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. All programs are imparted 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.* The cost of tuition for in-state students is usually in the order of $6,912 and for students from outside the state in the order of $15,072 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,400, although this will vary with the program.
Mount Washington College offers multiple training options, including an Associate program and a Certificate program. All programs are imparted 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 is institutionally accredited by 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
The Certificate program at Seacoast Career School can be taken at their Manchester campus in the city of Anchorage, NH. 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, while the program itself is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.* Fees for tuition are about $13,120 for each academic year.
White Mountains Community College offers multiple training options, including a Certificate program and an Associate program. All programs are imparted at their campus in the city of Anchorage. The majority of of the school’s 1,001 students are on 2-year programs. White Mountains Community College is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* The cost of tuition for in-state students is about $7,344 and for students from other states in the order of $15,504 per year, while books and supplies may cost in the order of $1,400, although this varies from program to program.
One College Place, Claremont, New Hampshire 03743-9707Medical Assistant – Certificate Program
The Certificate program at River Valley Community College is taught at their campus in the city of Anchorage, New Hampshire. The majority of of the school’s 954 students are on 2-year programs. River Valley Community College is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $6,855 and for students from other states around $15,015 for each academic year. Learning materials may cost roughly $1,600, although this will vary with 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.
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