Medical Assistant Schools in San Antonio

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Medical Assistant Schools San Antonio: How to Identify Schools You Can Trust

If you are considering being a medical assistant as your future, you have a lot to ponder, and one of the most important aspects is the school you choose for your education. As a medical assistant, you will undertake tremendous responsibilities for your employer, your patients, and yourself. Therefore, having a great education can dictate how prepared you will be.

Here are some ways to help you identify medical assistant schools in San Antonio you can trust:  

  1. Types of programs: Generally, there are two types of medical assisting training programs that you can choose from: associate degree and diploma. The associate degree program generally ranges between 2 – 2.5 years and offers both medical assisting courses as well as general education and liberal arts courses. An associate degree program is a good choice if you aim to take additional, related courses, in the future.

    A diploma in medical assisting requires about nine months to one year to complete. It aims to get you started as a medical assistant in a quicker timeframe. If any college program differs greatly in course offerings from most of your other choices, interview former students and potential employers about their experiences with the program.

  2. Accreditation: Regardless of which type of program you choose, make sure the school of your choice is accredited either by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

    Both of these groups require that a college adheres to their educational standards. Medical assistant schools San Antonio that are not accredited may not offer financial aid, and could prove more difficult for you to find employment. Also, if your school is not accredited, you may not be allowed to write the medical assistant certifying exam after you graduate.

  3. The curriculum: Your medical assisting classes need to be a combination of lectures, concepts, and hands-on training. While every program will have its own differences, make sure that the bulk of your classes consists of core medical assisting work, such as the foundations of medical practice, anatomy, pathology, medical terminology, laboratory work, as well as clinical and administrative duties. Also check that you have the opportunity for an internship, which lets you gain practical experience in a medical facility.
  4. Rate of completion and placement: The last factor in knowing that you can trust a medical assisting school is through their rates of completion and placement. While attaining a 100% completion rate is optimal, it is also unrealistic; some students will have to leave the program before completing it. Verify that their placement rate is similar to other colleges with the same program. Also, check their job placement rate after graduation is on par with other colleges. If it tends to be lower, you should research the reasons for this.

  When you decide to enroll in medical assistant schools San Antonio, you will be investing time, money, and effort into that endeavor. Making sure that you are choosing a school you can trust is crucial to your success. Use the guidelines above as a starting point, and you will be well on your way to a satisfying and rewarding career.

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