Medical and Clinical Assistant School: What’s The Difference?


Are you looking to start a new healthcare career? Then you probably have a lot of questions. There are many different programs to choose from. All of them could lead to worthwhile careers. So, what’s the difference between medical and clinical assistant school? The answer is… there isn’t one! In fact, at Southwest Schools (SWS), we sometimes refer to our program as “Clinical/Medical Assistant School.”


What’s In A Name?

When you begin your healthcare career research, it can seem like there are SO many certifications and titles. (And all those acronyms and nicknames don’t help either. LPN, MA, PharmTech, PCP, MHMR—the list goes on. But don’t let that intimidate you! Once you choose your path, your new career in healthcare could lead to a stable and rewarding life. One way to get started is by taking medical assistant classes.

What Are Medical Assistant Classes Like?

Medical assistant courses can prepare you for both clinical and administrative duties. It's even in our mission to equip graduates with these skills, knowledge, and abilities. To do that, we make sure the classes and instructors are well-rounded. To hone their clinical and administrative skills, students learn:

  • Business Communication
  • Computer Applications and Keyboarding
  • Filing Insurance Claims
  • CPT And ICD-9 Coding
  • Accounts Payable and Receivable
  • Payroll and Reception Duties
Woman thinking

What Other Job Titles Could I Have?

While your program and certification will technically be called Medical Assistant—you could qualify for all kinds of positions after you graduate. Two titles we see often are Clinical Medical Assistant and Administrative Medical Assistant. So, what’s the difference? Clinical Medical Assistants work more directly with patients. They assist doctors and nurses, take patient vitals, and record their medical histories. On the other hand, Administrative Medical Assistants do more of the office work all healthcare facilities have.

Good news! The program at SWS prepares you for both. (But if you want to take billing and coding classes, we suggest checking out the Medical Office Specialist Program.) Here are a few of the other job titles Medical Assistant Program graduates could qualify for:

Clinical Assistant School in Texas

So, are you ready to see what our Medical/Clinical Assistant school can do for you? Contact SWS today to get started on your application. We have locations teaching in both McAllen and San Antonio. We can’t wait to help you achieve your new future!



SWS has one Texas Campus Location

View Contact Details Here or call 830-626-7007


For Beauty Schools: Nuvani Institute


© 2014 Southwest Schools of Business and Technical Careers, All Rights Reserved.

830-626-7007 | | Privacy Policy | Consumer Information
Digital Marketing by Gatorworks