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Medical Assisting Program (MAP)

HTI’s Medical Assisting program is a non-credit certificate program that prepares you for entry-level positions as a medical assistant in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and clinics.

The Medical Assisting Diploma program is offered as a 18-week full-time or 28-week part-time program.  The program combines administrative skills of the front office and the hands-on skills of the back office.  Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge in medical office technology and procedures, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, pharmacology, diagnostic tests and procedures, and preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam.  As part of the program, students will be required to obtain Healthcare provider CPR and First Aid certifications.

A four-week internship at a clinic, medical office, or hospital is also a part of the program.  On completing the program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting allowing them to sit for the CMA exam.  Students will be prepared for entry-level opportunities as medical assistants in doctors' offices, clinics, or hospitals.

What is the role of a Medical Assistant?

The exact duties of a Medical Assistant vary from office to office, depending on location, size, and medical specialty. In small practices, Medical Assistants are most often generalists who handle both clerical and clinical duties. In large organizations, Medical Assistants usually specialize in a particular area and work under the supervision of a department administrator. 

Common Medical Assistant duties include:

  • Taking medical histories, checking temperature and blood pressure
  • Explaining treatments
  • Preparing patients for and assisting the physician during an exam
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens and doing basic lab tests
  • Telephoning prescriptions to pharmacies
  • Answering phones and greeting patients
  • Updating and filing patients' medical records
  • Scheduling appointments and arranging tests, hospital admissions, and lab services

Current Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to current BOL statistics, the median hourly pay wage for Medical Assistants in the U.S. was $14.12.  In May of 2012, the median annual pay for medical assistants was $29,370.

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent (29%)  from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.



Hawaii Technology Institute's Allied Health programs are funded by ALU LIKE, Inc.'s Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Education Project.

Classes start mid-April. 

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