A Guide to Medical Assisting Education in Alaska
Medical Assisting is a career with plenty of growth opportunities in the U.S.A, and right now is a great time to pursue a career in Medical Assisting in the state of Alaska.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, job opportunities in this occupation will increase by 27 percent by 2022.That is a major jump, and will certainly have the attention of skilled workers seeking occupation in this industry. [Leer en español]
Anyone weighing their options will want to know about Medical Assistants’ salaries.
The average salary of Medical Assistants working in Alaska is currently $39,680 annually, or $19.08 per hour. Most are working in hospitals and clinic settings. Starting wages for unqualified personnel is around $12.00 per hour.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area in Alaska
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Outlook and Opportunities
In some areas of Alaska, a greater need has recently emerged for health care workers. This is likely due, at least in part, to increased accessibility to remote areas. The current growth potential in certain areas of Alaska makes this an excellent time to explore options for those who do not mind the climate.
Certification and Licensing Requirements
As is true of most states, Alaska does not require Medical Assistants to be certified. However, certification confers upon them higher levels of authority and autonomy. They are able to perform more complex and technical medical procedures than their uncertified counterparts. Many facilities will require that candidates for employment already hold a certificate, degree, or license, and can justify paying higher salaries to those that do.
Certification programs in Alaska are usually between one and two years, and each comes with its own set of requirements. Examples of these are RMA (Registered Medical Assistant) through the AMT, (American Medical Technologists), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants), and National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) through National Center for Competency Testing (NCTT).
Universities and colleges offering medical assisting programs all over Alaska are listed below.
College and University Listings
1415 E Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507-1033Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
Alaska Career College’s Certificate-level Medical Assistant program is taught at their campus in the city of Anchorage. Most of the school’s 479 students are on 2-year programs. The Medical Assisting program, with a duration of 46 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. Alaska Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.* The cost of tuition is in the order of $14,965 yearly.
2221 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 120, Anchorage, Alaska 99508Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
Charter College’s Certificate-level Medical Assistant program is offered at their Anchorage campus in the city of Anchorage. Of the 3,267 students, about 33% are postgraduates. The school is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.* Fees for tuition are broadly about $20,137 per year.
3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508Medical Assisting – Associate Program
The Associate’s program at University of Alaska Anchorage is taught at their campus in Anchorage City, Alaska. This is a full, 4-year public college with 17,363 students, of which 94% are undergraduates. The school is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.* Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $5,545 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $17,177 yearly, while study materials may cost about $1,440, depending on the program.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are based at their campus in Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star County. Of the 9,166 students, about 13% are postgraduates. University of Alaska Fairbanks is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.* Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $5,674 and for out-of-state students approximately $17,303 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $1,400, although this will depend on the program.
* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.