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Medical Assistant Academic Information

Career Opportunities

Medical assistants are health professionals that performs routine administrative and clinical tasks within physicians' offices. Their duties may vary from office to office, but the administrative duties usually include answering telephones, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, filling out insurance and advance directive forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission, and handling billing and accounting procedures.

The clinical duties may also vary but include taking medical histories, recording vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination. Medical assistants may also collect blood specimens by both capillary or venipuncture technique, perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies, sterilize equipment, instruct patients about medication and special diets, prepare and administer medications as directed by the physician, authorize drug refills, telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy, prepare patients for X-rays, and perform EKGs.

The Medical Assistant program is a certificate or two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program that prepares students to work in a medical office and perform both administrative and clinical procedures.

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.


Students at COD can choose to earn a Medical Assistant, Associate in Applied Science degree. 

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:


Students at COD can choose to earn a Medical Assistant Certificate.

Information on the certificate listed above can be found on the following file:

Prospective Students

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach: 

Diane Gryglak, Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2207J, (630) 942-3507

Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.


Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.