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What are the educational requirements for becoming a Medical Assistant ?

What kind of training do I need to take to become a Medical Assistant?

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Aleah’s Answer

You’ll start by taking a 9 month Certified Medical Assistant program, which is often offered at a community college. This program is often offered primarily online with one day in person for skills lab (learning to draw blood, help with procedures, give shots, etc) so it is ideal if you are already working. You’ll earn your Skills Certificate in the first part of the program and your Professional Certificate in the second half. You’ll also complete a “capstone” which consists of 100-200 clinical hours (working in an actual medical office). Once you graduate with your Professional Certificate, you’ll have the option to continue and get your Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, which takes an additional year, but is well worth it! This can be completed entirely online and doesn’t require additional clinical hours. You can expect to make $15-$20 an hour once you have your Associate’s. You can then go on to get your Bachelor’s of Health Science, which I am working on right now, which can also be completed online, while enjoying a successful, fulfilling, money making career. I currently work in an Allergy and Asthma Clinic. I have also worked in Family Practice since becoming a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Good luck! Hit me up with any further questions as I am happy to answer! Hope this helps!
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Warren’s Answer

Graduate from a college or university that is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency approved by the US Department of Education. This program must be comprised of at least 720 hours of medical assistant training, including at least 160 hours in a clinical externship
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Ms.’s Answer

If you're living in the US, getting a certification is necessary. However, if you're working for the US remotely, you can simply undergo training once you've been hired. Don't worry if your background is in medicine, it's perfectly suitable for the job. Keep going, you're on the right track!
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