There are two major types of Medical Assistants: Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistants.
Administrative Medical Assistants take care of administrative work; therefore, they mainly work in the reception or in an office room. Usually they do not directly handle or treat patients.
Clinical Medical Assistants directly work with patients. They work in general medical settings. Their duties vary by the state’s law.
Medical Assistant Schools
Medical Assistant students can explore various technical, vocational schools, community colleges located in various places. Medical Assistant students can also choose to study via online, at least partially. They usually study most of the medical assisting theories via online courses, but hands-on training would be covered by various authorized medical settings that offer practical training.
Aspiring Medical Assistant students study need to make sure that the Medical Assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Medical Assistant Admission Requirements
Some of the main admission requirements are listed below:
- High school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status
- Pass the educational institution’s admissions test
- Criminal / background record check (according to the Criminal Records Review Act)
Medical Assistant – Certification / Registration
Post their graduation Medical Assistants can choose either to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) or a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).
Medical Assistant Job Prospects
According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to increase up to 23% from 2014-2024