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How do you become a medical assistant?

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Hilda according to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), aspiring medical assistants must graduate from a 2-year associate's degree program in medical assistance. Graduates will be qualified to take the AAMA certification exam to become Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs); the certification must be renewed every five years. This course also opens up the widest path for future advancement; however, students wishing to enter the workforce more quickly may pursue a 1-year medical assistance program through a vocational school to receive a diploma or certificate, at which point they will be qualified for most entry-level medical assistant jobs.

Medical assistants often provide the first and last impressions of a physician's practice to the patient, so they should have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues alike. An accredited medical assistance degree program will include coursework to impart essential knowledge in topics like human anatomy, medical terminology, insurance procedures, and pharmacology.

Medical assistance is among the fastest growing fields, with employment expected to grow 23% over the period 2018-2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Increasing employment of medical office assistants is connected with the expansion of the healthcare industry due to medical advancements and an aging population. The average Medical Assistant salary in the United States is $36,300 as of October 28, 2020, but the range typically falls between $33,500 and $39,000. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

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DENTAL ASSISTANT – Those interested in dental assisting will find similar education options to medical assistants; certification requirements vary by state. The duties are also similar, but take place in a dental office setting. Much faster-than-average employment growth of 19% was projected by the BLS from 2018-20286 for this career, with an annual median salary of $38,500 reported in 2020.
PHARMACY TECHNICIAN – Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals and pharmacies, filling prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist and waiting on customers. Some states require a formal training program with an exam, but other techs learn their skills on the job. In 2020, the BLS reported an annual median salary of $32,700; the bureau expected a faster-than-average job increase of 12% during the 2018-2028 decade.

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Helene (Eleni)’s Answer

You must enroll in a specific program that allows you to become certified with the proper training. Some of these are even offered online.