Medical Assisting programs in Pennsylvania



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Pennsylvania, the sixth largest state in the US, has an estimated population of 12.6 million and has a growing aging population that seeks constant medical care. Not only that, with residents becoming more health conscious, primary health care providers such as doctors and nurses have no recourse, but to transfer their administrative responsibilities to medical support personnel. And this is where medical assistants come in. As doctors focus more on their roles and tasks of making people well or setting up their own private practices, they will need medical assistants to keep their offices running smoothly and efficiently.

Pathways of Becoming a Medical Assistant

There are three different types of medical assistants you can choose from: Clinical, Administrative and Clerical. Clerical and Administrative medical assistants perform many of the administrative taks such as updating/filing medical records and bookkeeping, whereas clinical staff spend less time on administrative duties and more on patient care such as preparing and administering medications, prepping for examinations etc.

Acquiring formal training in the medical assisting field is what will give you more job opportunities. Although it's not a requirement - completed an accredited medical assisting program is strongly recommended. Most hospitals and physycian now opt for formally trained medical assistants (who will require minimum training on the employer's part) and can perform his or her tasks with minimal supervision. As competition becomes stiffer, the more you have to ensure that you have the proper credential if you want to work in this field.

In Pennsylvania, medical assistant programs are available in vocational schools, local colleges and universities. If you are a career shifter, a working student, or just cannot attend school on fulltime basis, online medical assisting courses are also offered. Typically, it will take you about a year or less to complete the certificate course in medical assisting, while the associate's degree takes about two years to finish.

Among the areas that you will study are anatomy, body systems, basic pharmacology, laboratory procedures, medical laws, and various other clinical methods. The program also includes lessons on how to go about your clerical responsibilities such as accounting, billing, recordkeeping, bookkeeping, insurance processing, reimbursement methodologies, and other administrative tasks. To complete your medical assisting programs, you are required to undergo practicum in a physician's office or any similar healthcare facility.

Medical Assistant Schools and Colleges in PA

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McCann School of Business and Technology

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McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) will help you choose your ideal career before you get started and assist with real-world employment after you’re done with school. We have a wide range of resources to help you every step of the way.

In today’s world, it makes sense to spend less time in the classroom, and more time earning a salary. McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) can help you start your new career in as little as 18-24 months.

If you’re worried that you can’t afford an education, think again. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. We will work with you to explore the financial aid options available to help you complete your degree.

The path to a bright future and a new career is easy – complete the form to learn more about McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann) now!

McCann School of Business & Technology (McCann)

  • Allentown, PA
  • Hazleton, PA
  • Lewisburg, PA
  • Monroe, LA
  • Pottsville, PA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Wilkes-Barre, PA

McCann School of Business was founded by Louis C. McCann in 1897 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, as a school of accountancy and secretarial training. Louis McCann’s sons, Dwight and Charles, entered the field and held administrative positions at the school and its additional locations. After the death of Dwight McCann in 1956, Dorothy Houser began serving as director. In 1959, Ms. Houser purchased the school in partnership with her husband, Harry D. Houser.

In 1981, James and Elizabeth Noone purchased the school from the Housers and McCann Education Centers, Inc. was formed. In 1995, the school opened an additional location in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to provide a better service and quality of education to residents of southern Schuykill County. A third campus of McCann commenced operations in September, 1998, in downtown Sunbury, Northumberland County.

In August 2002, McCann Educational Centers Inc. was acquired by the company now known as Delta Career Education Corporation headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Scranton campus opened in 2003 and relocated to Dickson City, Lackawanna County, in 2008. The original Mahanoy City campus relocated to Hazleton in 2005, and in 2009 the school opened additional locations in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2010, the Pottsville campus opened an additional location in Macon, Georgia and in 2011 opened an additional location in Gulfport, MI. The Macon and Gulfport campuses are named Miller-Motte Technical College. They share the name of the Miller-Motte family of schools, also owned by Delta Career Education Corporation. In early 2012, an additional location of McCann was opened in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

In 2012, McCann School of Business & Technology merged with Miami-Jacobs Career College and the Academy of Court Reporting. Pottsville remains the main campus and additional locations were acquired, as a result of the merger, in Dayton, Springboro, Troy, Columbus, Sharonville and Independence Ohio. All of the acquired schools share the name Miami-Jacobs Career College.

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DEL.GEN.06351.D.000

This school is regulated as a commercial motor carrier by the US DOT and their respective state agency: PADOE and LBOR. It takes fewer than 300 hours to complete this program; therefore it is not eligible for Title IV funding. This program is not within the scope of ACICS Accreditation.

Campus
  • Allentown
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Pottsville
  • Lewisburg
  • Hazleton
Programs
  • Medical Assisting - Associate in Specialized Business
  • Medical Laboratory Technician - Associate in Specialized Technology
  • Medical Clinical Assistant - Diploma

Elmira Business Institute

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Learn how you can get the training you need to begin a rewarding career in a field of high-demand. Complete and submit the form and one of our Admissions Representatives will be in touch soon to tell you more.

Advantages offered by Elmira Business Institute include:

  • Financial aid available for those who qualify
  • Accelerated, career-centered training in a wide range of industries
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Tuition planning
  • Lifetime career assistance
  • Two convenient campus locations

Complete one of EBI’s Certificate Programs:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • General Office Assistant
  • Small Business Management
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Office Assistant

Earn your Associate Degree:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Office Technologies
  • Medical
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Reimbursement Specialist

EBI holds Accreditation through New York State Board of Regents, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

EBI is proud to support our country’s veterans and has been approved for veterans benefits.

Campus
  • Elmira
Programs
  • Associate - Medical Assisting

Lincoln Tech

Since 1946, Lincoln Tech has been helping students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. Our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Information Technology, Spa & Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Welding, HVAC and Electrical.

What sets Lincoln Tech apart from other schools? Quite a few things, actually; our training programs emphasize experiential, interactive learning activities – that means you’ll do the job before you take the job. Plus, our Certificate, Diploma and Associate degree programs are designed to accelerate your entry into the job market by offering a shorter length of training, so you may be earning valuable on-the-job experience before many of your peers do.

But our strengths go beyond that. Our Lincoln instructors possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise and real world experience. Plus, we’ve built working partnerships with important industry contacts in your area. So when you graduate, we’ll help you find a good position and start your career off right.

When it comes to choosing a post-secondary educational institution, keep this in mind: our dedication to your success sets us apart from the competition – and the specialized, career-focused training you’ll receive at Lincoln will set you apart from yours. Lincoln Tech offers flexible daytime and evening programs to accommodate your busy schedule. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and Career Placement assistance is available upon graduation.

Campus
  • Allentown
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Brightwood Career Institute

At Brightwood Career Institute, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood Career Institute focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Within the classroom, it is our mission to not only provide vocational training, but to help you develop the professional skills, values, attitudes and strategies that will enhance your potential for success on campus, in your career and through life.

The success of our students is our greatest success. Because when our students succeed, we’ve completed the job we set out to do: empower the courageous, and enable real and relevant change.

Campus
  • Broomall
  • Franklin Mills
Programs
  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Medical Assistant

Fortis Institute

Welcome to FORTIS

At FORTIS, students are provided the skills and training needed to enter careers in industries that have employment opportunity over time. What industries you ask? FORTIS offers career education and training programs in the nursing, healthcare, medical, dental, business, information technology, skilled trades, massage and cosmetology career fields. That makes Fortis a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with a wide variety of educational choices!

FORTIS provides education and training for qualified applicants with the desire to better their career opportunities regardless of previous educational background. Now with forty FORTIS campus locations across the country in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia, more students have the opportunity to experience the FORTIS Difference!

Campus
  • Scranton, PA
  • Forty Fort, PA
  • Erie, PA
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting (Associate in Specialized Technology Degree)

Berks Technical Institute

Start your future now!

Berks Technical Institute (BTI) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you’ve completed your program, you’re truly ready to begin your career.

Berks Technical Institute (BTI) will help you choose your ideal career before you get started and assist with real-world employment after you’re done with school. We have a wide range of resources to help you every step of the way.

In today’s world, it makes sense to spend less time in the classroom, and more time earning a salary. Berks Technical Institute (BTI) can help you start your new career in as little as 18-24 months.

If you’re worried that you can’t afford an education, think again. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. We will work with you to explore the financial aid options available to help you complete your degree.

The path to a bright future and a new career is easy – complete the form to learn more about Berks Technical Institute (BTI) now!

Request more information now!

Programs may vary by campus.

DEL.GEN.06351.D.000

This school is regulated as a commercial motor carrier by the US DOT and their respective state agency: PADOE. It takes fewer than 300 hours to complete this program; therefore it is not eligible for Title IV funding. This program is not within the scope of ACICS Accreditation.

Campus
  • Wyomissing
Programs
  • Medical Assisting - Associate in Specialized Business

All-State - Allied Health

All State was founded to provide you with the quality training necessary to meet your career objectives in many of the largest industries in the country ranging from Healthcare and trades to transportation. Many of the high demand industries have long recognized the need for professionally trained employees. By today’s rigid standards, the old “trial and error” and on-the-job training methods are unacceptable. There’s a better way!

All State is dedicated to preparing you to fill the employment opportunities available within many of these exciting industries. Our certification courses can prepare you for a lifetime of job security, stability, good income and benefits.

With All State you can achieve success. You can have a positive future, job satisfaction and financial freedom! It’s as simple as committing yourself to an education at All State Career School. We do more for you then just prepare you for a job. We want you to shine, so we give you critical career skills, confidence in your abilities and the extra boost of job placement assistance.

Campus
  • Essington, PA
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
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Medical Assistant Certification

Certification is not necessary if you want to begin a career in medical assistance. However, becoming a certified opens the door to more opportunities for you. For instance, certified assistants are allowed to perform tasks such as cleaning and removing sutures under the supervision of a physician or drawing blood for laboratory analysis. Thus, the more specialized your responsibilities as a medical assistant become, the higher the salary you receive.

Two of the most popular certifying bodies (there are four in total) are:

Pennsylvania Wages for Medical Assistants

Table 1 Salary Data Source: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Level of Experience Hourly Rate Annual Salary
Entry-Level Wage $10.21 $21,200
Median Wage $13.87 $28,800
Experienced Wage $18.94 $39,400

Job Outlook for Pennsylvania Medical Assistants

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an employment growth rate of 31% from 2010 to 2020 for the medical assistant industry. Thus, from its current number of practitioners of over 528,000, about 163,000 more jobs are expected to be available for medical assistants in the coming years. If you want to be part of this employment boom, then now is the best time to begin your medical assistant education.

References:
* US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–11 Edition: Medical Assistants. http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm.

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