Medical assistant students

Medical Assisting Students

Why Become a Medical Assistant?

Before signing up for a vocational training program it is a good idea to do some self-assessment. When we asked a number of medical assistants in our medical assistant forum what it was that attracted them to the medical assisting career, they pointed out that they like the relatively short training time compared to nursing (and other highly technical medical professions) and that they wanted to build a  meaningful career in a field where they can make a difference in their community. READ MORE

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Online vs. Traditional Training

Many vocational training institutions now offer Internet based medical assistant distance education programs  where all, or most (hybrid courses) of the required course work is read and submitted online; typically such courses cover biology, medical computer applications, word processing, computer sciences, economics, English composition, pharmacology, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology,  which all falls into the medical assisting field. READ MORE

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Diploma Mills and Fake Programs

Worthless Medical Assistant Certificate, Diploma and Degree

Many might not know that marketing fake diplomas, certificates and degrees has become a billion dollar industry—at least 800 million a year in the U.S. alone—so big is this market that it simply blows the mind. Nowadays, almost anybody can receive college level and advanced degrees with almost zero effort. READ MORE

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BLS National Wage Statistics

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported medical assistants to earn $19.62 per hour, or $40,810 per year in 2011. National statistics for medical assistant wages show that 90% of working medical assistants in the USA were earning an hourly wage of nearly $20. Of course, now that some years have passed since the publishing of these figures, the estimates are the low end and in the meantime have changed in favor of the employee. READ MORE

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Mature Workforce (Age 45+)

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Too old to start your Medical Assistant career?

“I am 45 years old, going on 46 and am wondering whether that’s too old to start a medical assistant career. When I visited our local community college for orientation I noticed most students are somewhere in their mid-twenties. That and going back to school makes me a little nervous.” READ MORE

Scope of Employment

What Is My Scope of Employment?

All medical assistants, regardless of their amount of education, training, experience and credentials must realize that they are subject to certain laws and limitations and must act only within their scope of employment when practicing their trade. READ MORE

Scope of Practice by State

Doctors Allow Medical Assistants to (Illegally?) Administer Injectable Drugs

While certified medical assistants are formally trained in anatomy,  vital signs and giving injections as part of their trade confusion about their scope of practice continues at their work place. It seems a few doctors and medical office managers still don’t clearly understand what medical assistants can and cannot do… we have heard about medical assistants and even front desk medical office staff administering Botox injections. Only a licensed mid-level provider and physicians may inject Botox (and certain other regulated injectable drugs, or fillers). The physician delegates procedures and tasks as permitted by law. READ MORE

Better Wages & Pay

Certification to Boost Pay

Medical assistant’s pay is influenced by the type of education, training, professional credentials and years of experience, as well as location and the type of medical practice where special technical and clinical skills are required. An increasing number of medical offices seek certified medical assistants and often also expect at least 1-2 years of experience. Wages will increase significantly for a fully qualified, accredited and certified medical assistant in a medical specialty office! Just read the medical assistant vacancies and wanted ads in your local newspaper, or explore job offers on job websites, such as or and you will quickly learn what employers want. You often find: “Certified medical assistants only, non-certified medical assistants need not apply.” READ MORE