Healthcare Assistant: Diploma Description

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Earning a Diploma as a Healthcare Assistant is the first step to becoming a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). Students pursuing this diploma may expect to take courses in anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, and administrative office procedures. Read more below for information on obtaining this college diploma.
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Why Earn a Diploma as a Healthcare Assistant?

A Healthcare Assistant Diploma is a perfect fit for the individual who wishes to help people in a healthcare setting. Furthermore, since it doesn't require the years and years of schooling required for registered nurses or physicians, a Healthcare Assistant Diploma is an excellent choice for students who do not have a lot of time or money to spend on achieving a new career.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook and Demand for Healthcare Assistants

Medical assistants are in great demand by employers of healthcare professionals at this time. Employment opportunities are expected to continue growing at a fast pace through the next several years. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov predicts this occupation to be among the fastest-growing occupations nationwide.

Salary Information for Healthcare Assistants

Those who find employment as a healthcare assistant or medical assistant may expect to earn approximately $25,466 in their first year of employment, according to PayScale.com. After five years of employment, the average salary for healthcare assistants goes up to about $27,963 per year.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements for Healthcare Assistants

Students must take part of their training in a hospital or other healthcare setting, completing a work experience placement. Students expecting to earn a Healthcare Assistant Diploma must be able to master course material in the following topics:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical and Lab Competencies
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Medical Insurance and Coding
  • Human Diseases

Skills Learned for Healthcare Assistants

Students will engage in practical activities as well as receiving in-class instruction in order to relate theories learnt to practical application. Since healthcare and medical assistants must provide a variety of services for a health unit, the following skills are required of graduates with a Healthcare Assistant Diploma:

  • Prepare patients for surgery or medical examinations
  • Maintaining accurate, confidential records for all patients
  • Perform diagnostic tests such as blood work, EKG, and urinalysis

Popular Schools

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    1. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
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    2. The George Washington University

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    Master's
      • MSHS in Health Care Quality
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality
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    3. American University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
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    4. Kaplan University

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    Master's
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Educator
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting
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    5. Utica College

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    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • Masters in Health Care Administration
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care
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      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Service Organization
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    6. Colorado Technical University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management
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    7. University of the Southwest

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    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Management
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    8. Virginia College

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    Associate's
      • Associate: Medical Assistant
    Certificate
      • Certification - Medical Assistant
      • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician
      • Certification - Pharmacy Technician
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    9. Northcentral University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
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    10. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting

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George Mason University

  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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The George Washington University

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  • Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality

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American University

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Kaplan University

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  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Medical Assisting

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Utica College

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  • Masters in Health Care Administration
  • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care

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Colorado Technical University

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  • MS - Healthcare Management
  • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management

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University of the Southwest

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Virginia College

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  • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician

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