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Medical assistants (MA) have become an integral part of the healthcare team. They require a wide variety of skills, from administering medications by injection to preparing and monitoring medical insurance forms for services rendered.

There is a high demand for medical assistants in medical offices and clinics both locally and nationwide. Medical assisting is an expanding career area. Passing the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants examination, which qualifies you to become a certified medical assistant, will help you attain professional recognition. Allan Hancock College also now offers National Healthcareer Association certification examinations for both medical assisting and medical coding and billing. NHA’s certification and continuing education programs have helped nearly 200,000 individuals obtain better pay, career opportunities, and job security.

Entry-level wages range from $14 to $18 per hour for medical assistants as cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level wages for medical coders may start about $25 per hour.

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Allison Montoya

Allison Montoya
Medical Assisting Student

"After my first semester experiencing the outstanding curriculum and student- teacher relationship, I realized I love doing this and going to school again. I didn't want to go back to school but after my wonderful learning experience I'm continuing on in this field- it makes me truly happy."
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Video: Student Vanessa Vicario recommends Allan Hancock College's Medical Assisting Program as a great place to start a career.

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Last Modified Jul 2, 2015