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by SJVC on December 20, 2016 · 3:00 pm
The short answer is “no,” medical assistants do not need to be certified to work in California.¹ For some people, that’s one of the most appealing aspects about the position, considering how easy it is to become a medical assistant compared to other similar entry-level health care jobs. But just because medical assistants don’t need to be certified doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. Here we’ll look at some of the benefits of becoming certified and why it might be worth it for you to earn certification even though you don’t need it to work as a medical assistant in California.
Certification demonstrates a high level of professional competency and says to employers that you’re serious about medical assisting as a career. Here are three of the most commonly cited benefits of earning certification before (or even after) you start working as a medical assistant.
These are just some of the benefits of becoming certified. When you stack them up against the time and effort it takes to complete the certification requirements for medical assistants, the return on investment is obvious. So, what do you need to do to elevate your standing as a medical assistant?
In order to be eligible to sit for one of the nationally recognized medical assistant certification exams, you must first complete a medical assistant training program through an accredited school. Graduates of medical assistant certificate (7 months) and associate’s degree (14 months) programs are both eligible to sit for a certification exam. Once certified, plan on getting re-certified every 3 to 5 years. Not only is re-certification necessary to maintain your credential and position as a professional medical assistant, but it also helps you stay up-to-date so you can bring the most to the job.
You can train to become a certified medical assistant online through San Joaquin Valley College. Traditional training programs are also available at SJVC campuses located throughout California. Request more information about SJVC’s Medical Assistant program or call toll-free 866-544-7898.
Medical assisting is an exciting and rewarding entry-level healthcare career. To help you decide if this is the right path for you, SJVC created a free guide outlining the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Download your guide to learn what medical assistants do, why they are in demand, and how you can become one.
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