Health Professions Division

Medical Assistant


Medical assistants perform a variety of health-related tasks. We teach you basic skills in multiple areas of patient care. Clinical skills include using sterile technique and infection control, recording patient information, taking vital signs and preparing patients for examinations, collecting and processing specimens, and assisting with minor in-office surgeries. Administrative skills include scheduling patients, preparing and maintaining records, performing secretarial skills and medical transcription, handling telephone calls, and writing correspondence. You learn overall assistance in all aspects of patient care under the physician's supervision.

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What Jobs Can I Get?

Medical Assisting continues to be one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. This will provide you, as a Medical Assistant, with job opportunities for years to come.

Graduates are employed doing administrative, clinical,
and laboratory work in:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' Offices
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Medical Billing Offices

How Long Will it Take?

4 semesters + summer (2 years)

Why Medical Assisting at CEI?

  • Low Cost
  • Great Value
  • Fast Growing Profession
  • High Job Placement
  • Hands-on Training
  • Individualized Services
  • Small Class Size

EITC (CEI) Medical Assisting Outcome (last 5 years)

  • AAMA certification exam pass rate 93.3%
  • Retention 96.67%
  • Graduate Satisfaction 100%
  • Employer Satisfaction 96%

What Real Students Say


"I have always loved helping people. The Medical Assisting program has allowed me to be ‘me'. Faculty and Staff are very caring and willing to go the extra mile to help students.  EITC (CEI) gave me the opportunity to serve on the Student Council and improve my leadership skills. EITC (CEI) will stay with me for my entire life. EITC (CEI) is life-changing."

Kimberly Leatham, Student Senate President 2008-2009

"I used to work as a secretary /translator at a doctor's office. I saw what nurses did and wanted to be a part of the health care profession. Becoming a medical assistant has been the best decision I ever made. Now I'm part of the health care profession and loving it."

Armando Liljenquist

College of Eastern Idaho, 208.524.3000, 1600 S 25th E, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

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