SCI Programs: Medical Assistant Program


  • Medical Assistant training in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio – North, San Antonio – South, & Waco
  • Learn valuable components of becoming a successful medical team member, including EKG monitoring, patient care, pharmacology, and clinical skills
  • Prepare to sit for your certification in as little as 36 weeks
  • Work toward certifications as a Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified EKG Technician, Electronic Health Records Specialist, and more
  • Work face-to-face with patients & their dedicated physicians providing care & administrative functions
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Prepare to sit for certifications after completing our Medical Assistant training program!

Straddle the worlds of patient care and administration. Provide clinical care, taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by a physician. Finding the right medical assistant training program in Texas makes all the difference on the road to your future career!

SCI offers a Medical Assistant training program in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio, and Waco.

Our quality training will prepare you to sit for medical assistant certification exams.

Medical Assistant Certifications

If you enroll in the Medical Assistant training program at SCI, you’ll train on skills such as reading vital signs, performing ECGs and CPR, drawing blood, and more.

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for medical certifications.

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMMA)

  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

  • Certified EKG Technician (CET)

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Word

  • MA Career Skills

SCI medical assistant students learn real-world skills, which can be used in a variety of environments, including: 

  • Reading Vital Signs
  • Performing EKGs and CPR
  • Drawing Blood
  • Performing Lab Work

The training involved in SCI’s Medical Assistant training program includes hands-on, employer-tailored training. You will train on MA skills as well as take informational courses to provide you with the necessary tools you need to succeed. 

Employment Opportunities for Medical Assistants

Some employment opportunities you may have as a medical assistant include:

  • Certified Medical Assistant 
  • Chiropractic Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Doctor’s Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Registered Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant Training at SCI

Embedded in both patient care and healthcare office administration, Medical Assistants provide face-to-face clinical care, taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician. As well as administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. You’ll learn:

  • The heart and skeletal structures, nervous, reproductive, immune, respiratory, and urinary systems
  • Patient care, CPR, therapeutic and telemedicine communication, and vital signs
  • How to perform proper venipuncture procedure and to safely acquire a specimen collection for lab testing

Brief Course Descriptions of Medical Assistant Classes:

CIS101 Word Processing

Basic techniques of electronic word processing & software applications

CSV103 Customer Service

Practice customer service skills in a business setting with problem-solving & critical thinking

JOB103 Career Readiness

Integrate learned skills into job search techniques & professional development

MAC103 Communication

Study communication skills in a one-on-one or group setting while learning informal writing techniques

MED107 Foundational Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the foundational systems of the human body

MED108 Vital Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the vital systems of the human body

MED109 Transformative Body Systems

Introduction to the anatomy, physiology, structure & function of the transformative systems of the human body

MED110 Electronic Records and Medical Practice

Explore electronic health records through the practice of administrative tasks such as scheduling, completing reports, entering coding and billing information, and submitting claims

MED111 Utilizing Electronic Records Systems

Practice administrative tasks such as maintaining records, completing forms, documenting diagnosis, and posting charges, payments, and adjustments

MED112 Billing and Insurance for Medical offices

Introduction to the fundamental elements and terminology of medical insurance payment systems and reimbursements

MED114 Telemedicine Communication

Examine effective communication techniques used by professionals in a variety of medical settings including telemedicine

MED115 Medical Law and Ethics

Introduction to the law and ethics in the medical profession including the identification of protected health information as it applies to HIPAA

MED120 Electrocardiogram I

Explore the preparation, monitoring, and safety protocols for a variety of EKG tests

MED126 Electrocardiogram II

Identifying dysrhythmias through EKG tracing. Medical law and ethics as it applies to EKG technician

MED121 Medication & Parenteral Administration

Study the general principles of pharmacology relating to the medical assisting profession

MED122 Phlebotomy: Special Collections

Explore anatomy and physiology and collection techniques as these pertain to capillary collection, blood smear, and non-blood specimen collections

MED123 Phlebotomy: Venipuncture Procedures

Explore anatomy and physiology and collection techniques as they pertain to venipunctures, blood cultures, and blood donation

MED124 Common Clinical Procedures

Practice the clinical competencies needed for general physical exams, basic wound and injury care, allergies, and immunizations

MED125 Special Clinical Procedures

Practice the clinical competencies needed to assist with specialized exams, traumatic injuries, staple and structure removal, and surgical interventions

OFF101 Office Procedures I

Study office procedures using electronic applications and resolving business problems

JOB138 Medical Assistant Externship

Apply learned skills in a real-world work environment during this 178-hour course

Invest in a Medical Assistant Career Program

There  are a variety of options available for paying for your medical assistant training in Texas including: 

      • Scholarships & Grants
        • Need-Based Grants
        • Dream Act Grants
        • Financial Literacy Grants
        • Vocational Rehabilitation
        • Employment Program
      • Federal Grants & Loans
        • Federal Pell Grant
        • Federal Direct Loan Program
        • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
        • Institutional scholarship for those who qualify
      • Military Assistance Programs
        • Montgomery GI Bill® College & Education Assistance
        • Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program
        • Post 9/11 GI Bill® Education Assistance
        • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
        • Selective Reserve Option of MGIB
        • Reserve Educational Assistance Program
      • Pay In Full Options
      • Affordable payment plans at 0% Interest

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Grant qualification is not guaranteed and not all students qualify.

Want to learn more about how National Certifications might help you in today’s job market?

Is an Exciting Career in Medical Assisting Right for You?

If you are interested in learning more about careers in the Medical Assisting field and exploring whether this is the right career path for you, fill out our Request Info Form to receive more information. A helpful SCI Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and help with everything from scheduling to course information to financial aid. For immediate questions, call 1.833.SCI.TEXAS.

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“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


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