There are two types of educational programs available to aspiring medical assistants. Most schools offering medical assistant training in Illinois, have a one-year certificate, or you may complete a two-year associate’s degree. The educational curriculum for medical assistants includes courses in both administrative and healthcare-related tasks. The student also completes a practicum. During this period, the student practices in a medical setting under the supervision and guidance of instructors. Students who have plans for a career in a specific medical setting should try and find training programs that teach the specialized skills they will need. Sometimes, people may enter into medical assisting with an eye toward other careers in the medical field, such as nursing. Because medical assisting is a fairly quick course, it’s possible to become employed promptly after graduating and build upon a base of training and experience to reach long term goals.
A medical assistant may choose an alternate credential, and become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) instead. The American Medical Technologists (AMT) agency is responsible for certifying medical assistants who choose this course. AMT mayy differ from the AAMA in some of it’s practices, laws, and requirements. You are eligible for the title of RMA if you’re 18 years or older and a graduate of a medical assisting school accredited by the ABHES or CAAHP.
American Association of Medical Assistants
20 N Wacker Dr., Ste 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 899-1500
American Medical Technologists
10 700 West Higgins
Suite 150Rosemont, IL 60018