In Wisconsin it is the Department of Safety and Professional Services that licenses the health professionals. While this department regulates a couple hundred different types of credentials, it does not register medical assistants. The department also provides centralized administrative services for the boards, councils, and advisory committees that take varying levels of responsibility and professional oversight based on statutory provisions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, new careers as a medical assistant are increasing at a rate three times the rate for other jobs on the average.
Those becoming medical assistants must understand the expectations of those clinics, practices, and offices that have these openings. 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).
These are some of the programs. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognises the programs at Bryant and Stratton College in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, Blackhawk Technical College in Beloit, Janesville, and Monroe, Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Concordia University-Wisconsin in Mequon and Milwaukee, Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, Gateway Technical College in Elkhorn, and Racine, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College in Hayward, Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Mid-State Technical College in Marshfield, Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Moraine Park Technical College in Fond Du Lac, Nicolet Area Technical College in Rhinelander, Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Western Technical College in La Crosse and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond and Superior,
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes Herzing University in Madison and Milwaukee, Anthem College in Brookfield and Milwaukee, Globe University in Eau Claire, Madison and Middleton, Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Milwaukee Career College in Milwaukee and Sanford-Brown College in Milwaukee and West Allis.
Several educational programs throughout the state that have yet to apply for these credentials: Everest College in Milwaukee, First Institute in Crystal Lake, Globe University in Appleton. Kaplan College in Milwaukee, Kaplan University – Ground in Milwaukee, National American University in Burnsville, Rasmussen College in Appleton, Green Bay, Lake Elmo and Wausau.
When you are planning to take this step look at the cost of this investment with respect to time, energy level, and tuition. Your thoughtful decision making will yield a higher level of long term success in this field. 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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