Medical Assistant Certification For Widening Employment Opportunities

Medical Assistant Certification prepares students for a wide range of duties such as laboratory duties, patient care, computer and office tasks and other responsibilities.

To be eligible for medical assistant certification, the candidate must graduate from a medical assistant training program that is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

Although Medical assistants are not required by law to be licensed or certified, medical assistants opt to become certified because most employers require medical assistant certification to perform specific job such as performing x-rays or drawing blood. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunities are better for certified medical assistants. The most recognized medical assistant certifications are offered by The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Health career Association (NHA).

Some medical assistant certificate programs focus on administrative skills and medical procedures while others focus on laboratory and clinical practices. Some of the courses offered by medical assistant certificate programs are as given below:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Medical insurance, billing and coding
  • Clinical techniques
  • Medical office computer skills
Phlebotomy, radiologist technician and medical coding certifications are some of the certifications useful for medical assistants.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the medical assisting stream is considered to be one of the nation's fastest growing professions. The average salary for medical assistants is USD 29,060.

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