Medical Assistant

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$12.84-$24.35 (Mean $18.65)
*based on 2014 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Medical Assistant

Professional Activities

Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals who work primarily in ambulatory settings such as medical offices and clinics. The responsibilities of medical assistants vary, depending on whether they work in a clinic, hospital, large group practice, or small private office.

Medical assistants work under the supervision of physicians in their offices or other medical settings. Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties to help the health care delivery setting run smoothly. They answer telephones, greet patients, fill out insurance forms, schedule appointments, prepare and maintain medical records, and manage practice finances. The clinical duties of a medical assistant may include taking patient histories and vital signs, preparing patients for procedures, collecting and processing specimens, and preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician.

More medical assistants are employed by practicing physicians than any other type of allied health personnel. In rural Alaska, medical assistants are often employed by regional health corporations, state and federal agencies, or community-based health care programs.

Educational Requirements

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in science, algebra, reading and writing
  • Completion of a certification program

Certifications:

CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the American Association of Medical Assistants CMA Exam. Only graduates of CAAHEP-accredited programs are eligible to sit for the CMA (AAMA) Exam.

RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the American Medical Technologists RMA exam.

NCMA (National Certified Medical Assistant) credential is awarded to qualified individuals who have passed the National Center for Competency Testing exam.

Academic Programs

CAAHEP-Accredited Schools in Alaska:

University of Alaska Anchorage
Allied Health Programs, Medical Assisting Program
3211 Providence Drive
Allied Health Sciences, Room 148
Anchorage, AK 99508
Contact: Robin Wahto
Phone: (907) 786-6928
Fax: (907) 786-6938
Email: rjwahto@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/medicalassisting/

University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College
Medical Assistant Program
604 Barnette Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
Phone: (907) 455-2800
Email: uaf-ctc@alaska.edu
Website: http://www.ctc.uaf.edu/programs/health/health-med.html

University of Alaska Southeast
Medical Assisting Program
Contact: Amy Samuel, Program Director
 

Other programs in Alaska

Charter College-Anchorage campus
2221 East Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 120
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 277-1000
Charter College-Wasilla campus
721 W. Parks Highway
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 352-1000
Website: http://www.chartercollege.edu/content/career_programs/charter_college_programs_medical_assistant.html

Alaska Career College
1415 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507-1033
Phone: (907) 563-7575
Tollfree: 800-770-7575
Website: http://www.alaskacareercollege.edu/index.php/programs/medical-assistant

Contacts

State Contact:

Alaska Medical Assistant Society
Tami Leroux, CMA (AAMA), President
11561 Hill Circle
Anchorage, AK 99507-6143
Email: leroux@alaska.net
Website: http://www.alaskamedicalassistants.org
The Alaska Medical Assistant Society is now on Facebook.

Inquiries Regarding Careers and Certification

American Association of Medical Assistants
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 899-1500
Fax: (312) 899-1259
Website: http://www.aama-ntl.org/

American Medical Technologists
10700 W Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont IL 60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Fax: (847) 823-0458
Email: mail@americanmedtech.org
Website: http://www.americanmedtech.org/default.aspx

National Center for Competency Testing
7007 College Blvd. Suite 385
Overland Park, KS 66211
Toll free: (800) 875-4404
Fax: (913) 498-1243
Website: http://www.ncctinc.com

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