Whether you’re looking to attend a college or vocational school, you can find a variety of medical assistant schools in Oklahoma that offer medical assisting education—including certificate, diploma and degree programs.
Depending on the program you choose, furthering your medical assisting credentials may help you become more qualified to pursue employment in a hospital, doctor’s office, nursing home or other healthcare facility. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in Oklahoma, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...
Oklahoma General Education Information and Data[vii]
- There are 40 four year institutions in Oklahoma, compared to the national average of 56
- There are 20 two year institutions, compared to the national average of 33
- The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951, while Oklahoma sits at 97,524
- Similarly, female fall enrollment in Oklahoma is 123,126 while the national average of 228,592
F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in Oklahoma
What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from Oklahoma?
- There are currently 7,730 medical assistants employed in Oklahoma.[i]
- There are 9,080 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 19% increase and approximately 290 annual job openings.[ii]
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in Oklahoma is $20,220.[i]
- The hourly mean 10th percentile wage is $13.39[i]
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 Oklahoma boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? The OU Medical Center is even ranked nationally in pediatric urology.
Top 2 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in Oklahoma:
- OU Medical Center
- Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center
Lowest 10th% Salary
Highest 90th% Salary
|Oklahoma City, OK||$19,660||$33,040|
What is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in Oklahoma?
Medical Billing & Coding: $23,090[iii]
Pharmacy Technician: $20,230[iv]
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): $19,380[v]
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): $16,940[vi]
How do I earn a medical assistant certification in Oklahoma?
While medical assistants are not required to be certified, many employers may prefer to hire someone who has earned a certification or degree in medical assisting. It is typical for medical assistants to pursue graduation from postsecondary education programs, and medical assisting programs in Oklahoma are available from community colleges, vocational schools, technical schools, and universities. These programs usually lead to a certificate or diploma. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits five certifications for medical assistants.
Below are a few related fields that do require state licensure:
- Emergency Medical Technician[viii]: Requires certification via the Oklahoma State Department of Health Emergency Medical Services. To qualify you must: graduate from an approved Department of Transportation program offered at an approved training institution; perform a minimum of 252 hours of EMT training; be 18 years of age; maintain CPR certification through the American Heart Association, Red Cross for Professional Rescuers or National Safety council; pay the required fees; and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.
- Dental Hygienist[x]: Requires certification via the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry. To qualify you must: be a graduate of a two or four year accredited dental hygiene school from a program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association; have passed a theoretical exam such as the National Boards and a clinical exam equivalent to requirements recognized by Oklahoma; and pay the $100 exam fee.
What medical assisting professional organizations are there in Oklahoma?
Looking for a way to meet work contacts and keep up on industry trends once you graduate? Joining a professional medical assistant organization could be a great way to network and find out about potential job opportunities. The Oklahoma Society of Registered Medical Technologists helps connect medical assisting professionals with certification information, event details and industry news. You can find more information on their website at: http://www.americanmedtech.org/BeInvolved/StateSocieties/Oklahoma.aspx.
Have you decided to pursue a medical assisting education? If so, take a look at the list of our partner medical assistant schools in Oklahoma below and see if one seems good for you. And remember, while you may not be required to earn a medical assisting degree or certification, it’s good to keep in mind that some employers may prefer to hire candidates who have graduated from a medical assisting program.