Idaho residents are considering careers as medical assistants because of the career advancement opportunities in this medical specialty. Whether you are new to the job market, or recently laid off because of the economy, consider these points while you make up your mind. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare does not have requirements for medical assistants who work under the supervision of physicians in the state. Employers, however, prefer those who are certified by a national organization.
The healthcare system in the United States is changing rapidly as more citizens are able to access the care they need. This opens an incredible opportunity for men and women of every age to become medical assistants. 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. To take advantage of this development, you can start to develop an understanding of the expectations of those clinics, practices, and offices where medical assistants are an integral part of the care team. They work closely with both the administrative requirements of the practice as well as with the clients in need of care. Think about how rewarding it is to ease the suffering of those who are hurting when you consider becoming a medical assistant.
In preparing to enter this profession, you really want to be sure you participate in a quality educational program. When they offer an accredited credentialing it is easier for you to approach the national boards that certify you or register you in the medical assistant field. The cost of this investment with respect to time, energy level, and tuition needs attention as well. Careful planning and thoughtful decision making in the beginning improves your success long term.
Starting with credentials for the medical assistants, newcomers to the field usually get an associate’s degree from a recognized program offered at a reputable institution. When this degree is completed, there are three possible tests to verify one’s skill level. 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). The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) requires continual in-service to maintain their national registration, which is not as well known as the other titles. 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.
In the state of Idaho there are programs offered at a variety of colleges and universities. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) recognises the programs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Lewis-Clark State College located in Lewiston, Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls, and Idaho State University in Pocatello. The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) recognizes the curriculum at Brown Mackie College and at Carrington College both located in Boise.
These schools with campuses in Idaho are only half the story. Contemporary technology has expanded online programs in this emerging field. In your own planning process, you will want to evaluate their qualifications, requirements and costs as well. The quality of planning you put into your decision will show itself when you are hired as a medical assistant and learn to make yourself indispensable to the practice that employs you.
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