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Medical Assistant Schools in Nebraska

Are you ready to make a career change? Would you like to have a job that will let you help others while earning a great salary? If so, you should consider medical assisting. This already exceptional career field is only expected to get better in coming years, and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be as much as 30% growth or more over the next decade. This means that there will be even more open positions and that salaries will likely increase as the demand for skilled employees grows. At this time, the Bureau reports that there are between 2,270 and 6,920 medical assistants working across Nebraska. This places the state just slightly below the national average. The medical assistant salary range is just slightly below average as well. In Nebraska, medical assistants currently earn between $28,480 and $30,610, plus benefits.

If you have decided on a medical assisting career, the first thing you need to do is to get your education and training. When choosing a program, look for one that has been accredited through either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Earning your degree with one of these accreditations shows employers that your training has met rigorous standards. It also qualifies you to sit for the national certification examination. While no states require medical assistants to become certified, doing so shows your dedication to your profession and can open new doors of opportunity to you.

Central Community College

  • Accreditation: CAAHEP
  • Tuition: $92/credit hour
  • Program: Associate’s degree
  • Central Community College has an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting degree for students who want to become Certified Medical Assistants. CCC has campuses in Columbus, Grand Island, and Hastings as well as satellite campuses in Holdrege, Kearney, and Lexington for convenient access to students in a broad area of Nebraska. Students who are interested in completing their medical assistant training at CCC can learn more by attending a campus visit day or by scheduling a personal or group tour.

Kaplan University

  • Accreditation: CAAHEP
  • Tuition:$35,827 (Degree)
  • Program: Associate’s degree
  • Kaplan University has accredited certificate and degree options for those who wish to become medical assistants. Students can earn an associate’s degree in medical assisting in two years. Kaplan University has campuses in Lincoln and Omaha and offers students the ability to try it out for free. Through the Kaplan Commitment program, students can attend classes for three weeks with no obligation before making a final educational decision. Students at Kaplan also enjoy a wide range of services and benefits that include career workshops, networking webinars, and much more.

Nebraska Methodist College

  • Accreditation: CAAHEP
  • Tuition: $12,700
  • Program: Certificate
  • Nebraska Methodist College, in Omaha, offers students an accredited medical assistant certificate program that students can complete in only one year. This training program boasts an 89% job placement rate as well as flexible hours and excellent student support. Students who receive their training through Nebraska Medical College receive extensive training in fully-stocked laboratories before getting real-world experience in a 300-hour externship.

Southeast Community College

  • Accreditation: CAAHEP
  • Tuition: $7,006
  • Program: Diploma
  • Located in Lincoln, Southeast Community College offers a diploma in medical assisting that takes 12 months to complete and that has a 94% placement/transfer rate. Students who choose SCC have access to intramural sports, student clubs and organizations, and social activities. In addition, this school is ranked 8th in the nation for student success rates and in the top 10% of all community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute two years in a row.