Career Opportunities

Job prospects will be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, especially those with national certification (CMA-AAMA). Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of roles in the following health care settings:

  • Private Physician Practice
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Billing Agencies

 Typical tasks for a Medical Assistant include:

  • Interviewing patients to obtain medical information and measuring their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Showing patients to examination rooms and preparing the patients for the physician.
  • Recording patients' medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician.
  • Collecting blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens, logging the specimens, and preparing them for testing.
  • Explaining treatment procedures, medications, diets and physicians' instructions to patients.
  • Authorizing drug refills and providing prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Preparing treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Cleaning and sterilizing instruments and disposing of contaminated supplies.
  • Processing patient requests for medication refills.
  • Scheduling appointments and patient/insurance billing.

For more information, see the following links: O*Net - Medical Assisting, National career outlook & information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Career One Stop - Medical Assisting, Michigan career outlook & information.

Contact Information

Alissa Donkerbrook
Program Coordinator

Phone: (248) 942-3068

Sandra Cohorst
Practicum Coordinator
Phone: (248) 942-3089

Medical Assisting Department
Phone: (248) 942-3069

Program Location
Highland Lakes Campus
7350 Cooley Lake Rd
Waterford, MI 48327-4187


CAAHEP -25400 U.S.
Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350