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Medical Assistants and Health Care Administrative Assistants Keep us on Track

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At Pima Medical Institute, we prepare students to become skilled medical assistants and health care administrative assistants (previously called medical administrative assistants) so that doctors and medical staff can know with confidence they are hiring highly capable staff members.

Medical assistants work alongside doctors, nurses and other health care providers. They help with a variety of duties, including documenting a patient’s medical history, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients and preparing them for exams. Their career is hands-on and focuses on patient care.

Health care administrative assistants are generally the first person a patient meets when visiting a medical office. They ensure the office operates efficiently. They do not work directly with patients, but instead greet them, book appointments and provide other assistance. They are prepared to complete important jobs, such as working with electronic health records, performing medical billing and coding tasks and assisting doctors with reports.

At Pima Medical, students can enroll in the medical assistant (MA) and health care administrative assistant certificate (HCAC) programs at multiple campuses. For more information visit Pima Medical’s MA and HCAC program pages.

In Colorado Springs, former medical assistant student Maria Ramirez became interested in attending Pima Medical Institute when her sister enrolled.

“When my sister applied to Pima Medical, I was with her through the whole process, which inspired me to go back to school. It was my choice after listening to my sister share her experiences with our family. Listening to her excitement finally convinced me,” Ramirez said.

“My time at Pima Medical has been great. Learning to draw blood, take vitals, give injections and other hands-on work were my favorite activities. All the effort and experience has been to better my future and the future of the most important little person in my life, my daughter.”

(Updated from October 2014)

August 25, 2022

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