The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree can help you prepare to sit for these industry certifications.
Graduates of this program will receive NHA certification prep materials and a voucher to cover the cost of the CCMA exam. These valuable certification prep materials are available to graduates at no additional charge and will help you prepare to sit for your Medical Assistant certificate exam.
Discover how you can play an important role in the care and well-being of patients with our Medical Assistant Associate Degree program. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average medical assistant salary is $34,800 per year.¹ Learn healthcare concepts that you will use regularly in your medical assistant job, including medical terminology, coding, and transcription, and apply your knowledge in a real world setting with an externship in a medical setting. Study on your own schedule at a price that fits your budget, paying just $79 a credit.
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Q. What is the salary for a Medical Assistant role?
A.Medical assistants have a median salary of $34,800 per year,¹ and job growth is projected to increase much faster than average in the next several years.
Q. What can I do with a Medical Assistant Associate Degree?
A. The largest employers of medical assistants are state, local, and private hospitals, physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, and chiropractic offices. Medical assistants can also find employment in places such as drug and rehab facilities, assisted living centers, and nursing homes.
Q. How much does a Medical Assistant Associate Degree cost?
A. Tuition costs up to $79 per credit, with the semester fee adjusting slightly based on our current offer. Visit our tuition page for the most current tuition information.
Q. Is the Medical Assistant degree accredited?
A. Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Q. What Medical Assistant skills will I learn in this degree program?
A. Skills covered in the Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program include fundamentals like psychology, pharmacology, medical coding, reiumbursement methodologies, law, ethics, and confedentiality, medical terminology, medical surgical procedures, clinical procedure theory, and other Allied Health basics. College level courses also build a well-rounded skill set in areas such as computer and information literacy, written and interpersonal skills, humanities, liberal arts, math, and sciences.
Q. Where Can I Work as a Medical Assistant?
A. If a fast-paced career in healthcare interests you, look no further than the Medical Assistant field. While the majority of medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, those with a Medical Assistant degree may also work in state, local, and private hospitals, as well as outpatient care centers and even chiropractors’ offices. Most Medical Assistants work full time, and are often required to keep flexible work schedules around evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Q. What certification will I receive from the Medical Assistant program?
A. Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program, graduates will earn a degree in the field. Certification is offered through independent third parties and cannot be awarded by a school. However, the Penn Foster Medical Assistant Degree prepares you to sit for industry exams and includes prep materials for the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certification, as well as a voucher to cover the cost of the exam.
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