Medical Assisting in Nebraska
There is a big need for healthcare workers in Nebraska, so the Nebraska Student Loan Repayment Program can financially help students who choose to complete their medical assistant training in the state. The employment level for medical assistant across Nebraska is good, with figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showing 3,320 medical assistants currently work in the state, with demand highest in urban areas such as Omaha.
Medical assistant pay in Nebraska is on average $14.76 per hour or $30,690 annually. Wages are slightly higher than this in the Omaha and Lincoln areas.
The AAMA affiliate for the state is the Nebraska Society of Medical Assistants (NSMA) and there are local chapters in:
- Grand Island
- Great Plains
Nebraska Medical Assistant Schools and Programs
With campuses located in Elkhorn valley, Fort Omaha and South Omaha, Metropolitan Community College offers students the opportunity to complete their medical assistant training on a CAAHEP accredited certificate program. This program runs over 4 quarters and begins in fall and spring. Training is delivered through a mix of classroom lessons, practical lab experience and an externship. Successful completion of this program qualifies students to apply to take the AAMA National Certification Exam to earn the title of CMA (Certified Medical Assistant).
At its Omaha campus, Nebraska Methodist College offers a certificate program in medical assisting, which is CAAHEP accredited. The program offers flexible class hours and can be completed in 12 months. Students will complete 300 hours of hands on clinical experience in a laboratory setting as well as taking classes in a range of subjects, such as administrative procedures, pharmacology and medical terminology. Students are required to take the AAMA Certification exam prior to graduation, to earn the credential of CMA (Certified Medical Assistant).
- Length: 12 months
- Cost: $12,700
- Job Placement Rate: 89%