The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services works out of Jefferson City. They maintain the certification for many healthcare workers, but medical assistants do not need to apply. They rely on the certification or registration awarded by the various national organizations which work in this area.
In preparing to enter this profession, it is important to look at areas such as quality educational programs, and recognized credentialing. When you plan to take this step be sure to look at the cost of this investment with respect to time, energy level, and tuition. Careful planning and thoughtful decision making will yield a higher level of long term success in this field which opens a variety of career paths to energetic practitioners.
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). Both of these groups are recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA). The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) requires continual in-service to maintain their national registration, which is not as well known as the other titles. Furthermore the AAMA has established curriculum requirements for education programs that guarantee that the student has every opportunity for success. Look for this recognition when you are choosing the program that will prepare you as a medical assistant.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes Anthem College in: Fenton, and Maryland Heights, Colorado Technical University in North Kansas City, Heritage University in Kansas City, Sanford-Brown College in Fenton, Hazelwood, and Saint Peters, and St. Louis College of Health Careers in Fenton and St. Louis.
Countless other institutions are available throughout the state that have yet to apply for these credentials: Bryan University – MW in Rogers, Brown Mackie College in St. Louis and Lenexa, Concorde Career College in Kansas City, Daymar College in Paducah, Heritage College in Kansas City, Kaplan University – Ground in St. Louis, Metro Business College in Arnold, Brazito, Cape Girardeau and Rolla, Missouri College in Des Peres, National American University in Independence, Kansas City and Lee’s Summit, Pinnacle Career Institute in North Kansas City and South Kansas City, Rasmussen College in Overland Park, Vatterott College in Saint Joseph, Vatterott Educational Centers in Joplin, Saint Joseph, Springfield, St. Louis (Berkeley/ Florissant), St. Louis (St. Charles), Sunset Hills and South St. Louis Area, WellSpring School of Allied Health in Kansas City, and Wichita Technical Institute in Joplin.
Remember, only your careful planning will ensure successful employment in this emerging career. 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.
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