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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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Featured Medical Assisting Schools Schools

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Pima Medical Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Chula Vista
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.


Westwood College

[Campus]
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.

Carrington College California

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Certificate in Medical Assisting
  • AS in Medical Assisting
Quick Summary: Ready for a rewarding career? Start with a certificate or degree from Carrington College California.

Milan Institute

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

San Joaquin Valley College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.

Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Intercoast Colleges

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

ITT Technical Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • AS - Medical Assisting and Administration
Quick Summary: Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

UEI College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

Get career training for the job you’ve always wanted at UEI College.


Institute of Technology

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Professional Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

You can get started on a new career with Institute of Technology.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.iot.edu/disclosure


Charter College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Certificate - Medical Assisting
Quick Summary:

You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College.


CBD College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Los Angeles
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Get career training with CBD College.

Platt College

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

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]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

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.


Santa Barbara Business College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting - Associate
  • Associate of Science Medical Assisting
Quick Summary: Study online or on campus with Santa Barbara Business College.

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