In Virginia the Department of Health Professions (DHP) documents the working of the Commonwealths’ 13 health regulatory boards and the Board of Health Professions. It outlines a brief synopsis of the work of the boards to license and regulate Virginia’s 350,000 healthcare practitioners across 80 professions. Each board works “To ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to healthcare practitioners and the public.” The Board of Medicine covers 13 caregivers while the board of nursing covers another seven. Medical assistants are not included so they remain unlicensed medical professionals.
The Virginia DHP works to ensure safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to healthcare practitioners and the public. Because the medical assistant works closely with the service team and the clients, this unlicensed professional caregiver with excellent communication skills will find ample opportunities for career advancement and lifelong learning.
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). 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 American National University in Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Roanoke Valley and Northern Virginia Center, National College in Bluefield, Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville and Salem, and Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes several Virginia programs.
Medical Careers Institute of ECPI University in Manassas, Newport News, Richmond, Roanoke and Virginia Beach, Everest College in Chesapeake, Newport News and Woodbridge, Fortis College in Norfolk and Richmond, Sanford-Brown College McLean and Vienna and Skyline College in Roanoke.
Throughout the Virginia some schools have yet to apply for these credentials: Medical Careers Institute in Newport News, and Richmond (South Side), Virginia Beach, South University in Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia College in Richmond, Kaplan College in Chesapeake, Miller-Motte Technical College in Lynchburg, Salvation Academy in Alexandria and Lynchburg, Westwood College in Annandale and Arlington, Skyline College in Roanoke, Kaplan University – KHE in Hagerstown and the ITT Technical Institutes in Norfolk.
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 based 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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