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Understand the Difference Between a Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate and a Clinical & Administrative Medical Assistant Degree

Job opportunities in healthcare fields are projected to grow much faster than other occupational groups. This is mostly due to an aging population that is living longer than any other generation in history.  One of the most in-demand healthcare workers right now is the Medical Assistant.  According to the Bureau of Labor and statistics, career opportunities in medical assisting are expected to grow by 19% between 2019-2029.

Medical Assistants are an important part of a professional medical team.  They perform a combination of administrative and clinical duties and are often the person that a patient sees first and talks to the longest.  Because of the clinical aspect of the job, most employers require Medical Assistant certifications as well as the successful completion of an accredited medical assisting training program.

Getting the required specialized education may seem overwhelming, but Swedish Institute makes getting your education achievable and it is taking that extra step to earn the necessary certifications that will put you in a stronger position when you apply for a job.

Swedish Institute offers two levels of Medical Assistant career training programs to choose from:  Medical Assistant Certificate Program and a more advanced Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Degree Program. The first step is to decide which level of credential is the best for you and that will require an understanding of the difference between the two job outcomes and on your personal career goals.

Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program:

  • 4 quarters – 12 Months
  • Graduates receive a certificate that is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents
  • Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate those who continue to work during the day
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam recognized by American Medical Technologist.
  • Those graduates who desire to further their education are also eligible to enroll in the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Degree Program.

Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Degree program:

  • 6 quarters – 18 Months
  • Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant Program receive an Associate in Occupational Studies degree (AOS) that is authorized by the New York State Board of Regents.
  • Classes are offered during the day and evening which provides some additional flexibility to help school fit your life.
  • There are more administrative courses as well as some General Education classes offered
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification exam recognized by American Medical Technologist.

Getting your certificate or degree in Medical Assisting opens the door to careers in healthcare where you have stability and opportunity.  You can feel good about having a career that is geared towards the health and wellness of the patient.  Where you truly make a difference.  Swedish Institute invites you to have a conversation with our admissions advisors who can help you determine the right educational path.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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