The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control takes the lead in protecting the health and well being of the citizens. Yet, it is the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners that actually regulates the healthcare practitioners. While Medical Assistants are unlicensed while their supervisors are licensed and held accountable for the professionalism of their work.
The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recognizes the medical assistant as an unlicensed member of the healthcare team when they set up guidelines for the practice of calling physician’s orders to suppliers. These guidelines show that these medical assistants ought to be delegated to other tasks which do not give the appearance that they are practicing medicine as defined by the state. 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.
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). 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 Aiken Technical College in Aiken, Central Carolina Technical College Sumter, Forrest Junior College in Anderson, Greenville Technical College in Greenville, Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, Miller-Motte Technical College in Charleston, and Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South University Online in Columbia, Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, and Trident Technical College in North Charleston.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes classes held at the ECPI University in Greenville, and North Charleston, Fortis College in Columbia, Brown Mackie College in Greenville, Virginia College in Greensville, Charlotte, Columbia, and Florence, and Forrest College in Anderson.
Some institutions have yet to apply for these valued credentials: South University in Columbia, Southeastern Institute in Charleston and Columbia, Virginia College in: Charleston, Columbia and Florence, Medical Careers Institute in Columbia and Greenville, and the Southeastern Institute in Charleston.
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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