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Medical Assistants

What Do Medical Assistants Do?

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. Medical assistants aid office staff and health care practitioners in daily operations. Administrative duties include answering telephones, scheduling appointments, greeting patients, updating and filing patient medical records, arranging for hospital admissions, and some billing and bookkeeping tasks. Clinical duties vary according to what is allowed by each state’s law. Clinical responsibilities may include such tasks as taking medical histories from patients and recording their vital signs, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examinations, and providing assistance during exams.

For more information about medical assistants, please see: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm.

Where Do Medical Assistants Work?

The majority of medical assistants work in the offices of physicians and other health care providers, although a large number also work in hospitals.

Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. However, many medical assistants work part time, evenings, and weekends, too.

How Much Do Medical Assistants Earn?

In 2022, the average annual income reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for medical assistants in the United States was $40,700. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) reports that, in 2023, medical assistants in New York earned a median annual salary of $45,816 (medical assistants in the 25th percentile made approximately $37,384 while those in the 75th percentile made approximately $50,326).

Supply and Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs for medical assistants in the U.S. will increase by 16% between 2021 and 2031. The New York State Department of Labor projects that the number of jobs for medical assistants in the state will increase by 27% between 2020 and 2030.

Helping to drive this excellent job growth is the increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants who can handle both administrative and some clinical duties. In addition, medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a consistently growing sector of the health care industry.

For more information on the need for medical assistants by New York State labor regions, 2018-2028, click here.

New York Educational Requirements

Formal educational programs in medical assisting are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, community and junior colleges, as well as some colleges and universities. These programs generally last one or two years, culminating in a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. Some medical assistants receive on-the-job training in the form of four- to six-week programs, but this is less common today than in the past.

New York Licensure Requirements

While New York does not require medical assistants to be licensed, individuals wishing to demonstrate proficiency in their occupation may receive certification through national organizations such as the American Association of Medical Assistants, www.aama-ntl.org and American Medical Technologists, https://www.americanmedtech.org/.

Financial Support

American Medical Technologists Registry offers scholarships for medical assistant students. For more information go to: http://www.americanmedtech.org/Schools/ScholarshipsAwards.aspx.

Education Programs in New York (Subject to Change)

Allen School of Health Sciences
163-18 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
188 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(888) 620-6745
ASA College
Manhattan Campus
1293 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
Brooklyn Campus
81 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(866) 990-6148
Bronx Educational Opportunity Center 
1666 Bathgate Ave
Bronx, NY 10457
(718) 530-7000
SUNY – Broome
907 Upper Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905
(607) 778-5495
Bryant & Stratton College
Medical assistant education programs in the
Albany area, Buffalo area, Rochester area,
Liverpool and Syracuse area.
For contact information for each campus,
go to: www.bryantstratton.edu/Contact.aspx
Career School of New York
350 St Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 420-6440
Erie Community College
North Campus
Health Sciences Division
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1553
Elmira Business Institute
Main Campus – Langdon Plaza
303 N. Main St.
Elmira, NY 14901
(607) 733-7177
Vestal Executive Park
4100 Vestal Rd.
Vestal, NY 13850
(607) 729-8915
Mandl School
The College of Allied Health

254 W 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-3434
SUNY Sullivan
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
(845) 434-5750
Mildred Elley School
Albany Campus
855 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(888) 290-3847
Manhattan Campus
25 Broadway, Floor 16
New York, NY 10004
(866) 878-0041
New York Medical Career Training Center
36-09 Main Street, 5th floor
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 460-1717
500 8th Avenue, 5th floor
(between 35th-36th Streets)
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-4444
The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants
33-10 Queens Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101-2327
(718) 793-2330
Niagara County Community College
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132
(716) 614-6222
Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14220-2094
(716) 826-1200
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY  11364
(718) 631-6262
Branford Hall Career Institute
500 Karner Rd
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 456-4464 or
565 Johnson Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716
(631) 589-1222
1100 North Broadway
Amityville, NY 11701
(631) 608-9113
Monroe College
2501 Jerome Ave.
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 933-6700
434 Main St.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-5400
Plaza College
118-33 Queens Blvd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 779-1430
Columbia Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-4181
New Age Training
145 West 30th Street, 8th Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 947-7940
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCES
110 Elwood Davis Road
Liverpool, NY 13088
(315) 453-4455
1710 NYS Rte 13
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 758-5111
Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (Citi)
179 County Route 64
Mexico, NY 13114
(315) 963-4251
Access Careers 
474 Fulton Ave.
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 433-0034
Islandia Campus
1930 Veterans Highway Ste 10
Islandia, NY 11749
(631) 630-9410
Ace Institute of Technology
312 W 36th St. 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 695-9700
4040 75th St,  Ste. 4038
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 575-3223
The College of Westchester
325 Central Ave
White Plains, NY 10606
(855) 403-7722
St. Paul’s School of Nursing
97-77 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11374
(718) 357-0500
Corporate Commons
22 Teleport Dr., Ste. 203
Staten Island, NY 10311
(718) 818-6470
Hunter Business School
3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Unit 19
Levittown, NY 11756
(516) 796-1000
3247 Route 112, Bldg 3
Medford, NY 11763
(631) 736-7360

Medical Office Assistant Programs

Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5100
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
(718) 631-6262
Jamestown Business College
7 Fairmount Avenue
Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 664-5100
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