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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Jefferson Middle School principal leaving mid-year for medical reasons - Madison.com

Madison.com

Jefferson Middle School principal leaving mid-year for medical reasons
Madison.com
Madison School District Superintendent Jen Cheatham announced Thursday that Issac Kirkwood, who has led Jefferson Middle School since 2015, will be leaving his job Nov. 10, with assistant principal Katrina Rice to serve as interim principal until a .

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Improved Training Necessary for Qualified Medical Assistants - Rheumatology Advisor

Rheumatology Advisor

Improved Training Necessary for Qualified Medical Assistants
Rheumatology Advisor
HealthDay News EUR” Qualified medical assistants can help primary care practices become more efficient, reduce patient wait times, and streamline patient processing, but their training may be lacking, according to an article published online in Medical .

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Methodist College Offers Programs for Medical Assistants - CIproud.com

CIproud.com

Methodist College Offers Programs for Medical Assistants
CIproud.com
The program is offered during nights and evenings to fit the needs of working students. The college is working to get accreditation so students can test to become a certified or registered medical assistant. Up to 22 credit hours can be transferred to .

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Silver Spring Jobs: Sous Chef, Medical Assistant, Music Therapist - Patch.com

Patch.com

Silver Spring Jobs: Sous Chef, Medical Assistant, Music Therapist
Patch.com
Businesses across the region are looking for new employees and Patch and Zip Recruiter have listed openings on our Silver Spring jobs board. By Cameron Luttrell (Patch Staff) - Updated Oct 24, 2017 9:00 am ET .

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Malawi: Mlare Health Centre Closes Down As Medical Assistant Goes On Holiday - AllAfrica.com

Malawi: Mlare Health Centre Closes Down As Medical Assistant Goes On Holiday
AllAfrica.com
Karonga EUR” Communities surrounding Mlare Health Centre will need to dig deep into their pockets to pay for transport to reach other health facilities as Mlare is reportedly closed down because the sole Medical Assistant is on holiday. Health Advisory .

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Medical Assistants and Technicians: What Can They Do, Legally? - Medscape

Medscape

Medical Assistants and Technicians: What Can They Do, Legally?
Medscape
After Medscape Nurses posted Can I Delegate This Task to a Medical Assistant?, many readers submitted additional questions about the role of medical assistants. What can medical assistants do, legally? How about medical technicians? Given that .

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Quanisha Madison: Overcoming a fear of failure is key to success - Gainesville Sun

Gainesville Sun

Quanisha Madison: Overcoming a fear of failure is key to success
Gainesville Sun
Or, how do you see yourself in a few years? I attended Gainesville Job Corps, where I gained skills in becoming a medical assistant and even gained certifications. I was trying to find a job in the medical field even though it wasn't something that .

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AAMA Elects Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), as Secretary-Treasurer - Markets Insider

AAMA Elects Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), as Secretary-Treasurer
Markets Insider
CINCINNATI, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) met in Cincinnati, Ohio for its 61st Annual Conference. Patty Licurs, CMA (AAMA), was elected as the 2017EUR2019 AAMA Secretary-Treasurer. In this capacity .

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Lake Land College celebrates Medical Assistant Month - Shelbyville Daily Union

Shelbyville Daily Union

Lake Land College celebrates Medical Assistant Month
Shelbyville Daily Union
This fall marks the first class of students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at Lake Land College. The program offers two options to train for a growing field within the rapidly expanding healthcare industry. In this program students are .

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Flu cases confirmed early in Janesville - Janesville Gazette

Janesville Gazette

Flu cases confirmed early in Janesville
Janesville Gazette
Certified medical assistant Jen Sampson draws flu vaccine into a syringe before injecting a patient at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Janesville on Thursday. 1. of. 3. Anthony Wahl. Certified medical assistant Jen Sampson draws flu vaccine into a .

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