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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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Concorde

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
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Quick Summary:

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.


Pima Medical Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Chula Vista
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
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Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.


Everest College

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

Allied Schools

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Laguna Hills
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician Program
  • Medical Coding
  • More
Quick Summary: Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help!

Intercoast Colleges

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

Kaplan College - KHE

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

Heald College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • More
Quick Summary:

Heald College provides hands-on educational programs that can help students prepare for careers in the healthcare, business, legal and technology fields.


Milan Institute

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

WyoTech

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Long Beach
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical General
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
Quick Summary: Gear up for a better future at WyoTech.

Anthem College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Sacramento
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant Technician- DIP
  • Medical Front Office and Billing - DIP
  • Pharmacy Technician - DIP
  • More
Quick Summary: Take the first step toward a rewarding career at Anthem College.

American Career College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Dental Assisting
  • More
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.


Platt College

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

Keiser University

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

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!

Carrington College California

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

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