Listed below are all of the schools offering Medical Assistant programs in Louisiana. 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.
Louisiana was once part of a much larger Louisiana Territory that stretched from the Gulf Coast north to Canada and from the Mississippi to the Rockies. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson bought the territory from the French, doubling the size of the nation with a stroke of a pen. Only a little more than a decade later, New Orleans was the site of the final battle in the War of 1812. The state has seen hard times in recent years when Hurricane Katrina devastated much of New Orleans and other coastal areas. But the city and the state are bouncing back, offering new employment opportunities, including those in medical assisting.
Medical Assistant Education in Louisiana
Students seeking medical assistant training will find fewer than five schools offering programs in their field. Accredited programs and associate degrees are available, however. Financial assistance can be found through national medical assistant organizations.
Medical Assisting Careers in Louisiana
Louisiana employs over 4,000 medical assistants. At just over $12 an hour, the mean hourly wage is low, but similar to pay in surrounding states, according to 2010 data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cities with the most medical assistant jobs relative to the population are Shreveport and Houma, although New Orleans and Baton Rouge have the largest number of jobs overall.