Top Online Medical Assistant Schools for 2017

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants (MAs) and medical assisting careers are expected to increase by 29% through 2022, a rate well above the national average for all fields. MAs perform both clinical and administrative tasks in a variety of healthcare environments. Responsibilities and duties vary and are dependent upon the location and specialty of the practice and include: measuring vital signs, assisting with examinations, giving injections and overseeing administrative tasks.

Employment in this field requires either a certificate or associate’s degree in medical assisting from an accredited institution. MAs are not required to be certified in most states, but certification improves marketability. The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) offers a Certified MA credential, and the American Medical Technologists offers a Registered Medical Assistant Credential for those who pass the required examination. Median pay for this profession is $29,370 or $14.12 per hour for full-time employees. The top 10 percent of MAs earned $41,570 per year, and the lowest 10 percent earned $21,080.

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