WHAT MAKES OUR MEDICAL ASSISTING (MA) PROGRAM UNIQUE?
The Medical Assisting (MA) Program is designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a variety of multidisciplinary clinical and/or administrative healthcare settings. The program also provides an overview of complementary and holistic methods and current healthcare trends.
Advantages of Holistic Approach in Medical Assisting:
In our program, students will:
- Learn about best practice methods used in integrative healthcare to be able to communicate with their clients who may be using these
- Be able to work in a multi-disciplinary team with excellent holistic communication skills
- Gain an understanding and having recognition of the holistic approach, which enables healthcare professionals to build trust with clients, which in turn allows professionals to understand and meet their needs more effectively.
- Learning the holistic approach reinforces that individuals are all different, reinforces and promotes laws, policies, and codes of practice, enables staff to apply value-based care and provide effective outcomes within their practice.
- Develop effective communication and teamwork skills, having a positive influence.
About the Medical Assisting Program
• 700 total program hours
• 40 quarter credit hours
• 9 months long
Medical Assisting program graduates do not require a state license or any additional certification to become employed. However, AIAM Medical Assisting graduates are prepared to successfully meet the eligibility criteria to apply for the national certification process through the National Health career Association (NHA) to become a nationally Certified Medical Assistant. AIAM graduates will also be eligible to sit for the NHA Billing and Coding, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician national certification exams. Although national certification is not required for employment, having an NHA certification demonstrates proficiency and may give a competitive edge in obtaining a job or promotion.
The Rewards of a Career in Medical Assisting
Are you interested in starting a new career in healthcare, but don’t have a nursing or medical field background? Open the door to an entry-level healthcare administration career with a Medical Administrative Assistant certificate from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine. This short, financial aid-eligible certificate program could be just the thing you need to jumpstart a great new career, especially if you don’t have a degree. This industry-relevant education will help you explore opportunities in healthcare administration – whether in a hospital, doctor’s office, or nursing care facility.
Here are the rewards you could discover:
• Helping others: If you’d like a career where what you do really makes a difference in someone’s life, medical assisting might be right for you. By processing insurance paperwork, you not only make certain your patients get the benefits they deserve; you reduce their stress. When you take medical histories and vital signs, you help to make sure patients receive proper medical care. And the comfort and reassurance you offer are often priceless to an anxious patient undergoing treatment for illness or injury.
• You don’t just help patients as a medical assistant: Other members of the medical team will truly rely on the work you do so they can do their jobs well. Physicians, nurses, and technicians will all depend on you to do a great job so they can provide excellent service and keep the healthcare facility running at peak efficiency.
• Positive job satisfaction: Maybe because their life’s work is all about helping others, medical assistants like what they do. It’s hard, but rewarding work they love. Will you?
• Good work environment: As a medical assistant, you’d probably work full time in a physician’s office or healthcare facility. Most MAs do. You could also expect to see much faster than average job growth through 2024 for the profession.3 And because you’re working in healthcare, you can usually expect a good benefits package.
• Opportunities for growth: As you continue your career as a medical assistant, you may choose to attain additional certifications that will help you grow in your career. You may even decide to specialize or pursue other healthcare careers. With your unique access, you’ll have an inside view of what it’s like to perform a wide variety of medical jobs. You may decide to dedicate yourself to becoming the best medical assistant you can be – or you may decide to get additional training and move on to other roles in the healthcare industry.
Explore the five most common career opportunities for Medical Assistants.
Medical Assisting Salary and Job Growth
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics states:
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.
The current median pay for Medical Assistants and Medical Administrative Assistants nationwide is about $16 an hour or $35,000 per year.
SCHOOL OF MEDICAL ASSISTING ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
- Personal tour and interview with an admissions representative
- Submit proof of earned HS diploma or GED recognized by the Department of Education, or foreign equivalent that has been officially evaluated
- Complete application form with $125 enrollment fee (can be paid at enrollment)
- Meet with Financial Aid office to discuss payment options
- Complete enrollment agreement and accompanying paperwork
SCHOOL OF MEDICAL ASSISTING TUITION PRICE
40 Credit Hours of tuition at $299 per credit
Ohio Video Disclosure Course
Medical Assisting Supply Bag
Lab Fee ($100 per quarter)
Student Identification Card
Uniform (2 Patches)
Technology Fee ($508.00 per quarter)(includes e-books and webcam)
Total Tuition and Required Fees
For more information on other student costs and optional fees, visit our catalog page.