The North Carolina Medical Board exists to regulate medicine and surgery for “the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina.” This 12 member board is appointed by the governor. Eight members are licensed doctors and the remaining four represent health care and the general public. They make little mention of medical assistants but do guide the practice of those they license. Because the medical assistant works closely with the service team and the clients, this professional caregiver with excellent communication skills will find ample opportunities for career advancement and regular salary increases.
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).Look for this recognition when you are choosing the program that will prepare you as a medical assistant.
Nearly every community college has their curriculum accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) look for the one in your area from this list: Alamance Community College in Graham, Brookstone College of Business in Charlotte and Greensboro, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in Concord, Carteret Community College in Morehead City, Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, Central Piedmont Community College in Matthews, College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Craven Community College in New Bern, Davidson County Community College in Lexington, Durham Technical Community College in Durham, Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, Gaston College in Dallas, Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, Haywood Community College in Clyde, James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville, Johnston Community College in Smithfield, Johnston Community College in Smithfield, King’s College in Charlotte, Lenoir Community College in Kinston, Martin Community College in Williamston, Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, Miller-Motte College in Cary, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville and Wilmington, Mitchell Community College in Mooresville, Montgomery Community College in Troy, Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, Pamlico Community College in Grantsboro, Piedmont Community College in Roxboro, Richmond Community College in Hamlet, South College in Asheville, South Piedmont Community College in Polkton, Stanly Community College in Albemarle, Surry Community College in Dobson, Tri-County Community College in Murphy, Vance-Granville Community College in Louisburg, Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton and Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes the classes at the ECPI University in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Across North Carolina some programs have yet to apply for these credentials: Medical Careers Institute in Charlotte, / Concord and Greensboro, Southeastern Institute in Charlotte, Kaplan College in Charlotte, Medical Arts School in Raleigh, Pitt Community College in Greenville and Virginia College in Greensboro.
Remember, only your careful planning will ensure successful employment in this emerging career. While this summary focuses on getting your training at a traditional campus, take a look at the increasing number of online schools across the country that are developing online programs to prepare you as a medical assistant.
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