The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health completed their strategic plan last December 2013. In this document they assert that the medical assistant has been shown to be a key component to developing a successful health care team. They have not yet been surveyed about their actual work environments, but will be soon. The plan noted that many training programs are already in place to enable them to contribute to outcome-focused inter-professional team-based care delivery.
Beginning the process of becoming a medical assistant starts with finding an academic setting to get the basics and practice the necessary protocols. The three national federations of medical assistants have separate requirements. 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).
These are some of the programs. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognises the programs at Berks Technical Institute in Wyomissing, Everest Institute in Pittsburgh, Bradford School in Pittsburgh, Butler County Community College in Butler, Central Pennsylvania College in Summerdale, Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Community College of Allegheny County in West Mifflin, Community College of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College in Media, Greater Altoona Career and Technical Center in Altoona, Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, McCann School of Business and Technology in Dickson City, Hazelton, Pottsville, and Sunbury, Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in Washington, Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, YTI Career Institute in Altoona, Lancaster and Mechanicsburg,
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes offerings of Sanford-Brown Institute in Pittsburgh, Trevose, and Wilkins Township, Institute of Medical Careers in Pittsburgh, South Hills School of Business and Technology in State College, Altoona, and Lewiston, Fortis College in Forty Fort, / Scranton, and Erie. Both of these national accrediting organizations have approved of the curriculum at Tri-State Business Institute in Erie.
Countless other institutions are available throughout the state that have yet to apply for these credentials: Kaplan Career Institute in Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Lincoln Technical Institute in Allentown, Anthem Institute in Springfield, Career Training Academy in Monroeville, New Kensington and North Hills, Harris School in Upper Darby, Kaplan College in Broomall, Keystone Technical Institute in Harrisburg, Lansdale School of Business in North Wales, Laurel Business Institute in Meadville, Sharon and Uniontown, Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology in Mt Braddock, Star Career Academy in Norristown and Philadelphia, Ross Medical Education Center in Niles, Kaplan University – KHE in Hagerstown, and All-State Career – Allied Health in Essington.
Remember, only your careful planning will ensure successful employment in this emerging career. 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. 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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