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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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National Career College

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

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
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California College San Diego

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

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Brightwood College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
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Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.


San Joaquin Valley College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Degree - Medical Assistant
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San Joaquin Valley College - A Private Junior College.


Milan Institute

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

Institute of Technology

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

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

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Unitek College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
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Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 


Mayfield College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Give your career a boost with an education from Mayfield College.

California Career Institute

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

California Career Institute (CCI) was founded by nurses with PhD degrees from renowned
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Southern California Health Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Reseda
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant Program
Quick Summary: Since 1996, Southern California Health Institute has been dedicated and committed to helping students achieve their dreams by providing an exceptional education that enables them to become skilled and successful manual therapists.

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.


Keiser University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Science
Quick Summary:

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.


Orion College

[Online]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
Quick Summary:

Orion College is a post-secondary vocational school offering Associate Degree programs in Business Administration, Medical Assisting and Healthcare Management.. By utilizing online learning, students have the flexibility to continue their education from the convenience of their own home. Our virtual classrooms will enable students to attend classes and communicate with instructors and classmates. Students can complete some programs without leaving their current employment or sacrificing family time.


Platt College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
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National American University - Roueche Graduate Center

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
Quick Summary:

The goal of earning a master’s degree should be defined by you, not by your circumstances. No matter which path you’ve chosen, a graduate degree can help you advance with your current organization, explore opportunities with a new company, or even start fresh in a new industry. When you earn your master's degree, you’re opening new opportunities for career development that can make a difference for you and your family. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.


Grand Canyon University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Phoenix
Programs:
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
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Animal Behavior College

[Online]
Programs:
  • Veterinary Assistant
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Rutgers University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • New Brunswick
Programs:
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.


Stratford Career Institute

[Online]
Programs:
  • Fitness & Nutrition
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Northcentral University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • San Diego
Programs:
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
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Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.


Liberty University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Lynchburg
Programs:
  • Master of Public Health Global Health
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Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.


Bradley University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Peoria
Programs:
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  • More
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Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.


Capella University

[Online]
Programs:
  • MSN - RN-to-MSN Care Coordination (CCNE-accredited)
  • MSN - Nursing Informatics (CCNE-accredited)
  • BSN - RN-to-BSN/MSN Combined Option (CCNE-accredited)
  • More
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University of Cincinnati Online

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Cincinnati
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
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Baker College Online

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Willis
Programs:
  • Nursing (Post-licensure) - Bachelor
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Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.


Ohio Christian University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Circleville
Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
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Regis College

[Online]
Programs:
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University of Southern California

[Campus]
Locations:
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Programs:
  • Master of Public Health
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Ashworth College

[Campus]
Locations:
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Programs:
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Maryville University

[Online]
Programs:
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California University of Pennsylvania

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South University, Online Programs

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Locations:
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Programs:
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American InterContinental University Online

[Campus]
Locations:
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Programs:
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Post University Online

[Campus]
Locations:
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Programs:
  • B.S. in Nursing: RN to BSN
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University of the Southwest

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Hobbs
Programs:
  • MBA - Healthcare Management
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Norwich University - Online

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Northfield
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing Online
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American University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
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Intercoast Colleges

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Dental Assistant
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Ultimate Medical Academy Online

[Online]
Programs:
  • A.S. - Healthcare Management
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Wilkes University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Wilkes Barre
Programs:
  • RN to BS
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  • More
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Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Master of Public Health
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University of Arizona

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Tucson
Programs:
  • Master of Public Health Online
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Located in the breathtaking Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and within an international border region, The University of Arizona is consistently ranked as a top public research university, offering graduate degrees in more than one hundred fields and is widely recognized for its cutting-edge research and innovation.


Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Washington
Programs:
  • Master of Public Health
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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.

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Blake Austin College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Vacaville
Programs:
  • Dental Assisting
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Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Boston
Programs:
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
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Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.


University of Saint Mary

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Leavenworth
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Quick Summary:

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University of Nevada - Reno

[Online]
Programs:
  • Online Master of Public Health (MPH)
Quick Summary:

At the University of Nevada, Reno, we teach public health practitioners how to look beyond physical conditions and consider environmental, economic and sociological factors that impact individual and community health, happiness and well-being.

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Simmons College Master of Public Health

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Boston
Programs:
  • Master of Public Health
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Saint Joseph's University

[Online]
Programs:
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Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).


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