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Medical assistants are an integral part of any healthcare team. They organize paperwork and health records, check patients in for appointments by getting their vital measurements recorded, clean and restock rooms between appointments, and help with minor medical procedures. If you are looking for a position in the healthcare field, medical assisting is an exciting choice with opportunities for career advancement.
|Medical Assistant Requirements in California
Below we dive into the details for each medical assisting requirement.
The most essential step in becoming a medical assistant is completing an accredited medical assistant training program. An excellent education will give you a solid foundation for anything you will experience in the field and will give you confidence in your skills and networking opportunities for your future.
When looking at programs, you should choose one accredited through one of the major medical assisting program accrediting organizations. Not only will this tell you the school routinely meets metrics to provide a thorough and reputable education, but it also means you could be eligible for financial aid to help you pay for school and achieve your dreams. The program you choose should provide sufficient clinical, administrative, and general education (e.g., anatomy, medical terminology, ethics) so you can confidently pass your certification exams.
All medical assistants need hands-on practice during their training program to become proficient in the skills and techniques they will use daily. Medical assistants in training will practice:
Medical assistants in training at BAMA’s 3-in-1 Training Program will also practice:
Students will continue their clinical training during an externship. Some medical assistant training programs coordinate externships for their students, while others leave it up to the student to find their own. Externships are a great way to get additional training, develop your skills, network, and find full-time employment.
Your career as a medical assistant can take you in many different directions. Depending on what you love to do and where you would like to end up, additional certifications can make you a strong candidate for any job. While California does not require medical assistants to hold any specific credentials, employers know certified medical assistants are well-trained and prepared to handle the responsibilities of their jobs from day one. The basic credentials to give you the most job portability include:
This core set of credentials will give you a competitive edge when looking for medical assistant positions and boost your earning potential.
California prides itself on being a state with excellent healthcare providers. Because of this, there are additional requirements for anyone wanting to be a medical assistant in California. The unique medical assistant requirements in California include detailed education specifications for all training programs. Some of those stipulations set forth by the California Medical Board include:
|California-Specific Medical Assistant Requirements
|10 hours of training in:
|Administering 10 of each:
|Additional training in:
While you are not required to be certified to be a medical assistant in California, most employers will only hire medical assistants who have graduated from an accredited program and have passed the National Certified Medical Assistant examination administered by the National Center for Competency Testing – or one of the other nationally recognized certification exams – to become a certified medical assistant. Being a certified medical assistant will help you find higher-paying jobs and give you a wider array of professional opportunities since employers in California know certified medical assistants have more advanced skills and can handle various clinical and administrative duties.
Bay Area Medical Academy is the premier training program to help you meet all the medical assistant requirements in California. BAMA offers an accredited 3-in-1 Medical Assisting with Phlebotomy Program that prepares you for three certifications.
The 9-month program exceeds the medical assistant requirements in California, and employers know it. Our graduates successfully gain employment after graduation, thanks partly to the additional career services we provide. Our program culminates in a 200-hour externship we coordinate for our students, so you never have to worry about having the support you need to thrive.
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