Best Nebraska Medical Assistant Programs & Training Options

June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers

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The strongest industries in Nebraska are farming and ranching but the health care industry is doing very well, too. There are some 2 million people in the state, and each of these people has health needs. This means there is a strong demand for people who are skilled and caring. The demand is the strongest in areas like Omaha. There are a number of schools in the state that offer medical assisting programs. Many of these are covered under the Nebraska Student Loan Repayment Program, which has been designed to attract more students into the industry, as there is such a shortage of staff.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that Nebraska is one of the best paying states for medical assistants. Some 6,800 people are currently working in this role and they earn an average of $28,150, well above the region’s average. Those who are certified medical assistants tend to be the most in demand. This means that choosing a program that allows you to become certified is generally a better option in terms of career prospects and salary.

The demand growth in the field is also expected to be much quicker than any other profession. This is due to the aging population of the state in general, and health care professionals specifically. This means that there is much job security in this field as well. It is very important, however, to choose a school that offers the best possible options in terms of your own needs and requirements.

Top Medical Assistant Programs in Nebraska 2020

Rank School Location
1 Nebraska Methodist College Omaha, NE
2 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
3 Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha, NE
  1. Nebraska Methodist College
    Location

    Omaha, NE

    At the Nebraska Methodist College, students undergo medical assistant training in order to prepare them to become the best employees in the field of health care. To do this, they are able to use state-of-the-art lab facilities, work with staff who are highly knowledgeable, and access some of the best student support services. Additionally, students will need to take part in an externship, which is organized through the school itself, which has affiliations with some of the best health care facilities in the state. Once they complete the program, students can be certified as medical assistants.

    • Campus: Omaha, Nebraska
    • Type: Private, non-profit
    • Accreditation: ABHES
    • Tuition: $11,995
    • Minimum time commitment: 11 months
    • Online availability: No
    • Degree requirements: High school or GED
    • Programs: Certificate
    • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid
  2. Central Community College
    Location

    Grand Island, NE

    Central Community College prides itself on being one of the most accessible colleges in the state. Their Associate’s Degree in medical assisting is designed to ensure students receive all the clinical and administrative training they require. To complete the program, students must take part in an externship as well. During the course of the program, studies are able to use state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms. Once they have completed the program, graduates would be able to take the examination to become certified.

    • Campus: Grand Island, Nebraska
    • Type: Public
    • Accreditation: CAAHEP
    • Tuition: $80 per credit hour
    • Minimum time commitment: 2 years
    • Online availability: No
    • Degree requirements: High school or GED
    • Programs: Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting
    • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid
  3. Metropolitan Community College
    Location

    Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha, NE

    At Metropolitan Community College, several campuses across Nebraska offer medical assistant certificate programs. The programs are divided into four segments, three of which have to be completed in classrooms and labs, and the final segment as an externship. The college has fantastic support facilities, extracurricular activities, and more. The program allows students to take the AAMA certification.

    • Campus: Elkhorn Valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha, Nebraska
    • Type: Public
    • Accreditation: CAAHEP
    • Tuition: $3,024
    • Minimum time commitment: One year
    • Online availability: Some
    • Degree requirements: High school or GED
    • Programs: Medical Assistant Certificate
    • School Site:  Tuition and Financial Aid

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