Can you see yourself using medical terms and wearing scrubs? Does the thought of working side-by-side with a physician or nurse sound exciting? Maybe this career could be for you!
As a UMA medical assistant student, you’ll learn how to take vital signs, collect specimens and blood samples, assist physicians and nurses, prepare exam rooms and more. If playing an important role in the day-to-day tasks of providing healthcare services sounds interesting to you, we’d like to talk to you about it.
In some cases, people with a diploma and people with a degree may apply for the same job in this field. A diploma program takes less time to complete and is a smaller investment than a degree program. A diploma could mean less earning potential than a degree.1 A degree requires more coursework and may be seen as a more substantial accomplishment in the eyes of a potential employer. UMA students who earn a diploma in this program may choose to continue their education at UMA and upgrade their credential to a degree in this field.
UMA students often start with a diploma because it gets them trained faster and may help them enter the workforce sooner. Once they are employed, they may return to UMA to apply their diploma coursework toward an associate degree in this field.
Students enrolled in this program receive 220 hours of hands-on experience under the supervision of a professional in a local medical office or clinic. This includes learning a variety of day-to-day tasks that may be common for this career field. Some externships have led to an employment opportunity for the participating student. All UMA externships are unpaid.
After you graduate, you’ll be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam. If you meet eligibility requirements and pass this exam, you’ll become certified which can help you stand out as an applicant. This certification is considered an addition to the career training you receive at UMA and is not required to graduate. Ultimate Medical Academy has a team in place, ready to help you focus on exam-relevant material and tutor you in areas where you might need extra help.
Medical assistant graduates can go on to positions as a medical assistant or medical office assistant. Working environments include physician’s offices, clinics, blood banks and more. This career field is projected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022.2
How long is the diploma program? 14 months (may vary according to individual student).
How long is the degree program? 21 months (may vary according to individual student).
Q: What is a medical assistant?
A: Medical assistant duties include the day-to-day tasks of a doctor’s office or healthcare provider as it relates to patient care. Medical assistants work closely with physicians and nurses to help provide care for patients.
Q: Wondering how to become a medical assistant?
A: You need medical assistant education and training. UMA offers two medical assistant programs (diploma and degree). Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills you need to begin a career as a medical assistant, and if you want, you can become certified by passing the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.
Q: Where can I find UMA medical assistant training in Tampa and Clearwater?
A: UMA offers medical assistant training at both of our Tampa Bay area campuses. Our Tampa campus is located at 9309 N. Florida Avenue, next to I-275. Our Clearwater campus is located in Clearwater at 1255 Cleveland Street, close to downtown Clearwater.
Q: Is there a difference between medical assistant schools?
A: Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools that offer medical assistant programs, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.3 UMA is a school that offers medical assistant training programs which include one-on-one tutoring, on-the-job training (unpaid), help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
Q: What types of medical assistant courses would I take at UMA?
A: As a medical assistant student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study the human body (anatomy), medicine (pharmacology), how to perform clinical procedures related to patient illness, conditions, injuries and diseases, and more. To see a complete list of the courses you would take in the UMA Medical Assistant program, see the courses section on this page.
Q: How long does it take for a medical assistant diploma at UMA?
A: The UMA medical assistant diploma program typically takes 14 months to complete (may vary according to individual student).
Q: How long does it take for a medical assistant degree at UMA?
A: The UMA medical assistant associate degree program typically takes 21 months to complete (may vary according to individual student).
Q: Do medical assistants have to be certified?
A: No. Medical assistants do not have to be certified in order to work (though some employers may require it). However, passing the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam for certification may help you stand out as a candidate in your job search. UMA can help you prepare for this exam, which is service that is included in our Medical Assistant diploma and degree programs.
Q: How much does a medical assistant make?
A: You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. A medical assistant salary may depend on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical assistant salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
Q: What’s the best school for your needs?
A: Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So what are your needs? Ultimate Medical Academy wants to be the best school for you and we’re here to listen. Because the more we understand about your situation, the better we can help. Let’s talk about you. 888-213-4473.
Q: What should I look for in top schools for medical assistant training?
A: Start by looking for an accredited school. If it’s not accredited, it’s probably not a top school. Top schools that offer medical assistant programs should offer personal assistance every step of the way, such as one-on-one tutoring. Top schools that offer medical assistant training should also provide career services such as on-the-job training (externship) and job search assistance. To learn more about these types of important features, visit our Ultimate Student Services℠ page.
Where can I find more info about being a medical assistant?
This program can be completed in as little as 14 months (diploma) or 21 months (degree).
More than 90% of UMA online and campus students in this diploma program who responded to the survey said they were satisfied overall with their educational experience.
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For additional information on this program’s student graduation, placement, charges, median loan debt and possible occupational outcomes, see: Degree – Medical Assistant Courses and Diploma – Medical Assistant Courses.
Gainful employment information can be found at ultimatemedical.edu/gainful-employment.pdf
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I am so happy to be in the UMA program. I love how they take an active and personal interest in me getting my degree. They always call and make sure I understand everything that needs to be done for the week. —Ebony W., UMA Student
—Ebony W., UMA Student
1http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm 2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm 3According to research conducted by UMA comparing a variety of career schools with similar programs.