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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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Brightwood College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
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About Brightwood College

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.


Unitek College

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

San Joaquin Valley College

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


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.


National Career College

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

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

Valley College of Medical Careers

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Canoga Park
Programs:
  • Medical Assisting
Quick Summary:

About Valley College of Medical Careers

Valley College of Medical Careers is located in West Hills of the San Fernando Valley, CA. VCMC is the home of medical career training in Surgical Technology, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Assisting.

 


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.

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


Mayfield College

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

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