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:
- Medical Terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Law and Ethics
- Medical Office Management
- Clinical Practices
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:
- High school transcripts
- Resume or CV
- Relevant test scores
- Letters of recommendation
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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