The High School Classes Required For Medical Assisting


If you're interested in working as a Medical Assistant, and you're currently deciding which high school classes you should take, then we can help answer your questions.

Firstly, we should point out that because you don't need a license to work as a medical assistant, that technically there are no specific classes you are legally required to take - however the real answer is a bit more complicated than that...

Although up to one third of Medical Assistants may have traditionally 'learned on the job', these days most people who want a medical assisting career will complete formal training at least at a Certificate level, and some will even complete Associate Degrees or even higher levels of education.

Classes taught in Medical Assisting Programs

The best guide to understanding which high school classes you'll need to take, are the subjects you will learn in an MA program.

Those subjects often include:

  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Clinical Procedures
  • Office Practices
  • Patient Billing
  • Medical Insurance Coding & Billing
  • Record-keeping and Book-keeping

Recommended High School Classes for Medical Assistant Students

By looking at the topics above, you can see there is a clear bias towards subjects relating to science and office skills.

As a result, here are the classes we recommend you take in High School to prepare you for your further education:

  • Biology
  • Health
  • Computers
  • Office Skills
  • Bookkeeping
  • Math

Some additional classes you can consider which can also help are:

  • Chemistry
  • Spanish


The most important thing is that you will need to pass your High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.

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