Many colleges and vocational schools in Texas offer medical assisting certificates, diplomas and associate and degree programs, helping to prepare students to pursue careers in a variety of healthcare facilities.
While working as a medical assistant, you may collect blood and tissue specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing, along with answering phones, recording patient information, and scheduling appointments. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in Texas, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...
Texas General Education Information and Data[vii]
- There are 128 four-year insitutions in Texas, compared to the national average of 56
- There are 124 two-year institutions, compared to the national average of 33
- Total fall mall enrollment is 631,137 while the national average is 171,951
- Total female enrollment is 816,731 while the national average is 228,592
F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in Texas
What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from Texas?
- There are currently 52,380 medical assistants employed in Texas.i
- There are 67,960 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 32% increase and approximately 2,630 annual job openings. [ii]
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in Texas is $19,620. i
- The hourly mean 10th percentile wage is $9.43.ii
Where do medical assistants in Texas 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 Texas boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? The Houston Methodist Hospital is even ranked nationally in 11 specialties, including #10 for gastroenterology & GI surgery.
Top 5 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in Texas:
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
- Baylor University Medical Center
- Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
- University Hospital
|Metro Area||Lowest 10th% Salary||Highest 90th% Salary|
|Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX||$21,620||$37,690|
|Corpus Christi, TX||$16,970||$29,960|
|Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division||$22,680||$42,360|
|El Paso, TX||$16,700||$30,740|
|Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division||$21,190||$37,610|
|Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX||$20,310||$37,870|
|San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX||$20,450||$37,510|
What is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in Texas?
Medical Transcriptionist: $19,610[iii]
Radiologic Technologist: $35,610 [iv]
Surgical Technologist: $30,640[v]
Nursing Assistant: $17,430 [vi]
How do I earn a medical assistant certification in Texas?
Medical assistants are not required to be licensed in Texas. However, although certification is not required to enter the field of medical assisting, a large majority of job opportunities in Texas will require that you possess this credential. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies accredits five certifications for medical assistants. Below are a few similar careers that do require certification or licensure.
- Medical Radiologic Technologist- requires certification via the Medical Radiologic Technologist Certification Program of the Texas Department of Health. This requires passing of a MRT examination in radiography, nuclear medicine technology, or radiation therapy technology, depending on applicant's educational background. You also need to be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have specialized education and training. [viii]
- Emergency Medical Technician- requires certification via the Texas Department of State Health Services. This includes a written and physical exam, a valid driver license and specialized education and/or training. A person who is currently certified by the National Registry but did not complete a department-approved course may apply for the equal or lower level Texas certification by submitting a reciprocity application and a nonrefundable fee of $120.[ix]
Featured Sponsored Schools in Texas
UEI College provides students with career training that helps prepare them exclusively to pursue careers in the healthcare industry, including careers in the medical assisting field.
A combination of practical hands-on skill development, together with the academics needed to pursue a career as a medical assistant, are the hallmarks of an Anthem College education. Students learn in classrooms that are closely aligned to a real clinical setting, with medical labs also on campus.
- The Medical Assistant diploma program is intended to help prepare students to pursue entry-level careers in the medical assisting field. Students learn in lab settings where they observe demonstrations and practice medical techniques. Every student is given the opportunity to learn CPR, which is part of the medical assistant program curriculum. Students also study anatomy, physiology, the fundamentals of medical diagnostic, laboratory techniques, and more.
- About half of the school’s medical assisting graduates work in physicians’ offices, handling patient histories, giving injections, taking vital signs, and carrying out administrative functions.
- A career center is available to graduates of the Medical Assisting program, providing them with career coaching, workshops to help them pursue their careers, assistance with resumes and cover letters, and access to webinars on the latest career-seeking techniques. [xi]
- Another healthcare-related program available at UEI College’s Houston campus is the diploma in Medical Front Office and Billing.
Anthem College in Houston, TX is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS). [xi]
Providing students with quality, specialized career training in medical assisting is the goal of educators at Vista College, a career school with campuses in New Mexico and Texas.
Students interested in entering the allied healthcare field may earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at Vista College or instead opt to participate in the school’s diploma or certificate programs.
- The Medical Assistant Diploma, which takes less than a year to complete, includes instruction in medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, laboratory skills, clinical procedures, as well as administrative procedures like medical billing and coding and medical office management.
- An externship is required, providing students with on-the-job training.
- In less than two years, students may earn an associate degree in medical assisting, which covers much the same curriculum as that in the diploma program.
- Other healthcare-related programs provided by Vista College include the Patient Care Technician program, the Dental Assistant diploma, the Dental Assistant associate degree program, the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding diploma program and the associate degree in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding.
Vista College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. [xiii]
Program completion times for the programs listed above may vary depending on the specific program requirements. There may be changes to the programs offered, program lengths, and program descriptions noted above, so please contact the school directly for the most up-to-date information.