Choosing a Medical Assistant Program

In order to work as a medical assistant, you will need the proper education and training. It is important to choose a medical assistant program that fits with your lifestyle, is accredited, and offers the training you need for your chosen profession. Many two year colleges have medical assistant degree programs. You may also want to check with any local trade, technical or vocational schools which sometimes have day and evening classes for adults. While finances is definitely an issue when selecting a program, accreditation is the most important thing.

Unless you graduate from one of the many accredited medical assistant programs out there it is unlikely you will ever find work in this field. Luckily, the vast majority of schools and even many distance learning programs are accredited. This is also important after graduation if you want to take your certification test. This is highly recommended, even by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the most prestigious and trusted association for this career field. You can learn more about them, and the certification exam, on their site. This exam is only given three times annually.

The sooner after graduation that you take your certification exam the better, because you will still remember what you learned in school. While you are still in school, aim to get an internship with a medical office that interests you. Internships give you on the job experience working with a medical assistant and his or her supervisor. In this job field much of the learning is accomplished by hands-on training. Also, an internship can help you find jobs and looks great on your resume, as does certification.

There are all kinds of medical assistant programs from which you can choose. Make a list of the educational facilities you are considering and look over each one in more detail. In addition to accreditation, you need to learn how long the course is, what the curriculum is and of course how much the program costs. If you cannot pay for your medical assistant program you can often get help from student grants, loans and even financing programs. Then there are also scholarships for qualifying students. At any accredited school there should be a financial aid department that can help you make your educational dreams a reality without putting you in the poorhouse.

 



 

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Training, trust in advance practice clinicians may forestall rheumatology workforce shortage - Healio

Training, trust in advance practice clinicians may forestall rheumatology workforce shortage
Healio
Mixon stressed that working as a cohesive team in the clinic is paramount, with the medical assistant, the nurse, the APC, the rheumatologist all functioning together and provided with the necessary on-the-job training, where needed, to continue to .

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Registration open for new clinical medical assistant training at NRCC - Roanoke Times

Registration open for new clinical medical assistant training at NRCC
Roanoke Times
Registration is open for New River Community College's new clinical medical assistant short-term training program. Clinical medical assistants work closely with patients and physicians -- they take vital signs, interview patients, record patient .

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BTC Medical Assistant students prepare with externship experience - Bolivar Herald-Free Press

Bolivar Herald-Free Press

BTC Medical Assistant students prepare with externship experience
Bolivar Herald-Free Press
EURśOne of the benefits of having an externship is that I get to ease my way into this new role as a medical assistant and have support every step of the way. The staff was beyond welcoming and they all have been open to answering my questions and helping .

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Why demand and pay are increasing rapidly for medical assistants - KSL.com

KSL.com

Why demand and pay are increasing rapidly for medical assistants
KSL.com
While there are currently more than 600,000 medical assistants working in the U.S., that number is expected to grow 29 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That growth rate is much faster than average, reports the bureau.

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Washington U hiring medical assistant apprentices - St. Louis Business Journal

St. Louis Business Journal

Washington U hiring medical assistant apprentices
St. Louis Business Journal
Washington University is partnering with St. Louis County to train medical assistants through an apprenticeship program. Workers accepted into the one-year program will work for the university's School of Medicine in its clinics and other clinical .

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Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado's growing demand for medical assistants - The Denver Post

The Denver Post

Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado's growing demand for medical assistants
The Denver Post
Facing a growing demand for workers, Centennial-based Centura Health has teamed up with Arapahoe Community College to create a new apprenticeship program for medical assistants in hopes of creating a pipeline of employees. The six-month program, .
Centura partners with community college to train workersBizWest

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John Wood to launch one-year medical assistant program - WGEM

WGEM

John Wood to launch one-year medical assistant program
WGEM
John Wood Community College (JWCC) will launch a one-year, Medical Assistant (MA) program this Fall as part of its healthcare career pathway. Tracy Orne, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at JWCC stated the program fills a need expressed by .

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Diman gets approval to add medical assistant program - Fall River Herald News

Fall River Herald News

Diman gets approval to add medical assistant program
Fall River Herald News
Students entering Diman Regional Vocational High School this school year will now have one more career choice to explore. FALL RIVER EUR” Students entering Diman Regional Vocational High School this school year will now have one more career choice to .

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Behavioral clinic, medical assistant training coming - Rio Rancho Observer

Rio Rancho Observer

Behavioral clinic, medical assistant training coming
Rio Rancho Observer
The now-vacant halls of University of New Mexico West will soon be abuzz, not just with students but also medical equipment. Since the campus has been taken over by UNM's Health Sciences Center, Program Manager for HSC UNM West Laura Burton has .

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OUS offering two medical assistant classes - Huntington Herald Dispatch

OUS offering two medical assistant classes
Huntington Herald Dispatch
The two courses will begin this fall and include the clinical medical assistant program and medical administrative assistant program, according to a news release from OUS. Students in these two courses will not earn Ohio University credit, will not .

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