Medical Administrative Assistants

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Program

NAHCEU College of Allied Health is the foremost Allied Health Certification school in the country. Our Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Program offers working adults affordable and convenient online courses while delivering an excellent opportunity to increasing income potential and expand career possibilities. Your Undergraduate Certificate is a completed educational credential and academic credit towards NAHCEU College of Health Science Associate and Bachelor degree programs. After program completion students earn the NAHCEU Medical Administrative Assistant Undergraduate Certification and will be eligible to take the National Healthcareers Association's CMAA National Certification exam.

Medical Administrative Assistant Specialist Certification

Medical Administrative Assistant Specialization

Quick Facts: Medical Assistants
2012 Median Pay $29,370 per year
$14.12 per hour
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 560,800
Job Outlook, 2012-22 29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 162,900

Medical Assistants

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

Clinical Duties
  • Asepsis and infection control
  • Taking patient histories and vital signs
  • Performing first aid and CPR
  • Preparing patients for procedures
  • Assisting the physician with examinations and treatments
  • Collecting and processing specimens
  • Performing selected diagnostic tests
  • Preparing/administering medications under physician direction

Administrative medical assistants often fill out insurance forms or code patients’ medical information. They often answer telephones and schedule patient appointments. Assistants may work closely with hospital administrators and laboratory services. Some assistants buy and store supplies and equipment for the office.

Administrative medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing medical assistants' jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information online. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses. Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician's supervision. In larger practices or hospitals, medical assistants may specialize in either administrative or clinical work.

Work Schedules

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Medical assistants held about 560,800 jobs in 2012. Most of these assistants work in physicians’ offices and other health care facilities. In 2012, more than half of all medical assistants worked in physicians’ offices.

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,370 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,080, and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,570.

Prospects will be best for those with a Medical Assistant certification.

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median annual wage for medical assistants was $29,370 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,080, and the top 10 percent earned more than $41,570.

Prospects will be best for those with a Medical Assistant certification.

Most medical assistants work full time. Some work evenings or weekends to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22 is as follows:

Medical assistants 29%
Other health care support occupations 29%
Total, all occupations 11%

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics.


Adapted in part from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical Assistants,
on the Internet at (visited July 08, 2014).

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How To Become A Medical Administrative Assistant

High school students interested in a career as a medical assistant should take courses in biology, chemistry, and anatomy.

Medical assistants typically graduate from postsecondary education programs, and employers may prefer to hire assistants who have completed these programs. Programs for medical assisting are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities and take about 1 year to complete. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. Some community and junior colleges offer 2-year programs that lead to an associate’s degree. All programs have classroom and laboratory portions that include lessons in anatomy and medical terminology.

Some medical assistants have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their duties on the job.

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a medical assistant in most states. Some states require assistants to graduate from an accredited program, pass an exam, or both to do advanced tasks, such as taking x rays and giving injections.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, medical assistants are not required to be certified. However, employers prefer to hire certified assistants.

Several organizations offer certification. Some require the assistant to pass an exam, and others require graduation from an accredited program. In most cases, an applicant must be at least 18 years old before applying for certification.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor states that The National Commission for Certifying Agencies, part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, accredits five certifications for medical assistants:

  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant CCMA from the National health career Association (NHA)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant CMAA from the National health career Association (NHA)
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) from the American Association of Medical Assistants(AAMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) from American Medical Technologists
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) from the National Center for Competency Testing

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Medical Administrative Assistant Online Program

Our Online Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Program is an ideal opportunity for motivated and competent individuals ready for a an exciting new career change in the rewarding field of medical assisting.

The NAHCEU Online learning platform is conveniently available to use at your leisure 24 hours a day. The program is packed full of media-based activities and exercises, educational videos, simulations, class discussions and interactive activities powered by the with the most intuitive and easy to use learning system available today.


NAHCEU Online Program Features:

  • Immediate feedback and student instructor interaction with online assignments, quizzes and practice test and progress reports.
  • Students can access all their course materials, including the media-rich online textbook from any mobile phone or home computer.
  • NAHCEU Online CMAA Learning Platform with Ebook w/ Text Hard Copy.
  • Preparation for Certification boxes provide guidance to students by highlighting crucial content for the NHA (NCCA), CMA (AAMA), RMA (AMT), and CMAS certification examinations.
  • Certified Medical Assistant CMAA Exam online Study Guide.
  • Certified Medical Assistant CMAA Exam online Practice Test.
  • Combines the right mix of rich functionality and intuitive ease of use to enable rapid and complete clinical and clerical documentation.
  • Concept Check-ups follow each topic and break down learning outcomes into manageable subject material with unlimited practice before exams and quizzes.
  • Focal Points and key term definitions appear in the margins throughout the text to spotlight critical data necessary to master end-of-chapter review quizzes.
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Medical Administrative Assistant Program Course Curriculum

NAHCEU will accept transfer credit for traditional course work you have successfully completed as documented on an official transcript. Courses must be similar in nature to one of our undergraduate academic programs to receive transfer credit.

Major:
(4 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • The Profession of Medical Assisting
  • Types of Medical Practice
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Medical Practice, Including HIPAA
  • Communication with Patients, Families, and Coworkers
(4 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Office Work
  • Using and Maintaining Office Equipment
  • Using Computers in the Office
  • Managing Correspondence and Mail
  • Managing Office Supplies
  • Maintaining Patient Records
  • Managing the Office Medical Records
(4 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • Telephone Techniques
  • Scheduling Appointments and Maintaining the Physicians Schedule
  • Patient Reception
  • Patient Education
(4 Credits)
Learning Outcomes:
  • health care Insurance Billing Procedures
  • Medical Coding
  • Patient Billing and Collections
  • Accounting for the Medical Office
Certification

NAHCEU Medical Assistant Administrative Undergraduate Certification

NAHCEU Medical Assistant Administrative Undergraduate Certification tells your employer that you have receive the highest standards of Medical Administrative Assistant education and have met the educational requirements of the certifying bodies in your field. Our graduates receive the highest levels of credentials recognition required to pursue jobs in the high demanding field of Medical Assisting. After program completion your Medical Assistant Administrative Certification will be a stand-alone educational credential. It will also be an earned academic credit towards other certification or degree programs.

Medical Administrative Assistant National Certification CMAA

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Health Career Association, Inc. After program completion, students be eligible to take the National Healthcareers Association's Certified Medical Administrative Assistant National Certification exam.

NAHCEU is a training provider and agent for the NHA National Certification Exams accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and issues certifications through National Healthcareers Association, Inc.

In order to qualify as a candidate for NAHCEU Sponsored Certification Testing an individual must obtain one of the following:

  • NAHCEU Medical Assistant Administrative Specialization Undergraduate Certification
  • Be confirmed as a graduate of a recognized Medical Assistant Program or School.
  • Confirmed employment by a medical facility as a Medical Assistant for a minimum of 2 years.

Medical Administrative Assistant Certification

We strive to be the best online educational experience for health care professionals by delivering the highest quality standards of online health education at the most affordable tuition rates. All associated fees are included in the price of tuition.

All Tracks Online Learning Platform
Cost Per Credit $54
Number of Major Credits 16 credits
Total Tuition Cost $864.00

Tuition Compared To The Top Online Colleges

The highest quality standards of education comparable to the top online colleges. You pay significantly less per credit at NAHCEU.

Comparable Colleges Undergraduate Tuition Cost Per Credit
NAHCEU $63
Cost Per Credit Comparable Online Schools $250 - $609

NAHCEU offers 8 semester start dates per academic term giving you the convenience and flexibility to blend your continuing educational goals with your work and life schedule. You can conveniently utilize the NAHCEU technology based on-line learning platform at your leisure 24 hours a day. Start Next Semesters Online Health Education program anytime before the Enrollment Deadline.

September 1

2014 September Bi-Semester Start Date
September 1, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
August 29, 2014

October 6

2014 October Semester Start Date
October 6, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
October 3, 2014

November 17

2014 November Bi-Semester Start Date
November 17, 2014
Enrollment Deadline
November 14, 2014

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