Few choices for medical assistant students in Montana


Montana is a beautiful state with a nice mixture of urban and rural areas. Rural Montana attracts tourists which help boost the state’s seasonal populations and support the state’s medical systems. There are many medical centers throughout the state which offer medical assistant employment. The best cities in Montana for medical assistant employment are:

  • Missoula
  • Billings
  • Great Falls

Montana doesn’t have many schools that offer the medical assisting programs, though the state does frequently hire medical assistants. You may need to consider obtaining your MA education out of state if schools in Montana don’t suit your needs. Becoming certified as a medical assistant is important as more and more employers are requiring it. Be sure to ask about your school’s certification opportunities after graduation.

Let’s look at the medical assistant schools in Montana:

Flathead Valley Community College

Location: Kalispell


FVCC offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in medical assisting. Education is combined with core medical and administrative courses as well as liberal arts courses for a broad learning experience. The AAS degree is a great choice for student looking for advancement opportunities in the medical assistant field, or those who may want to further their education later on. The college allows 12 students per year to the program; a waiting list may occur for admission. Prerequisites may also be required before entrance to the program. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Montana State University

Location: Billings


Montana State University offers a medical administrative assistant degree for medical assistant who want to focus on administrative work. The course focuses on skills required to effectively run a medical office, including computer entry, medical records management, scheduling and telephone etiquette and medical billing and collection. A certificate is offered in this program. Credits earned in this course may apply to an advanced medical administration degree, such as the Associate degree program.

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Article Written by Janeen Phillips

Janeen Phillips is a freelance writer specializing in medical and health articles. Phillips has worked as a certified medical assistant in specialty practice since 1994 and is also a nationally registered emergency medical technician.

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