Medical Assistant Programs in Maine

You can become a certified medical assistant in Maine in less than a year of medical assisting education by enrolling in an accredited school. Another alternative is to take the more intensive two-year associate degree program for medical assistants.

Maine Medical Assisting Schools

The list below shows matching schools in ME which offer various degree medical assisting programs. Enquire about scholarship and funding options from the list of colleges below as well eligibility requirements, placement history, accreditation and career placement services.

Certification Requirements

The state does not call for medical assistants to become certified; however, passing the certification exam for medical assistants would open more employment opportunities for you. Employers now find certified medical assistants a more logical choice than non-certified practitioners because of less training time they have to spend on them.

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits at least four organizations to offer certification exams for medical assistants. Thus, passing at least one of these certification exams is enough to give you competitive edge:

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
  • To qualify to take any of these exams, either the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) or Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) must accredit your program.

    Nature of Work

    Medical assistants perform clinical and administrative duties to keep a doctor's office running smoothly. These include taking patient's vital signs prior to doctor's appointment, explaining a procedure that a patient will undergo, sterilize tools and equipment, and collect specimens for laboratory analysis, among others. On the administrative side, the medical assistant ensures that a patient's medical history is up to date, fill out insurance forms, attend to patient inquiries pertaining to billing and reimbursement concerns, and other general office procedures.

    The work entails that medical assistants work at last 40 hours a week, on weekdays only.

    Usually, medical assistants work directly under the supervision of a physician, especially in small, office-type settings. Otherwise, a medical assistant reports directly to department administrators or the operations management head.

    Job Prospects for Medical Assistants in Maine

    There more over 2,000 medical assistant practitioners right now, and the number is expected to increase alongside the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' projection that the industry will have a 31% increase in employment opportunities from 2010 to 2020. Currently, the mean yearly salary for medical assistants in Maine is $29,000, about 3% higher than the average salary nationwide. Depending on qualifications, location of practice, institution where one is employed, and specialization, salary of medical assistants in Maine can reach as high as $42,000 annually.

    Another advantage of medical assistants in Maine is the presence of two state chapters of the American Association of Medical Assistants that help in providing career advices and opportunities to active practitioners.

    There are also many opportunities for advancement as long as you invest in years of experience and your skills in advancing your career. Other opportunities for career progression include moving up to the position of office manager or, with further studies, into a nurse position.

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