What You Need to Know to Prepare for the Medical Assistant Program

Medical Assistant Program StudentHave you been accepted into the Medical Assistant Program at Prism Career Institute? First of all, some congratulations are in order. We’re happy to be a part of your journey toward becoming a medical professional.

As you get ready for your first day of class, you probably have a few questions about program requirements, what to wear, and perhaps, what supplies you’ll need. Here, we outline some basics, so you can feel confident from day one.


The Medical Assistant Program consists of 720 clock hours, 570 of which will be spent acquiring crucial knowledge and skills in a classroom setting. Courses you will complete include: Anatomy and Physiology 1, 2 and 3, Medical Law and Ethics, Professional Communication, Patient Hygiene/Infection Control, Patient History/Vital Signs/CPR, EKG (Electrocardiography), Phlebotomy, Records Management, Career Development, Clinical Procedures and Pharmacology.


A mandatory requirement of the Medical Assistant Program, the clinical externship is your chance to take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to real-world situations. During the externship, you’ll work alongside medical assisting professionals in a designated setting, such as a private clinic, laboratory or hospital. Keep in mind: externships can have day, evening or weekend hours to accommodate your on-campus course schedule.

Supplies, Books and Fees

If you have any questions about supplies, books and fees before your first day, reach out to a Campus Admissions Representative. They can provide you with the School Catalog and Addendum, which outlines a schedule of tuition, books, supplies and fees for the Medical Assistant Program, so you can get a better understanding of program costs.

Dress Policy

Whether you’re in class, in the lab or at an externship, wearing a scrub uniform is one of the Medical Assistant Program requirements you’ll need to abide by. In addition to dressing in scrubs, you’ll also need to maintain a professional appearance – that means practicing good personal hygiene and grooming habits.

Find Your Career Path

Available at our Cherry Hill, NJ and Egg Harbor Township, NJ campuses, the Medical Assistant Program prepares students for a rewarding career in this quickly growing medical field. Haven’t yet applied for the program? What are you waiting for? Call admissions today at 888-966-8146 to discover the advantages of Prism Career Institute’s Medical Assistant Program.