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.
With 12 campuses in eight states and an extensive online presence, Herzing provides career-focused educational opportunities to students nationwide. They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and they offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in technology, business, healthcare, and public safety. Upon completion of the medical assistance certificate program, graduates are trained in both administrative and clinical duties and fully eligible to take the Registered MA exam. The school participates in FAFSA and also offers private scholarships to help defray costs.
Begun in Davenport, IA as the American Institute of Commerce in 1937, with a limited curriculum and course offerings, Kaplan has grown to become an educational institution that offers innovative programs in continuing education, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university offers an associates of applied science in medical assisting that enables graduates to seek careers assisting, facilitating, and coordinating patient care. Graduates are prepared to assume positions in physician’s offices, hospitals, and care facilities throughout the healthcare sector. Financial aid is available and awarded based on the FAFSA application.
Keiser’s 20 Florida campuses, as well as the school’s online presence, are all accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College and grant certificates, associate’s, bachelor’s and graduate degrees. This associate of science degree requires students to attend classes at one of 14 Florida Campuses. Graduates are qualified to perform various medical assisting duties under the supervision of a doctor or practitioner. Students receive training in taking vital signs, injections, venipuncture, laboratory assistance, x-rays and more. Administrative training enables graduates to maintain patient records, perform billing, and process insurance claims. Financial aid may be applied for using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA.
From their home campuses in Clearwater and Tampa, FL, UMA offers MA diplomas and associate degrees. Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, students participate in a rigorous program that prepares them for careers across the healthcare field. Graduates of the diploma and AAS programs are able to work in administrative and clinical environments. Students learn to take vital signs, gather medical histories and assist physicians and other professionals. While completion of coursework enables graduates to begin their careers in entry level-positions, they are encouraged to sit for the Registered MA and Certified MA Exams. UMA uses FAFSA to determine financial aid awards.