medical assistant

median annual wage

$31,800 or $15.29/hr
durham-chapel hill

annual job openings

2,440
north carolina
18
% associate’s degree
65
% certificate

job outlook

+29%
north carolina

total number employed

17,190
north carolina
patients entrust their medical care with several people including medical assistants. medical assistants obtain and record patient’s medical history and vital statistics, draw blood, prep the patient for examination, and perform routine lab tests.

the medical assisting program at durham tech prepares students to start in this career. coursework includes instruction in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, coding and processing insurance accounts, medical transcription, assisting with examinations and treatments, electrocardiography, and ethical/legal issues associated with patient care.

its diploma program is accredited by the commission on accreditation of allied health education programs (caahep) upon the recommendation of the medical assisting education review board (maerb).