Your Career in Medical Assisting in Hawaii Starts Here
Those interested in living and working in Hawaii may be inclined to start a career in Health Care, during one of the most significant employment growth periods of our time. Currently the outlook on jobs in Hawaii is favorable, with new jobs in medical assisting opening up every year. [Leer en español]
It may surprise you to learn that thousands of individuals working in this industry have inadvertently fallen into a career, by starting out at entry level jobs they didn’t know would have promise. This happens when caregivers, nurse’s aides, medical transcriptionists, office helpers, and caregivers demonstrating aptitude are promoted or hired into new positions in their field or clinic. Most states, including Hawaii, do not impose any special certification requirements, so that Medical Assistants are able to carry out more formal job functions. This can turn out to be a very fair deal for underprivileged individuals in situations that are not conducive to them attaining education or licensure.
That being said, if you want to hasten your way into a rewarding and profitable position, attaining a recognized certificate is the way to go.
Currently, the job outlook for assistants and technicians is favorable at this time in the state of Hawaii. Although not up as high as some states, Hawaii expects to see a 13 percent increase in health care jobs (projected by 2022, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics). Compared with other states by region, population, and salary, a 13 percent rise in these positions over ten years’ time is very respectable.
Attaining licensure by graduating from a program and/or passing an exam is necessary, as doing so will yield the best odds possible when pursuing the actual job market.
Medical Assistants today in Hawaii, earn an average wage of $16.22 per hour on the lower side, to a whopping $22.02 per hour on the high side, with an average $33,730 annual earnings. Not bad for a position that requires 0-2 years of schooling.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area in Hawaii
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The AAMA is an agency that oversees certification in medical assisting. Recognized types are CMA, NCMA and RMA. These types of certifications generally require training, education, or passing an exam, or all of the above.
Schools and institutions that offer training programs can be reviewed below. Graduation from one of these will prepare the ambitious and aspiring medical worker for certification, as well as for job placement by offering the tools and resources (such as AAMA enrollment) that gives them an edge in the market, for example by giving members access to a database, which contains current job postings.
College and University Listings
1221 Kapiolani Boulevard PH35, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-3518Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
Hawaii Medical College’s Certificate-level Medical Assistant program is taught at their campus in the city of Anchorage, Hawaii. This private, for-profit college has round 510 students in total, with the majority of students on 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.* The cost of tuition is broadly in the order of $17,434 yearly.
Kapiolani Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are taught at their campus in the city of Anchorage, HI. This public college has in the region of 7,816 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.* Tuition fees for in-state students are about $3,084 and for students from other states approximately $8,220 annually. Books and supplies can cost around $952, although this will depend on the program.
345 Queen Street, Suite # 400, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813Medical Assisting – Certificate Program
Med-Assist School of Hawaii Inc’s Certificate program in Medical Assisting is imparted at their campus in the city of Anchorage, Hawaii. Most of the school’s 55 students are on short programs of under two years. The Medical Assisting program, with a duration of 38 credit hours, is the college’s largest program. The school has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.* The cost of tuition is, as a rough guide, in the order of $15,700 yearly.
1111 Bishop St Ste 400, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-2811Medical Assistant – Associate Program
Remington College’s Associate program is based at their Honolulu campus in the city of Anchorage. This private, not-for-profit college has approximately 463 students in total, with the majority of students on 4-year programs. Remington College-Honolulu Campus has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.* Tuition fees are likely to be around $16,950 per year.
* 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.