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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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Lincoln College of Technology

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Locations:
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Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
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Lincoln Technical Institute

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Programs:
  • Medical Assistant Technology
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ITT Technical Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • AS - Medical Assisting and Administration
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Remington College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • AAS in Clinical Medical Assisting
  • Diploma in Medical Assisting
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Westwood College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting (D)
  • Medical Assisting (A)
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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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Computer Systems Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Healthcare Career Program - Clinical Track
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Fortis Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting - Diploma
  • Medical Assistant
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At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career.

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Pima Medical Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
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Career Technical College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Monroe
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting - Associate in Occupational Studies
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Career Technical College (CTC) can help get you from here to a new career!


Vatterott College

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Programs:
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Vatterott College is dedicated to providing students opportunities to gain the hands-on skills necessary to achieve their educational goals.

Carrington College

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Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
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Argosy University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Saint Paul
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting (AAS)
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Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.


Kaplan College - KHE

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Programs:
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Everest College

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Programs:
  • Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assistant
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