Many colleges in the state of Maryland offer medical assisting certificates, diplomas and associate and bachelor degree programs that help prepare graduates to pursue careers in physicians’ offices, clinics and nursing homes.
Medical assistants, not to be confused with physician assistants, work in clinical or administrative settings or perform a variety of both. They schedule patients’ appointments, change bandages, use electronic health records (EHRs) software, and record patients’ vitals. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in Maryland, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...
Maryland General Education Information and Data[vii]
- There are 41 four year institutions in Maryland, compared to the national average of 56
- There are 21 two year institutions compared to the national average of 33
- The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951 and Maryland has 154,412
- The total female fall enrollment in Maryland is 209,081 while the national average is 228,592
F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in Maryland
What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from Maryland? [i]
- There are currently 14,190 medical assistants employed in Maryland.
- There are 12,490 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 7% increase and approximately 310 annual job openings.
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in Maryland is $26,740.
- The hourly mean 10th percentile wage is $10.23.
Where do medical assistants work?
Medical assistants usually work in physician's offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. They perform administrative and clinical tasks that involve working with patients, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Did you know Maryland boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? Johns Hopkins Hospital is even ranked nationally in 15 specialties, including #1 and # 3 in rheumatology and ophthalmology, respectively.
Top 5 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in Maryland:
- Johns Hopkins Hospital
- University of Maryland Medical Center
- Mercy Medical Center
- MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
- University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center
Lowest 10th% Salary
Highest 90th% Salary
|Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division||$24,730||$45,010|
What is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in Maryland?
Medical Billing & Coding: $25,600[iii]
Pharmacy Technician: $22,030[v]
CNA (certified nursing assistant): $22,290[vi]
How do I earn a medical assistant certification in Maryland?
If you earn your medical assisting certification or diploma, employers may find you more attractive as a potential employee –even if you technically do not need to be certified. Since there are a variety of medical assisting schools in Maryland, the choice is yours as to which program seems to be the best fit for you. Medical assisting programs may be offered by community colleges, technical schools, or colleges. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits five certifications for medical assistants.
Below are a few related fields that do require state licensure:
- Dental Hygienist:[viii]Requires certification via the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. You must pass the national NERB exam to be licensed by the Board of Dental Examiners, be at least 18 years old, and have a four year college degree.
- Medical Radiologic Technologists:[ix] Requires certification via the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Requirements include an associate degree or hospital based training in an approved program, as well as passing the national examination and becoming ARRT certified.
- Nurse Aid:[x] Requires certification via the Maryland State Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene. As required by federal and state laws, all nursing assistants like Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNAs), and Certified Medicine Aides (CMAs) must be certified to work in licensed health care facilities. Examinations are provided by The Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant Testing Service (MDGNATS).
What medical assisting professional organizations are there in Maryland?
By becoming part of a professional medical assisting organization after graduation, you could find resources to assist you in jumpstarting your medical assisting career. In Maryland, the Maryland Society of Medical Assistants is such an organization. When you visit their website at http://www.aama-md.org/index.htm, you can find information about becoming recertified, membership qualifications, fundraisers, and additional resources.