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    How do one become a "Medical Assistant?" What kind of education and training, license is needed. Can someone help me and let me know. Thanks.

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    There are a lot of "Certificate" courses out there. I don't think they are very long. You learn to do vital signs, draw blood etc. I know in my area there are a few schools like "Medix" that offer the courses.

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    why even bother with the obvious. Just know where you are need it and where you can help the most.

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    What Is a Medical Assistant? The Answer Depends on where you train.

    It really depends on where you train as a Medical Assistant (M.A.). The Medical Assistants that train in Africa for example, are not the same as what Technical Institutes in North America, like Herzing Inst. train. NO!

    The M.As in Africa train for 3 years. Their job description is like that of PAs in North America. The M.A program however, is being phased out and replaced with the Clinical Officer (C.O.) Program in most countries, in that part of the world, for the next number of years.

    In North America, it depends on where you train and where you practice. But certainly not as PAs.

    FOR EXAMPLE: AT ST. AUGUSTINE, THEY SAY(visit their website):
    • Medical assistant program that is accredited, affordable and accessible
    • medical assistant certificate in just 6-8 weeks with online training
    • Specialize in a promising career through medical assistant education
    • The best medical assistance program designed by qualified healthcare professionals
    IN AFRICA THIS IS NOT AN ONLINE PROGRAME: It is College/Medical School based training where basic sciences are done in first year then clinical sciences in 2nd & 3rd year while doing clinical rotations in hospital. AND they do diagnosis & treatment (prescribe)...this is their main job description.

    In "misleading concepts as this" REMEMBER to always ask, where did you train? What does it mean to be ......? What do you do?

    That is if WE really want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compassion MD View Post
    How do one become a "Medical Assistant?" What kind of education and training, license is needed. Can someone help me and let me know. Thanks.
    On the upper right navbar menu of the Medical Assistants portal, you will find a menu tree titled "Other Medical Assistant Pages". There you will find much of the information you are seeking
    1. Medical Assistants Portal
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    3. Medical Assistants Training
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    i think for being a medical assistant you should search for a good medical school near your place..

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    i think u need Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) as they are called in Texas and California, care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. if u want more information Please visit imededu.com

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