Medical Assistant Programs in Michigan


Are you considering a career in the healthcare industry? Medical assisting in Michigan is a rewarding and lucrative career choice considering that you are in an industry that helps people get well and work in a fast-paced and organized working environment. Plus, in less than a year of training in an accredited educational institution, you can then begin your medical assistance career.

Medical Assistant Education in Michigan

 In Michigan, you can choose from different accredited medical assisting programs offered at community colleges, universities, and vocational schools. It is highly important that the program you choose is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as this is a requirement for medical assistants who wish to sit for the certification exam. The other accrediting agency is the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, or ABHES.

Programs usually take a year to two years to complete where you earn either a certificate in medical assisting (1-year course) or associate's degree in medical assistance (2-year course). Both programs cover the clinical and administrative aspects of the job, such as performing initial assessment of patients during appointment, taking and recording vital signs, collecting blood or urine samples for laboratory analysis, and administering medicines or injections. You will also be trained on how to use various medical equipment such as x-ray machines, medical ventilators, blood pressure, PET and CT scanners, and heart-lung machines, among others. On the clerical side, your training consists of learning how to fill out insurance forms, responding to billing and reimbursement concerns, and other general office procedures.

Michigan Medical Assisting Schools

Certification Requirements
Similar to other states, certification in medical assisting is not required in order to begin working as a medical assistant in Michigan. However, passing any of the certification exams provided by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), American Medical Technologists (AMT), National Healthcareer Association (NHA), or National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) would help you gain employment in give you competitive advantage over other applicants.

Thus, after completing your training (including internship), your next step is to sit for the certification exam for medical assistants. To become eligible for the test, you must have graduated from an accredited medical assisting school or have ample experience in medical assistance.

Salary Rates and Job Prospects in Michigan
Medical assistants in Michigan receive a mean annual wage of about $28,000, which is the same across most states in the US. Depending on factors such as education, certification, benefits, specialization, type of employer, and city of practice, some medical assistants receive up to $41,000 per year in wages.

Despite having over 19,000 practitioners in the state alone, Michigan medical assisting job prospects remain positive. With an aging population and the emergence of specialized health facilities needing the services of medical assistants, more jobs will become available between 2010 and 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projection.

References

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011: Medical Assistants
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Medical Assistant

Resources

National Healthcareer Association: Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA)
American Association of Medical Assistants: Become a CMA
American Medical Technologists

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