Bay offers medical assistant program

ESCANABA — Bay College Training & Development (M-TEC) will be offering a new clinical medical assistant program starting this October. This non-credit workforce development program is designed to prepare students for the National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification examination. This training is also ideal for those interested in pursuing a future formal Nursing (LPN) or a nursing (RN) program.

Clinical medical assistants are trained to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings. Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physical and chiropractic offices, clinics, hospitals, and outpatient facilities. According to, the medical assistant salary range in the United States falls between $31,832 and $37,284 per year.

The clinical medical assistant training program consists of 140 course contact hours, plus a 160 hour clinical externship. The training schedule will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 9:30 pm starting Oct. 2, running through Jan. 24. Training will also take place on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10, Dec. 1, and Jan. 5 and 19. To register or view other trainings, visit For questions or more information about the Clinical Medical Assistant training program, call (906) 217-4200.