The New York State government has several departments that address the role of medical assistant. Their education board in outlining the role of nurses has clear guidelines about what tasks can be delegated to the unlicensed medical assistant. The civil service has examinations specifically for medical assistants to work in state facilities. The City University of New York has published an extensive review covering a decade of graduates from their medical assistant program.
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.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) approves the curriculum offered at these institutions: Bryant & Stratton College in Albany, Amherst, Buffalo, Greece, Henrietta, Orchard Park, Rochester, Syracuse North and Syracuse, Elmira Business Institute in Elmira and Vestal, ASA College in Brooklyn, Plaza College in Jackson Heights, Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute in Binghamton and Poughkeepsie, SBI Campus-Melville in Melville, SUNY-Broome Community College in Binghamton, SUNY-Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, Trocaire College in Buffalo, and Wood Tobe-Coburn School in New York.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) has given accreditation to these programs: Mandl School, The College of Allied Health in New York, Sanford-Brown Institute in Garden City, New York and White Plains, St. Paul’s School of Nursing has campuses in Queens and Staten Island, New Life Business Institute is located in Jamaica
Many other institutions are available throughout the state that have yet to apply for these credentials.
Allen School in Brooklyn, Jamaica and Queens, Anthem Institute in Manhattan, Branford Hall Career Institute in Bohemia, Central Career School in South Plainfield, Everest Institute in Rochester, Hunter Business School in Levittown and Medford, Lincoln Technical Institute in Edison, Mildred Elley in Albany and New York, New York School For Medical & Dental Assistants in Astoria, Star Career Academy in New York, Suburban Tech in Hempstead, SUNY-Erie Community College in Williamsville, Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York, and the College of Westchester in White Plains.
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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