Have you been wondering about pursuing a career in medical assisting? If so, there are variety of programs available in South Carolina —including certificates, diplomas and degree programs.
As a medical assistant, you carry out clinical and administrative tasks such as taking vital signs, record patient histories, and fill out insurance forms. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in South Carolina, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...
South Carolina General Education Information and Data[vii]
- There are 46 four-year institutions in South Carolina, compared to the national average of 56
- There are 29 two-year institution compared to the national average of 33
- The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951 and South Carolina has 99,025
- The total female fall enrollment in South Carolina is 147,642 while the national average is 228,592
F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in South Carolina
What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from South Carolina?
- There are currently 8,380 medical assistants employed in South Carolina.[i]
- There are 10,390 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 28% increase and approximately 380 annual job openings.[ii]
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in South Carolina is $20,110.[i]
- The hourly mean 10th percentile wage is $10.23.[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 South Carolina boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? The Medical University of South Carolina is even ranked nationally in the ear, nose & throat specialty.
Top 5 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in South Carolina:
- Medical University of South Carolina
- Spartanburg Regional Medical Center
- Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
- Roper Hospital
- AnMed Health
Lowest 10th% Salary
Highest 90th% Salary
|Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC||$19,400||$43,540|
|Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC||$20,760||$36,460|
What is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in South Carolina?
Medical Billing & Coding: $21,740[iii]
EMT (emergency medical technicians): $20,220[iv]
Pharmacy Technician: $19,440[v]
CNA (certified nursing assistant): $16,930[vi]
How do I earn a medical assistant certification in South Carolina?
Do you want to get started pursuing your medical assistant certification or degree? You should know that, while certification may not be necessary, many employers may prefer to hire employees who have certificates or diplomas. So what are you waiting for? Whether you want to attend a technical, two-year, or four-year school, we may be able to assist you! 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 SC Board of Dentistry. For more information regarding this field, contact the SC Board of Dentistry.
- Dental Assistant:[ix] Requires certification from the SC Board of Dentistry. Contact the licensing agency, the SC Board of Dentistry, for more information.
What medical assisting professional organizations are there in South Carolina?
Are you a recent graduate from a medical assisting program in South Carolina? If so, maybe you might consider becoming a member or a professional medical assisting organization. The South Carolina Society of Medical Assistants (SCSMA) is one such organization that offers members information regarding community service projects, meetings and events, local chapters, their mission statement, and more on their website at http://www.scsma.com/home/4584854971.
Making the decision to pursue your medical assisting education in South Carolina might be an exciting move for you. The following are some South Carolina partner schools that offer medical assisting programs. Take a look around and remember that we are here to help you!