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Medical Assistant Certificate Programs

Medical assistant certificate programs are a quick, relatively simple education option for someone seeking to become a medical assistant.

Medical assistant certificates are offered by most medical assistant schools including junior colleges, career schools and universities. They are usually designed to supplement an existing degree. Certificate programs are often the first choice for professionals in other fields who wish to become medical assistants.

Medical Assisting Certificate Curriculum

Unlike associate’s degree programs which contain some general education course material, the course curriculum for medical assistant certificates focuses mostly on core courses in medical assisting. These include lecture-based classes in medical knowledge as well as hands-on courses with a patient-care focus.

A typical certificate program in medical assisting might contain courses like:

For example, the certificate program at Kaplan University contains beginning and advanced levels of anatomy and physiology, as well as beginning and advanced levels of clinical competency classes.

Benefits of the Medical Assistant Certificate

The primary benefit of obtaining a certificate in medical assisting, besides entry-level employment as a medical assistant, is speed of completion.

Most medical assistant certificate programs can be completed in nine months to a year. Training is quick because certificate programs offer focused, practical training with a career-oriented focus.

Unlike more advanced degree programs, certificate programs contain little or no general education courses, since they work under the assumption that students have satisfied general education requirements with previous education. These programs are designed to prepare students to fill the basic medical assistant job description quickly and efficiently.

Another benefit to medical assistant certificate programs is cost. Because of the shorter time frame, the cost of a certificate program is, in general, roughly half of that of an associate’s degree.

Applying to a Certificate Program

The strongest candidates for medical assistant certificate programs typically possess some knowledge of biology, math, and anatomy via high school coursework. Since medical assistants also perform administrative functions, high school coursework in office procedures, bookkeeping, and computers is also valuable.

Applying to a medical assisting certificate program is usually a simple process. Most medical assistant schools offer an online application form where potential students fill out personal details such as name, address, prior education, program sought, and other information. In addition, many schools require a personal essay demonstrating the student’s motivation for enrolling in the program.

Other documents may also be requested, such as:

Prior to applying, most students request the school’s information packet, which explains course materials, program details and other important information for applicants. It is standard to compare two to three schools before applying to one.

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Mildred Elley

The mission of Mildred Elley is to provide quality career education and technical training to allow students of diverse educational, cultural and personal backgrounds to become successful in an ever-changing global economy. Mildred Elley strives to afford students quality placement opportunities and instill in all of our graduates a desire for lifelong education and learning.

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Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College – The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.

With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions. Part of DeVry Education Group, Carrington College operates 18 campuses across 8 Western states through a broad range of programs that lead to certificates of achievement or associate degrees in medical, dental, administrative and veterinary fields.

Carrington College’s career-focused curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in their fields of study. Along with academic preparation and skills training, Carrington College students gain core institutional student learning outcomes in critical thinking, information management, and technical literacy. But it doesn’t end there. Personal and professional development, communication skills, respect, and responsibility are also emphasized throughout their education at Carrington College.

Students, faculty, and administrative staff at Carrington College are encouraged to pursue and achieve their highest potential. We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do and instill in our students the same aspirations. In doing so, we’re confident that our graduates will be prepared to begin working in the health care field and ready to meet the needs of patients.

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Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

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Charter College Online

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, the legal field, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

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