The Department of Licensing and Regulation in the state of Michigan provides an extensive description of the medical assistants work, their integration into the healthcare team and the typical working conditions in the private and government sector of the state. They do not register these workers, but recognize and mention the two most well-known national associations.
When your class work is finished the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests these organizations approve your accomplishments. The title certified medical assistant is awarded by the American Association of Medical Assistant (AAMA) while the title registered is given by the American Medical Technologists (AMT). Some Michigan schools offer these programs. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognises the programs at Alpena Community College in Alpena, Baker College in Allen Park, Auburn Hills, Cadillac, Clinton Township, Flint, Jackson, Muskegon, Owosso and Port Huron, Carnegie Institute in Troy, Davenport University in Battle Creek, Caro, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Everest Institute in Dearborn, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Southfield, Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Jackson College in Jackson, Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Mid Michigan Community College in Harrison, Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Oakland Community College in Waterford, and Schoolcraft College in Garden City.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes these programs: Everest Institute in Dearborn, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Southfield and the one Ross Medical Education Center offers in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Davison, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Madison Heights, New Baltimore, Port Huron, Portage, Roosevelt Park, Saginaw, and Taylor.
Some institutions have yet to apply for these credentials: Kaplan Career Institute in Detroit, South University in Novi, Career Quest Learning Centers in Jackson, Kalamazoo and Lansing, Detroit Business Institute – Downriver in Riverview, Dorsey Schools in Farmington and Roseville, Sanford-Brown College in Dearborn and Grand Rapids, Globe University in Green Bay, Rasmussen College in Wausau, Dorsey Schools in Wayne, and San Joaquin Valley College in Visalia.
While this summary focuses on getting your training at a traditional school, take a look at the increasing number of schools across the country that are developing online programs to prepare you as a medical assistant. The changing landscape of healthcare in the United States offers an incredible opportunity to men and women of every age to become medical assistants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, new careers as a medical assistant are increasing at a rate three times the rate for other jobs on the average. Remember, only your careful planning will ensure successful employment in this emerging career.
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