How to Become a Medical Assistant?

There are several paths and options available to enter the medical assisting field: One could become a Medical Assistant through on-the-job training which is an unofficial route, on campus training, online training, and hybrid programs.  There is no formal requirement or qualifications for Medical Assistants as of now and  it is possible to become a medical assistant with no more than a high school diploma along with on-the-job-training. But, with the growing opportunities and competition in the field and with the increasingly stringent laws and rules, employers more often select applicants that have received medical assistant training and certification through a properly accredited program. As such, it is advisable to train through a program that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 

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