Many colleges and vocational schools in the state of Missouri 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.
While working as a medical assistant and performing clinical and administrative tasks, you might use tools like spirometers, hypodermic needles, and medical software. Before we get into education information for medical assistants in Missouri, we thought you’d be interested to learn some general education information about the state...
Missouri General Education Information and Data[vii]
- There are 89 four year institutions in Missouri, compared to the national average of 56
- There are 49 two year institutions compared to the national average of 33
- The national average for total male fall enrollment is 171,951 and Missouri has 178,191
- The total female fall enrollment in Missouri is 246,753 while the national average is 228,592
F.A.Q.'s for Medical Assistants in Missouri
What are the medical assisting job and earning statistics from Missouri?
- There are currently 9,550 medical assistants employed in Missouri.[i]
- There are 10,990 projected jobs by 2022, which is a 16% increase and approximately 330 annual job openings.[ii]
- The annual mean 10th percentile wage for medical assistants in Missouri is $20,230.[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 Missouri boasts several hospitals ranked by U.S. News and World Report? The Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University is even ranked nationally in 14 specialties, including #8 and #10 in pulmonology and nephrology, respectively.
Top 5 Regionally Ranked Hospitals in Missouri:
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University
- St. Luke's Hospital
- Boone Hospital Center
- Heartland Regional Medical Center
- CoxHealth Hospital
Lowest 10th% Salary
Highest 90th% Salary
|Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL||$19,200||$31,160|
|Jefferson City, MO||$20,040||$39,030|
|Kansas City, MO-KS||$23,140||$44,240|
|St. Joseph, MO-KS||$19,740||$38,660|
|St. Louis, MO-IL||$20,870||$37,610|
What is the annual mean 10th percentile wage for other health related fields in Missouri?
Medical Billing & Coding: $22,630[iii]
Pharmacy Technician: $20,610[v]
CNA (certified nursing assistant): $16,930[vi]
How do I earn a medical assistant certification in Missouri?
Before you begin to pursue your medical assisting degree or certificate, keep in mind that, even if it is not mandatory for you to be certified to work in medical assisting, employers may want to hire candidates who have certificates or diplomas. With this in mind, pursuing graduation from a medical assistant program may be a great way to jumpstart your future career. You may attend a vocational or technical school, a community college, or a traditional, four-year university with a medical assisting program in Missouri. 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 Missouri State Dental Board. You must pass the National Board Examination, have successfully completed a course in dental hygiene in an accredited dental hygiene school, pass a state or regional competency exam, and pass a written examination on Missouri dental laws.
- EMT:[ix] Requires certification from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Requirements include completion of the EMT-Basic training program and passing the State EMT Practical and the National Registry Written Examination, along with other requirements.
- Nurse Aide:[x] Requires certification by Missouri Department Of Health and Senior Services. Requirements include completing approved training program of 75 hours classroom training, 100 hours of on-the-job training, and successfully passing an exam.
What medical assisting professional organizations are there in Missouri?
If you are interested in potentially enhancing your network after graduation, consider joining a professional medical assistant organization. The Missouri State Society is such an organization and their webpage (http://www.americanmedtech.org/BeInvolved/StateSocieties/Missouri/MissouriStateSocietyHome.aspx) offers members information like a delegate report, meetings, events, photos, bylaws, and a newsletter.