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Medical Assistant Educational and Training Requirements

While it is possible to start a career in medical assisting with on the job training, most employers prefer a formal education or training program. These programs are available from some vocational high schools, vocational schools, and in colleges and universities. Typical medical assistant training programs lead to a degree or certificate, and last one or two years, respectively.

Many medical assisting programs are accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). These accredited programs typically offer internships at hospitals or clinics as part of their programs.

Coursework at post secondary schools and colleges is split into medical training and office training. Medical courses include physiology, anatomy, and medical terminology. Office training includes insurance processing, keyboarding, record-keeping and accounting procedures. Students are taught first aid, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and how to administer medications. They may also study medical law, ethics, and patient relations.

Licensing and Certification Requirements

There are no national licensing requirements for medical assistants, although, depending on the state in which they work, they may be required to obtain a license to perform certain procedures.

Medical Assistants are certified by one of several agencies. Certification is important, particularly for those applying for entry level positions, since it indicates competence in the field. The Certified Medical Assistant designation is offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants. The Registered Medical Assistant credential is given by American Medical Technologists.

Other organizations award specialty certifications for medical assistants specializing in podiatry or opthalmology.

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Fortis Institute

[Online]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting Online
Quick Summary:

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

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Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.


Westwood College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Anaheim
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting (D)
  • Medical Assisting (A)
Quick Summary:

Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures.

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Kaplan College - KHE

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Palm Springs
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
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Milan Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Bakersfield
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
Quick Summary: Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

Platt College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Vision Care Technician
  • Medical Assisting
Quick Summary: Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

California College San Diego

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)
Quick Summary:

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Congratulations! Your interest in California College San Diego is an important first step toward changing your life. A career-focused degree is the key to a new career with a potentially higher income, better benefits, and more satisfaction.


UEI College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
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At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.


Unitek College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
Quick Summary: Get the training you need for a career in health care at Unitek College.

American Career College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Long Beach
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
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American Career College (ACC) offers hands-on training that will prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry at three campuses in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County, California.


Charter College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
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You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College.


National Career College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Panorama City
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
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