Medical Assistant Programs Guide

Sara Neglia Interview

I am a 33 year old, single mother of three. My job as a server in a sports bar left me unable to be with my children at night and the pay was never consistent. I decided that I needed a change for myself and for my children. I have always had a passion to work in the healthcare field and to take care of others. The Medical Assistant program was the best decision for me. I could accomplish my goal in as little as eight months and begin my career. The program consisted of hands on learning, which in my opinion is the best education. Computer skills, lab work, and lecture were all offered to complete adequate training for the field.


Why were you interested in medical assistant training?
I became interested in the program for many reasons. First, I wanted to fulfill my goal of working in the healthcare field. Second, the program allowed me to spend much more time with my family. And also, I choose to attend an accredited college in order to promote my skills for employment.


How did you choose the medical assistant program you attended?
I choose the program I attended because they offered reasonable tuition and guided the financial assistance that I required to attend.


What did you like about the program?
The teachers were also very well knowledgeable and educated in the healthcare field. The small class size also influenced me to choose this program. I was able to get the attention required to further my education.


What did you not like about the program?
The downside to the program was that I did not receive the same information, being a night student, as the students during the day. Forms that needed to be submitted and reviewed were not sent in a timely manner for night students.


What types of jobs did you and your fellow classmates get after completing the training? How much did these jobs pay?
My classmates have joined physical therapy teams and some are working in hospitals. Rehabs, doctors offices, urgent care centers, are all in need of medical assistants. The job pays between $12 and $20 an hour depending on experience and certification. The AAMA offers certification tests after completion of an accredited program.


What was the total cost for your medical assistant program?
The total cost for me was around $20,000.


How did you pay for your medical assistant program?
I received financial aide and a grant to pay for my education. The total amount I paid was $9,000.


What advice would you give to students regarding paying for their medical assistant training?
My advice is to gain any and all financial aide that is available and to plan on paying for school for a couple of years. While looking for a medical assistant program, one should make sure that it is accredited by the AAMA.


What things should a student look for when choosing a medical assistant program?
The cost and how much financial aide the school is willing to give should be considered. The job field is competitive, so you should make sure that the school has placement assistance as well. Overall, when choosing a program, you should be 100% certain that this is the field you want to join. Otherwise, your wasting your time and money.

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