Starting this month I will be doing a certificate course in medical OFFICE assistant. My plan was then to apply for the medical assisting program. This is through my local tech college. The medical Assisting program is 61 semester hours and is a DIPLOMA. The program is CAAHEP accredited.
Ok, now I JUST found out the a community college the next town over has a medical assisting CERTIFICATE program that is only 20 semester credits. It appears that it does not have an externship.
My main reason for confusion is that I do not plan on this being my last stop in schooling. I would like to go back for a degree in Diagnostic Sonography.
Would I be just as likely to get a position working as a medical assistant with the shorter certificate program as I would the longer diploma program.
I know the education is much more in depth with the diploma but my main concern is getting a job.. Any insight is very much welcome... Thank you so much!!!!