While the growth rate for Vermont medical assisting jobs is lower than the national average, professionals in these positions earn some of the highest salaries for medical assistants in the nation. With a high rate of competition for positions in the field, it is important to pursue medical assisting training and earn national credentials before seeking employment. Vermont medical assisting programs at community colleges, career colleges and vocational schools strive to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become certified medical assistants.
In this guide, learn more about the requirements, education and certification process.
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Top Vermont Medical Assisting School for 2017
To be considered for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria:
- Accredited at the institutional level
- Private nonprofit or public school
- Minimum of 1 bachelor's or master's degree in subject area for 4-year schools
- Minimum of 1 associate degree or certificate program in subject area for 2-year schools
Schools were then scored on factors such as:
- Cost & Financial Aid
- Number and variety of program offerings
- Student-teacher ratios
- Graduation rates (4-year schools only)
- Placement and support services offered
- Academic/Career counseling services
- Employment services
- Loan default rates
These factors were assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or "bang for your buck" of a college or degree program.
Beginning a career as a medical assisting in a doctor's office, medical clinic, or urgent care center can begin with earning an online degree in medical assisting. There are a lot of schools offering these programs, which is why we've done some research to put together a list of the top programs offered in Vermont based on class size, student-teacher ratio, and tuition cost. Check below to find the best medical assisting program in Vermont for 2017.
Spotlight on Vermont Medical Assisting School
If you're wondering where to start your pursuit for a medical assisting training program, the following program is a good place to start your research.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF VERMONT
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)- only school in Vermont
Students must complete two 80-hour internships with patient contact in out-patient facilities, private practices, or clinical settings.
CCV is the first community college system to earn ABHES accreditation for its Medical Assisting program.
Over 100 students enrolled in the program when it began in fall 2012.
Associate of Applied Science, medical assisting
Certification & Training for Vermont Medical Assistants
1. How does Vermont define "medical assistant?"
The Vermont State Board of Nursing defines a medical assistant as "a person who performs administrative and/or clinical duties to support the work of medical professionals in various health care settings." Medical assistants carry out basic administrative tasks such as updating and filing records and clinical tasks such as taking vital signs and preparing patient rooms for exams.
2. Is certification required?
Medical assistants in Vermont are not licensed or regulated. However, obtaining national certification may increase the likelihood of finding employment as a medical assistant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
3. Is certification available?
National certification for medical assistants in Vermont is available from several different agencies. Approved national certifications include (but are not limited to):
|Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)||American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)|
|Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)||American Medical Technologists (AMT)|
|National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)||MNational Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)|
4. Does a medical assistant need to have a formal education or training?
Medical assistants in Vermont do not require formal education or training. However, they may only perform tasks under the direct supervision of a licensed nurse or physician. The Vermont Board of Nursing position statement specifically addresses the ways in which nurses interact with medical assistants in the Role of the Nurse in Delegating Nursing Interventions. It is the nurse's responsibility to do the following:
- Obtain the scope of practice of each medical assistant under supervision in writing
- Verify documented competency of the medical assistant to perform all clinical tasks
- Observe and monitor the medical assistant's competence
- Address failure to conform to standards of practice in a timely manner with the medical assistant and facility management
5. What type of formal education and/or training available?
Entry-level education for Vermont medical assisting jobs is available from on-the-job training and post-secondary programs granting a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree. These programs provide training for a wide range of skills, including (but not limited to):
- Managing insurance and reimbursement procedures
- Medical coding
- Taking and recording vital signs
- Preparing examination rooms for physicals
- Taking and recording medical histories
- Collecting blood specimens
- Venipuncture techniques
- EKG procedures
Vermont Medical Assisting Salaries
The following Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) salary figures compare 2015 medical assistant earnings in Vermont and the nation.
City and Area Salaries for Vermont Medical Assistants
Salaries for medical assisting in Vermont can vary according to geographical location, illustrated in the 2014 wage amounts from BLS below. Medical assistants in the Burlington area earn higher salaries than their counterparts in Southern Vermont.
|Burlington-South Burlington, VT||$29,220||$33,860||$38,440||$16.28|
|Southern Vermont-nonmetropolitan area||$28,870||$34,210||$38,540||$15.60|
|Northern Vermont-nonmetropolitan area||$26,420||$30,820||$36,540||$16.45|
Employment Trends for Medical Assistants in Vermont
The demand for medical assistants in the U.S. is greatly affected by factors such as an aging population and national access to health insurance. Although the growth rate of medical assisting jobs in Vermont is much lower than the national growth rate of 29 percent from 2012-2022, the professionals who fill the average annual openings can expect to earn comfortable salaries. The table below outlines the projected growth of Vermont medical assisting jobs with those nationally.
Medical Assistant Estimated Employment Growth 2012-2022
Medical Assisting Resources in Vermont
American Association of Medical Assistants - State Chapters
AAMA provides education, networking opportunities, and employment information for medical assistants in the U.S. Because Vermont does not have a local or state society for medical assistants, AAMA considers members from the state to be "members at large."
The Lawful Scope of Practice of Medical Assistants - 2012 Update
American Medical Technologists (AMT) offers this article about state laws affecting the authority of physicians to delegate clinical tasks to medical assistants in several states, including Vermont.
Role of the Nurse When Working with Medical Assistants- Vermont
Medical assistants can read about the role of supervising nurses in this government from the State Board of Nursing.
Salary.com, Vermont Medical Assistants
Explore salaries and employment statistics for medical assistants in Vermont.
Vermont Board of Medical Practice
This board is overseen by the Vermont Department of Health in its licensing of physicians and physicians assistants in the state. Regulations and other announcements from the Board apply to medical assistants in Vermont.