Medical assistants are versatile and multi-skilled allied health professionals. They are cross-trained to perform clinical and administrative responsibilities. Medical assistants work under the supervision of licensed physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics.

The Medical Assistant Program offered at Great Falls College MSU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  ( on the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Clearwater, Florida 33756
phone: (727)210-2350
fax: (727) 210-2354

Upon graduation from an accredited program, students are eligible to sit for the certifying examination through the AAMA.

What Phlebotomists do:

Phlebotomists draw blood and perform ECG, and point-of-care testing. Some of them explain their work to patients and provide assistance if patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.

Job Outlook:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) states, "Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients".

Pay for Medical Assistants according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) states, "The median annual wage for medical assistants was $31,540 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $45,310".

Facts about Medical Assistants: 

  • Medical Assisting is a career
  • Medical Assistants are healthcare professionals
  • Certification makes a difference
  • MA's don't do long term care
  • MA's learn and adapt to the changing healthcare needs
  • MA's work directly under the supervision of a physician
  • MA's work is limitless to specialties