For an entry level career in the medical field that you can begin in two years or less, medical assisting may be just the thing. In some cases, medical assistants can begin work straight out of high school, although some employers prefer some form of post-secondary work when considering candidates. Post secondary education for medical assisting generally takes the form of either a certification program that can usually be completed in a year or less or an associate degree program that can be completed in about two years.

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Medical assistants usually work in doctors’ offices or similar healthcare facilities where they perform a variety of administrative duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, and maintaining patients’ records. They may also be involved in the billing and coding side of the medical office. Those medical assistants with more advanced training or a degree may also participate in certain clinical procedures such as assisting with medical exams, recording patients’ vital signs, and drawing blood for lab work.

Career and Job Outlook for Medical Assistants in South Dakota

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of medical assisting is expected to increase by 31 percent through the year 2020. This is a much faster job growth rate when compared with all occupations covered by BLS throughout the nation. Demand for qualified medical assistants throughout the country continues to increase as medical science continues to provide advances in both maintaining health and treating ailments. Within South Dakota, the majority of that growth is seen in the metropolitan areas of Rapid City and Sioux Falls. Average annual salary for medical assistants in South Dakota is about $26,060.

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Featured Medical Assistant Schools in SD

When seeking medical assistant schools in South Dakota, you have limited options to choose from. Research into each one is beneficial in helping you to narrow your preferences and weigh the pros and cons of each in terms of cost, length of study time, and eventual reward in the form of certification or associate degree. Regardless of which path you choose, any of the medical assistant schools in South Dakota can provide you with the advanced training that can take you beyond the entry level for this career choice.

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Medical Assistant Programs in South Dakota

Colorado Technical University
Locations: Sioux Falls, SD
Outcome: Associate Degree
Accreditation: CAAHEP

Lake Area Technical Institute

Locations: Watertown, SD
Outcome: Certificate, Diploma
Accreditation: CAAHEP

Mitchell Technical Institute
Locations: Mitchell, SD
Outcome: Associate Degree
Accreditation: CAAHEP

Presentation College
Locations: Aberdeen, SD
Outcome: Associate Degree
Accreditation: CAAHEP

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