The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services does not regulate medical assistants because the legislature had not asked for it. They do regulate administering medicine generally restricting it to those who are licensed. Even with the typical national registration they are limited in the healthcare they can provide. The medical assistant must have the proper authority to provide nursing or medical tasks. In this delegation the physician or nurse assumes the responsibility for the tasks they delegate.
In preparing to enter this profession, it is important to look at areas such as quality educational programs, and recognized credentialing which differ based on where one intends to practice. Furthermore, the person planning to take this step needs 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.
Starting with credentials for the medical assistants, newcomers to the field need to complete schoolwork before joining a national organization to certify or register them. 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 Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognises the programs at Central Community College in Hastings, Kaplan University in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Kaplan University – Ground in Lincoln, and Omaha, Metropolitan Community College in Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha, and South Omaha.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes the curriculum at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha and Vatterott College in Omaha and Saint Joseph. Several other institutions are available throughout the state that have yet to apply for these credentials. The Institute of Business & Medical Careers in Cheyenne and New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Omaha.
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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