Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
1. How to become a medical assistant?
To begin the process of turn out to be a medical assistant, it is advised that you attend an NHA affiliated post-secondary institution to receive formal medical assistant training, such as a vocational school or technical institute. Most training programs will lead to a certificate or a diploma, but some offer more extensive medical training, which lead to an associate degree.
2. How do I enter medical assistant training school?
Most medical assisting training institute require you to have graduated from a recognized high school, or a U.S. Department of Education-accepted equivalent (i.e. G.E.D.). Most schools will have you apply to begin the process of enrolling in the program. Be sure to reach out to your chosen school’s admissions staff for guidance through your application process.
3. How long does it take to become a medical assistant?
If your program outcome is a certificate or diploma, most of these programs can be completed in a year or less. If you’re working towards your associate degree in medical assisting, it may take around two years to complete your program.
4. How do I pick the right medical assistant training program?
Medical Assisting programs come in many different shapes and sizes, so the best option is just to find right program that offers class schedules that will fit into your life. Additionally, you may want to consider whether you’d like a diploma/certificate program, or an associate’s degree program, as they do vary by program length.
5. How do I find an appropriate medical assisting program?
Please visit an Institute Website or state-based page to find a school that matches your interests and request more information. When you’re contacted by a school admissions representative, be sure to ask them which government body their school is affiliated with, as well as some questions like:
- How long does the program take to complete?
- What types of classes will I be taking?
- Is this a certificate, diploma, or degree program?
- Are there financial aid options available?
- Does your program offer an externship or any type of clinical training?
6. Is medical assisting a good career choice?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020. This is six percent more growth than growth of all other healthcare support occupations. From these statistics, it appears that job outlook for medical assisting is very positive and will continue to be a growing and stable career field.
7. How long does it take to find a job as a CCMA?
This can vary by location, qualifications and specialization; however, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that there are an increasing number of primary care facilities in need medical assistants to help doctors maintain their practices. With a projected increase of 31 percent in the medical assistant career field, medical assisting jobs should be readily available.
8. How much is an average medical assistant salary?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of medical assistants was $30,780 in 2013. This breaks down to an average earning of $14.80 per hour. The top 10 percent of certified medical assistants earned more than $40,000 per year.
9. Where can I learn how to become a certified medical assistant?
While medical assistants are not required to be certified, employers tend to hire certified assistants, so becoming a certified medical assistant may be a very smart career move.
10. Where do medical assistants work?
Medical assistants can work in a variety of settings, such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals, or other professional health offices, such as chiropractic or optometrist offices.
11. What does a medical assistant do?
A medical assistant’s job can vary depending on the state in which you work (due to legal guidelines, which may vary by state) and the type of setting that you work in. However, a medical assistant’s job duties can include:
- Administrative work (greeting clients, filing paperwork, scheduling appointments, arrange for laboratory services, etc.)
- Taking a patient’s vitals
- Preparing patients for exams
- Performing basic laboratory tests
- Assist the physician with routine procedures.
- Blood draw skills and EKG skills
12. Do medical assistants draw blood, or give shots?
Yes, Medical assistant can draw blood because they study PHLEBOTOMY as an individual module in CCMA curriculum. During PHLEBOTOMY module, they learn hands-on training to draw blood.