Students seeking a medical assisting degree should take the time to thoroughly research the programs they are considering. One of the easiest and surest ways to ensure a program delivers a high quality education is to determine if it is accredited. To learn more about the types of accreditation available in this field, as well as the range of careers options, we have compiled this short guide. For more information on schools offering online medical assisting degrees, check out our comprehensive database of medical assisting programs.
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Many schools that tout accreditation have only general accreditation that certifies an entire college or university but does not vouch for any specific program. Program accreditation that specifically certifies a degree is a much better indication that the program meets the curricula and skill requirements desired in the field. In medical assisting, only two types of accreditation are recognized by the American Association of Medical Assistants, the body that offers the Certified Medical Assistant certificate (CMA), and they are as follows:
In 2012, over 550,000 medical assistants were employed in doctors’ offices and healthcare facilities across the United States. Graduates from accredited programs find employment as both administrative and clinical assistants and work in a wide range of facilities and offices.
|WORK ENVIRONMENT||NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT||MEAN HOURLY WAGE*||MEAN ANNUAL WAGE*||Physicians Offices||332,900||$14.12||$29,370||Private Hospitals||60,100||$14.12||$29,370||Outpatient Care Centers||35,500||$14.12||$29,370||Chiropractors Offices||24,200||$14.12||$29,370||Optometrists Offices||15,200||$14.12||$29,370|
Figures from the data table are from the downloadable XLS file found at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
*Mean hourly and annual wages are provided only for the general classification, “Medical Assistants,” and are not calculated for the individual offices and locations where they work.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
Some of the top schools in medical assisting now also offer the degree online. Whether at the certificate or associate degree level, some schools will require a nominal amount of time to be spent at the institution, so review the program and school requirements carefully.
Allied Health Institute
Plantation, Florida / Online
Institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), the Allied Health Institute offers a firm grounding in the full range of knowledge and skills medical assistants need to develop. In its online program, an Associate of Science degree that meets all of the requirements to take the Certified Medical Assistant certificate exam is offered. Students also benefit from a wide array of career services including job search assistance and virtual job fairs. Active duty service members, veterans and military spouses can easily access resources to help them determine eligibility for benefits.
Indianapolis, Indiana / Online
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), Harrison College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree at many of its campuses, as well as online. Students develop skills in all aspects of the field including clinical practices, laboratory procedures, insurance and medical office software. A Medical Assistant Externship, providing the opportunity to hone real-world skills in a supervised setting, is also offered. Harrison students also benefit from over $500,000 of academic, military and need-based scholarships.
National American University
Austin, Texas / Online
National American University offers an Associate of Applied Science Medical Administrative Assistant degree through its online campus. Accredited by CAAHEP, this program focuses on the office management side of medical assisting. Students develop knowledge and skills in the areas of billing, scheduling, medical transcriptions, collections and compliance. Comprehensive online career services, including a virtual job board, is supplemented with access to placement professionals at National American’s regional campuses.
A large number of brick-and-mortar schools offer medical assisting degrees. Although these top quality institutions frequently offer online courses and programs, their medical assisting degrees listed below are earned on campus.
Cincinnati State Technical Community College
Accredited through the CAAHEP, the Medical Assistant Certificate offered through Cincinnati State can be completed in three semesters. This on-campus program covers laboratory procedures, medical terminology, pharmacology and medical coding. Students take advantage of supplemental learning resources including tutoring and a writing center. An externship that provides the opportunity for real world experience is required prior to graduation.
El Paso Community College
El Paso, Texas
In this two-year Medical Assisting Technology program, students develop a wide range of skills to enable them to become integral members of a health care team. In addition to office procedures like bookkeeping and medical records, students learn medical practices including phlebotomy and electrocardiology. Accredited by the CAAHEP, graduates of this on-campus program are qualified to sit for the CMA and benefit from an active job placement program provided through its Career Services office.
Portland Community College
Offering a Medical Assisting Certificate, this on-campus program is accredited by the CAAHEP. Taking only one-year, students develop skills in clinical procedures like phlebotomy, as well as necessary office practices including medical coding and electronic health records. A required clinical practicum gives students the opportunity to gain experience in an office setting.