An accredited medical assistant program has been recognized for meeting specific educational standards set by authoritative accrediting bodies. The main accrediting institutions for medical assisting programs in the United States are the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Selecting an accredited medical assistant program is important because it guarantees a standard of education that meets industry requirements, ensuring graduates are eligible for certification exams and favored by employers. In some states, medical assistants must attend an accredited program to be licensed.
The programs listed on HealthJob are accredited by either the CAAHEP or ABHES as of October 2023. You can check the CAAHEP and ABHES websites for the most up-to-date information on accreditation.
Yes, completing a medical assistant program online is possible, though you may need to complete an externship to gain practical experience. You can browse our list of online medical assistant programs for more information.