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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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Allied Health Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Allied Health Institute is a post-secondary vocational school offering a variety of Diploma and Associate Degree programs in the field of Allied Health. 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.

Pima Medical Institute

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

Explore a new career with Pima Medical 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.

Milan Institute

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

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.

UEI College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

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


Advanced Training

[Campus]
Locations:
  • El Cajon
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
Quick Summary:

Advanced Training (ATA) is a small veteran-owned family business with an emphasis on student satisfaction and outcomes.


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.


Kaplan College - KHE

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Diploma: Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

CBD College

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

Santa Barbara Business College

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

National Career College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Van Nuys
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.

Institute of Technology

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Redding
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


Intercoast Colleges

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

Unitek College

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

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