A Guide to Medical Assisting Training in New Hampshire
Currently, the healthcare industry is demonstrating a growth rate that is higher than average in terms of both revenue and employment.
Medical Assisting occupations are among those in popular demand, and New Hampshire is a very practical place to hang your hat if you are in pursuit of a dynamic career in healthcare. [Leer en español]
The conservative state of New Hampshire has a population of around one-and-a-half million, and it is bordered by several large states: Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts. Many residents of New Hampshire even commute across state lines into the bordering states and cities each day for work.
Right now, there are about 2,000 Medical Assistants employed in the state of New Hampshire, and there are more than eighty job openings every single year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by the year 2,022, these numbers will climb up to 2,360 total occupations. That’s an increase of nearly 23 percent – a much higher rate of growth than is typical of any occupation over a ten-year period. (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm)
What they do
Medical Assisting is its own job title but is often used interchangeably with other similar titles, as to include imaging techs, pharmacy techs, CNAs, physical therapy assistants and the like. Though the hard data here places Medical Assistants in their own category, there is sometimes confusion among the public in terms of identification.
We like to think of phlebotomists, lab techs, pharmacy techs, nursing aids, and the like, as specializations, or, a subcategory of the profession. Be able to identify the key differences in these teams, and you’ll be well on your way.
Typically, Medical Assistants greet patients, take weight, height, and vital signs, record symptoms, and histories, and communicate with patients. They may assist the physicians with treatments and examinations, and prepare and maintain tools and equipment.
Earnings will vary by region and context with as much variability as the tasks the staff members may perform. In New Hampshire, current mean earnings are around $15.00 per hour, but many will earn considerably more than this in certain conditions; for example, Concord and Manchester are two main cities with state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. Medical Assistants employed in hospitals and facilities in these cities for example, can earn higher wages. (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm)
Salaries by Metropolitan Area in New Hampshire
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division||410||$15.19||$31,600|
No requirements are placed by the state of New Hampshire requiring any specific credentials for Medical Assistants. That being said, employers are pushing for certification more and more, so that it is necessary to obtain certification through a recognized provider prior to hitting the job market. These days, on the job training alone is not enough with the push for standards and regulations increasing in stringency. Check out the AAMA or AMT websites for more information on how you can secure your future with a certificate. The websites will describe their differences in detail and explain the criteria you will need to meet before you can apply.
College and University Listings
Manchester Community College offers various Certificate program options in Medical Assisting. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Anchorage. The majority of of the school’s 2,968 students are on 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* Fees for tuition for in-state students are likely to be in the order of $6,912 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $15,072 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.
Mount Washington College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Anchorage. The majority of of the school’s 751 students are on 4-year programs. Mount Washington College has institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.*
670 North Commercial St, Manchester, New Hampshire 03101Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
Seacoast Career School’s Certificate program is imparted at their Manchester campus in the city of Anchorage. Most of the school’s 209 students are on short programs of under two years. The Medical Assisting program, with a duration of 40 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. Seacoast Career School-Manchester Campus has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, and the program is separately accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.* Fees for tuition are about $13,120 yearly.
White Mountains Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. Classes are taken at their campus in the city of Anchorage, New Hampshire. Most of the school’s 1,001 students are on 2-year programs. The school has institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* Tuition fees for in-state students are generally around $7,344 and for students from outside the state likely to be about $15,504 yearly, while books and supplies may cost about $1,400, although this varies from program to program.
One College Place, Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-9707Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
River Valley Community College’s Certificate program is offered at their campus in the city of Anchorage, NH. Most of the school’s 954 students are on 2-year programs. The school has institutional accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* Tuition fees for in-state students are around $6,855 and for out-of-state students approximately $15,015 annually. Study materials can cost around $1,600, depending on the program chosen.
* 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.
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