Medical Assistant

Create a Rewarding Career in the Healthcare Industry by Becoming a Medical Assistant

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Enter the world of healthcare careers by becoming a Medical Assistant.  Work with a team of professionals to provide quality care to patients, and enjoy endless possibilities for career progression in this dynamic field.  PDI is offering an accelerated 12-week program to help you gain the knowledge and practical experience to sit for the National Healthcareer Association exam for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant profession.


M. Carol Cozart brings more than 15 years of practical experience as a Medical Assistant/ Clinical Nurse to teaching future medical assistants.  Carol has worked on both the administrative side and clinical side of medical and cosmetic surgery practices. She has an Associates degree in Applied Science of Medical Assisting from STC Sanford.

Kissa Yarbough, MA-P, NCMA, NCPT, NCPI is an experienced instructor in the areas of medical assistant and phlebotomy. With more than 9 years of teaching experience, Kissa also functioned as an extern coordinator while also teaching in a medical assistant program. She is also a National Certified Medical Assistant and National Certified Phlebotomist. Kissa holds a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration from Pima Medical Institute.

Features of the Program

  • 12 weeks- classes meet one day a week
  • 96 classroom hours and 80 hour externship
  • Eligible to sit for CCMA, CPT and CET exams upon successful completion
  • Tuition includes live instruction, textbooks, externship and the CCMA exam 


  • High School diploma or GED
  • No felony or drug-related conviction
  • Minor issues including traffic violations cleared up prior to externship
  • Current vaccination record


$4,285, which includes textbooks and CCMA exam fee. Contact Tami Russell at about saving $200.

Commonly Asked Questions

What duties do medical assistants perform?

Medical assistants perform a variety of tasks, and it varies from practice to practice.  However, they’ll typical assist in the following ways:

  • Record patient history and personal information
  • Take vital signs
  • Assist the doctor with patient exams
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood samples
  • Enter information into electronic medical records

What’s the job outlook for medical assistants?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants are experiencing a faster than average job growth over the next 10 years.

Do you have to be certified to become a medical assistant?

There are no requirements in Texas to hold a certification for medical assisting; however, most medical practices require medical assistants to at least hold a certificate before hiring them.

Financial Assistance

To inquire about payment plans, please contact Tami Russell at 866.374.0876 or email at


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