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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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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!

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.


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.

UEI College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
Quick Summary:

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.


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.


Kaplan College - KHE

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

Keiser University

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting, AS (Online)
Quick Summary: For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

Intercoast Colleges

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

Platt College

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

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.

Please call 855-816-4009 or fill out the form!


Everest College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
Quick Summary: Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

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.

National Career College

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

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.


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