Let’s say you’ve decided to pursue Medical Assistant training. First of all, that’s great! Now that you’ve made this decision, there are several questions you should consider. Today, we’re going to look into one particular question: What accreditation should a Medical Assistant school have? The answer often depends on the type of education you’d like to receive as well as any cost or time restraints you might have.
Let’s start with the definition of accreditation. According to a website called Medical Assistant Schools, accreditation is the “process of a third party ‘accrediting agency’ reviewing a school, or one of its programs, to ensure that the education being provided meets a certain set of criteria for quality and completeness.”
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As stated by Medical Assistant Schools, accreditation is a laborious process that might take 6-12 months. It involves “the school submitting information to the accrediting agency, as well as visits to the school by representatives of the accrediting agency.” Additionally, the accreditation that the schools receives at the end of this process is “typically valid for a number of years, after which the school has to go through another process to have its accreditation renewed.”
One question that you should ask yourself is simple yet critical, and it is along these lines: What are your primary goals in seeking MA training? For instance, if you know you would like to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) has stated that “graduates of Medical Assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Exam.”
However, you do not always need certification to practice in the field. It often depends on the employer and the specialty you would like to pursue. This is why it’s important that you do your research, pinpoint your goals, and select a program that truly suits your needs. The more information you have, the better!
The Importance of Due Diligence
Once you find a program that interests you, the AAMA suggests that you thoroughly investigate the program before taking any further action. You can typically do so by either poring through the institution’s website or contacting the program director with a few questions. On the AAMA’s website, they list the below sample questions that you might want to ask:
+ What are the tuition costs and financial aid options?
+ What are the academic prerequisites?
+ How long does it take to complete the program?
+ What specific topics are covered?
+ What does the practicum involve?
+ What percent of the program’s students/graduates pass the CMA (AAMA) Exam?
+ Will you contact the AAMA Certification Department and give them permission to share your exam pass rates with me?
The MA Program at Unitek College
At Unitek, we offer a 9-month Medical Assistant program that is comprehensive yet efficient. Students receive critical knowledge through a combination of expert lectures, applied training, and supervised externships. We believe it’s essential that our students experience Medical Assisting in real-world settings. Above all else, we want to prepare them for successful careers.
If you are looking into MA certification, it’s important that you decide which certification you’d like to earn. Two of the most common types of Medical Assistant certifications are the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential and the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential. Typically, your Medical Assistant program can help you pursue certification.
For instance, graduates of Unitek’s MA program may be qualified to take several certification exams. These include the NCCT exam for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) credential and the American Medical Technologists (AMT) to earn the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) credential. While such credentials are not a graduation requirement at Unitek, they may be of value depending on your career goals. Of course, our faculty members are available to advise any student seeking these certifications!
Brief Overview of Unitek College
Founded in 2002, Unitek College is an accredited, private institution that combines unique academic and technical specialties to provide excellent training programs in healthcare and nursing. With seven campuses in California, we offer educational programs in the cities of Fremont, San Jose, Hayward, Concord, South San Francisco, Sacramento, and Bakersfield. At Unitek College, we provide healthcare career training and clinical placement. Additionally, our career services team provides Unitek graduates with employment assistance.
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