Choosing a Medical Assistant Program

In order to work as a medical assistant, you will need the proper education and training. It is important to choose a medical assistant program that fits with your lifestyle, is accredited, and offers the training you need for your chosen profession. Many two year colleges have medical assistant degree programs. You may also want to check with any local trade, technical or vocational schools which sometimes have day and evening classes for adults. While finances is definitely an issue when selecting a program, accreditation is the most important thing.

Unless you graduate from one of the many accredited medical assistant programs out there it is unlikely you will ever find work in this field. Luckily, the vast majority of schools and even many distance learning programs are accredited. This is also important after graduation if you want to take your certification test. This is highly recommended, even by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the most prestigious and trusted association for this career field. You can learn more about them, and the certification exam, on their site. This exam is only given three times annually.

The sooner after graduation that you take your certification exam the better, because you will still remember what you learned in school. While you are still in school, aim to get an internship with a medical office that interests you. Internships give you on the job experience working with a medical assistant and his or her supervisor. In this job field much of the learning is accomplished by hands-on training. Also, an internship can help you find jobs and looks great on your resume, as does certification.

There are all kinds of medical assistant programs from which you can choose. Make a list of the educational facilities you are considering and look over each one in more detail. In addition to accreditation, you need to learn how long the course is, what the curriculum is and of course how much the program costs. If you cannot pay for your medical assistant program you can often get help from student grants, loans and even financing programs. Then there are also scholarships for qualifying students. At any accredited school there should be a financial aid department that can help you make your educational dreams a reality without putting you in the poorhouse.

 



 

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Great Bay Community College's new classroom is set up as model doctor's office - The Union Leader

The Union Leader

Great Bay Community College's new classroom is set up as model doctor's office
The Union Leader
Chad MacLennan of HCA Physician Services Group says GBCC has always prepared their medical assistant and medical office specialist students to enter the health care field immediately following classroom time and that he is consistently impressed.

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Brattleboro hospital and CCV awarded grant to continue accelerated medical assistant program - vtdigger.org

Brattleboro hospital and CCV awarded grant to continue accelerated medical assistant program
vtdigger.org
Medical Assistants (MAs) support clinicians by preparing patients for their exams, performing basic laboratory tests, and documenting patients' medical histories, among other clinical responsibilities. By providing these much needed services, Medical .

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Vantage Ohio Technical Center Medical Assistant Pinning Ceremony - West Bend News

West Bend News

Vantage Ohio Technical Center Medical Assistant Pinning Ceremony
West Bend News
The Ohio Technical Center (OTC) Adult Education at Vantage Career Center recently held their Medical Assistant pinning ceremony for seven students in the Medical Assistant program. These students completed 1,000 clock hours, approximately 13 months, .

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Health Matters: What is a Medical Assistant? - NBC2 News

NBC2 News

Health Matters: What is a Medical Assistant?
NBC2 News
She found her passion as a medical assistantEUR”a job that was just supposed to get her foot in the door. After 17 years she says the patients and many job requirements are what made her stay. EURœI just found that I really enjoyed what I was doing, so I .

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BTC Medical Assistant students prepare with externship experience - Bolivar Herald-Free Press

Bolivar Herald-Free Press

BTC Medical Assistant students prepare with externship experience
Bolivar Herald-Free Press
EURœOne of the benefits of having an externship is that I get to ease my way into this new role as a medical assistant and have support every step of the way. The staff was beyond welcoming and they all have been open to answering my questions and helping .

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BMH and CCV awarded grant to continue accelerated medical assistant program - Vermont Biz

BMH and CCV awarded grant to continue accelerated medical assistant program
Vermont Biz
This grant will provide support for the College to Career Program, BMH and Community College of Vermont's accelerated Medical Assistant training program, and will strengthen the variety of population health services and programs in the Brattleboro area.

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Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado's growing demand for medical assistants - The Denver Post

The Denver Post

Apprenticeship program aims to meet Colorado's growing demand for medical assistants
The Denver Post
Facing a growing demand for workers, Centennial-based Centura Health has teamed up with Arapahoe Community College to create a new apprenticeship program for medical assistants in hopes of creating a pipeline of employees. The six-month program, .
Centura partners with community college to train workersBizWest

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BFD to hold medical benefit for assistant chief - Beaumont Enterprise

BFD to hold medical benefit for assistant chief
Beaumont Enterprise
The Beaumont Fire Department will be hosting a medical benefit for Assistant Fire Chief Chris Singler, according to information from the department. The event will be held on September 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Fire Headquarters.

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Medical Assistants Nationwide Gather in Salt Lake City, Utah - PR Newswire (press release)

Medical Assistants Nationwide Gather in Salt Lake City, Utah
PR Newswire (press release)
30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical assistants from across the country will meet Sept. 14EUR17 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to discuss trends that affect one of the nation's fastest-growing careers. Sessions at the 62nd Annual Conference of the American .

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OUS offering two medical assistant classes - Huntington Herald Dispatch

OUS offering two medical assistant classes
Huntington Herald Dispatch
The two courses will begin this fall and include the clinical medical assistant program and medical administrative assistant program, according to a news release from OUS. Students in these two courses will not earn Ohio University credit, will not .

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