Medical assistants are in high demand across Idaho, as a result of recent health care regulation changes at both the state and federal levels creating a shortage of health care professionals. As medical assistants can fulfill both administrative and clinical needs, many facilities are increasing their hiring.
Top 5 Cities for Medical Assistant Programs
Boise is not only the capital of Idaho, but it is the state’s largest city. As such, it is home to a number of medical assistant programs, as well as a number of job opportunities. Students have the option to work toward a diploma or a degree.
Nampa is the state’s second largest city, with a few options for programs, and plenty of jobs for graduates. Students can choose from either a diploma or a degree program to qualify for entry level jobs.
Meridian, the state’s third largest city, has six nearby medical assistance programs. Students can choose from diploma programs, as well as Associate’s degree programs.
Idaho Falls offers a couple of medical assistance programs, but other options are nearby in neighboring cities. Both diploma and degree options are available.
Pocatello offers a single medical assistance program, but has several other options nearby in neighboring cities, for both diplomas and degrees.
Medical Assistant Salary in Idaho
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, medical assistants in Idaho can expect to earn an average salary range of $28,480 to $30,610. This is in line with the national average salary range of $21,280 to $41,910 per year. Salary figures vary based on location and local job market, as well as years of experience in the field.
According to Salary.com, those who work in Boise, Nampa, or Meridian can expect to earn an average median salary of $31,519. Those who work in Idaho Falls can expect to earn an average median salary of $31,517. Those who work in Pocatello can expect to earn an average median salary of $27,681. Those with more experience will typically qualify for a higher rate of pay.
Medical Assistant Schools in Idaho
Brown Mackie College in Boise offers a medical assistant diploma program that can be completed in as little as 14 months. With the one course a month structure, students can move at a reasonable pace and never feel too overwhelmed. Tuition information is not publicly available, through financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Carrington College in Boise offers a medical assistant certificate program in a six-week course format. Students can complete the program in about a year, with approximately 36 weeks of instruction. For students who are interested, there is also a degree program that includes general education courses, as well. Opting for the Associate’s degree program will double the program length to approximately 72 weeks.
As of October 1, 2014, total tuition fees for the certificate program are $14,961.50 for the complete program. This includes $495 per credit hour, as well as $854 for books, supplies, and fees. Those who opt for the Associate’s degree program will pay a total of $27,344.50 as the program includes the same $495 per credit hour for the core classes, but adds an additional $335 per credit hour for general education classes, and $2,517 for books, supplies, and fees. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Broadview University in Meridian offers a medical assistant Associate’s degree program. Students who are enrolled full time can complete the program in seven quarters, or 18 to 21 months with year-round classes. Currently, there is a $50 application fee. Tuition rates will vary based on course load, with anywhere from 1 to 11 credit hours costing $435 per credit hour. Students who enroll in 12 to 16 credit hours per quarter will be charged $375 per credit hour. Course fees vary, and range from $100 to $500 per course. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls offers an Associate’s degree program. Students will take two years – four semesters and summer classes to complete the program. Tuition and fees vary on a number of factors, but resident students should expect to pay about $3,800 in tuition and fees alone per semester. Books, supplies, transportation and living expenses are not included. Non-Idaho residents will pay a higher tuition for the first year until state residency is established. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Idaho State University in Pocatello offers an Associate’s degree program. Students will take two years to complete the program. The program only accepts 18 students per year, and therefore can be highly competitive. Students who are interested in taking their career even further may also opt to enroll in either the Bachelor of Applied Technology or the Bachelor of Science in Health Science four year programs. Idaho resident’s enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours) will pay $3,283.00 per semester in tuition and fees. Part time students, or those enrolled for 10 credit hours or less will pay $328 per credit hour. Books, supplies, room and board are not included. Financial aid is available. Non-Idaho residents will pay higher tuition until residency is established.
Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston offers an Associate’s degree program. Students will take two years to complete the program. Tuition and fees vary on a number of factors, but resident students should expect to pay $5,900 per year in tuition and fees alone. Books and supplies will add an estimated $1,632. This estimate does not include the cost of room and board. Non-Idaho residents will pay a higher tuition for the first year until state residency is established. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Idaho has a number of highly qualified and accredited facilities to help those who want to become medical assistants. Job availability and salary potential makes this state an ideal place for both students and current assistants in the field.