Finlandia University located in Hancock, Michigan, has had their 2 year Medical Assistant Associate Degree course accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Finlandia University now boasts that they have the only accredited medical assistant program in the Upper Peninsula.
Their program has been accredited for the next 5 years through to September 2017.
Pam Audette, director and assistant professor for the medical assistant program, said "Graduates of Finlandia's medical assistant program are awarded an associate degree from an accredited program. This is a huge advantage for Finlandia MA graduates because it means they are eligible to sit for the national exam to gain the credential of certified medical assistant."
Although it is not necessary to do a 2 year course in order to become certified, there are certain advantages when it comes to career progression into areas such as health administration or becoming a medical assistant instructor - for more information see our report Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting.
The five semester program at Finlandia includes a summer semester in order to complete the Associate Degree in 2 years.
The program begins with courses in College English, math, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and computer applications, then in later semesters it moves onto subjects such as medical office administrative procedures, medical office clinical procedures, and lab procedures.
In order to complete the course, students will have to undertake two externships - one administrative and one clinical. That's an excellent level of preparation for working in the real world, and it should give graduates an edge when it comes to finding a job.
For more information visit Finlandia University.