctors and nurses in patient care. Some of the areas covered in the program are:

  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Diseases
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Taking Patients’ Temperature, Blood Pressure and Measurements
  • Medical Documentation
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Clinical Assisting
  • Communication

The main goal of the medical assistant program is to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to play a vital role in a health care team.

Medical Assistant Programs

Becoming a medical assistant means you will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks—from front office responsibilities, like scheduling appointments and greeting patients, to clinical duties, like assisting doctors and nurses with patient care. As a student in the medical assistant program, you will take your classroom studies covering all of these areas and have an abundance of opportunities to apply that theory in meaningful, hands-on settings.

At Penn Commercial we offer modern facilities and laboratories in which you will train and learn all the required abilities for the health care field. Our instructors are seasoned health care professionals who bring real-world experience and are dedicated to your success. You will also complete an externship at a health care site as part of the program in order to practice what you have learned.

When You Can Learn to Become a Medical Assistant

Classes are forming now, so the best way to get started is by calling 724-222-5330 today or stopping by our campus. Once enrolled, classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and your externship will be scheduled in the last quarter of the program.

“The teachers and the things I learned at Penn Commercial prepared me for my job. The externship really helped me prepare.”

Tera DorseyMedical Assistant, Waterdam Pediatrics
Medical Assistant Training School at Penn Commercial

At Penn Commercial Business/Technical School we believe in empowering our students. For us, this is the way to achieve professional goals and successfully launch new careers.

The job market for medical assistants is growing considerably above average. According to data retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth projection from 2019 to 2029 is 19% — much faster than the average. Now is the perfect time to start your training for a career as a medical assistant, since the projected number of job openings for that same period of time is of 139,200. 

There are multiple examples of employment opportunities for those who hold a medical assistant associate degree or diploma.

  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Representative
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Podiatric Medical Assistant
Industry Certifications

Students of the Medical Assistant program will take two certification examinations through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Penn Commercial does not guarantee that students will pass these examinations.

  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)
  • National Certified Phlebotomy Technician Examination (NCPT)

This program’s mission is to equip you with the knowledge and skills it takes to pass your certification exam and enter the field so you can take advantage of that increasing demand.

As a medical assistant you will execute administrative and clinical tasks in multiple settings and offices, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Other Health Care Facilities

Classes at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School are tailored to teach every skill necessary for you to succeed in a career as a medical assistant. We do that through personalized instruction, experienced faculty, cutting-edge facilities and academic support.

Our alumni and career services can help you find the right position in the job market. Penn Commercial Business/Technical School was opened in 1929, and since then we have successfully placed a great number of students. You can find our alumni network all around the United States working in different industries and achieving great success in their professional lives.

Who Hires Our Grads
  • Adult Neurology
  • Advanced Womens Care of Pittsburgh
  • Centerville Clinics
  • Central Outreach Wellness Center
  • Claysville Family Practice
  • Cornerstone Care
  • Crossroads Chiropractic
  • Ganzer Hahn Dermatology Associates, PLLC
  • MedExpress Urgent Care
  • Preffered Primary Care Physicians (multiple locations)
  • TriCounty Urology
  • UPMC Urology
  • Washington Health System (multiple locations)
  • XYZ Medical Billing Inc.

Students can find job placement assistance with services like job fairs, career counseling, interviewing workshops, job listings, resume assistance, employment newsletters and externships.

Additional Medical Assistant Program Entrance Requirements

In addition to your high school diploma or GED certificate, entrance to the medical assistant program at Penn Commercial requires the following:

  • Physical examination and immunization record
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to assist with lifting, moving and transferring patients onto an examination table
  • Clinical duties require a reasonable level of manual dexterity, lifting, sitting, standing, bending, vision and hearing acuity

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