Listed below are all of the schools offering Medical Assistant programs in Hawaii. As a rule, you should contact at least 3-5 schools during the course of your research, and ideally more. There are important differences between the programs in terms of cost, admissions requirements, and other characteristics, and, as with many things in life, the way to find the best Medical Assistant program for your needs is to spend some time shopping around.
Settled by Polynesians between A.D. 300 and 600, Hawaii was an independent kingdom until Queen Liliuokalani was deposed in 1893 and the Republic of Hawaii was established. The republic was short-lived; however, as it was annexed by the United States in 1900. Today, the 50th state is a hot tourist destination where people can see the only royal palace in the nation as well as the largest volcano by volume. For those living on the islands, income is below the national average, but the cost of living is, on average 30 to 60 percent higher than other states. Medical assistants buck this trend with pay that is on the high end of the scale for the profession.
Medical Assistant Education in Hawaii
Hawaii has fewer than five medical assisting schools, but more than half are CAAHEP accredited. Students can look to the American Association of Medical Assistants, American Medical Technologists and other organizations as well as their schools for financial assistance.
Medical Assisting Careers in Hawaii
At just under $16 an hour, the mean hourly wage of medical assistants in Hawaii is relatively high, according to 2010 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The profession is expected to grow at above average rates nationally. In Hawaii, with the health care sector adding over 1,000 jobs in 2011, medical assistants have a bright future.