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Clinical Medical Assistant vs. Administrative Medical Assistant: What’s The Difference?

A clinical medical assistant and a medical administrative assistant are two different types of medical support professionals who work in healthcare settings. A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a type of medical administrative assistant who has obtained a professional certification.

Clinical Medical Assistant: A clinical medical assistant works in a clinical setting, such as a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. They are responsible for performing clinical tasks, including taking patient vital signs, recording medical histories, preparing patients for exams, and assisting doctors and nurses with medical procedures.

Medical Administrative Assistant: A medical administrative assistant, on the other hand, works in an administrative or clerical role in a medical facility. They are responsible for performing administrative tasks such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, managing patient records, and handling insurance and billing information.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant: A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a medical administrative assistant who has obtained a professional certification from an accredited organization, such as the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The certification typically requires passing an exam and meeting certain educational and professional requirements. A CMAA certification demonstrates that the individual has the knowledge and skills needed to perform their job as a medical administrative assistant and can increase their job prospects and earning potential.

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  • Income specifications are based on the median average salary for the State of Hawai’i as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as cited on the Allied Health Schools website. Program pricing applies solely to individual programs.

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  • Interest is calculated at a rate of 19% monthly, in addition to the balance of outstanding funds over the duration of the program, and is subject to change without notice.

  • The Career College of the Pacific assists students with computer discount programs and, in certain cases, offers students the use of college-owned computers during their enrollment. These computers remain the property of the Career College of the Pacific until the student’s graduation. Students who withdraw, drop out, or fail to complete the program are obligated to return the computer system within 10 days. Failure to do so will result in the system’s cost being deducted from any refund due.

  • The maximum number of billing and coding certifications is two, and CompTIA is four. The college covers the cost of a single certification exam, as outlined in the student catalog. The monthly payment estimates provided are examples and do not represent actual monthly costs. The estimates are based on average calculations for students with poor to medium credit scores and are derived from total tuition costs. The actual cost may vary once the third-party finance company has conducted a credit check and taken other factors into account. Pricing is subject to change without notice, and all monthly pricing is based on examples and not actual students. The Career College of the Pacific makes no guarantees regarding any monthly payment, is not obligated to provide one, and the student agrees to assume all risks associated with third-party financing.

  • Computer Loan Program for Eligible Students at Career College of the Pacific

    1. Objective: The aim of this policy is to support eligible students at Career College of the Pacific by providing a computer system on loan. This initiative is designed to assist students with their academic studies. The computer system remains the property of Career College of the Pacific until the student graduates and meets all academic and financial obligations.

    2. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this program, students must meet certain income criteria. Specifically, the household income of the student should not exceed 130% of the Federal Poverty Guideline amounts for Hawaii. The specific income limits based on household size are as follows:

    • For a 1-member household: $20,319
    • For a 2-member household: $27,378
    • For a 3-member household: $34,437
    • For a 4-member household: $41,496

    3. Application Process: Students interested in this program should request a computer system from their admissions counselor. To support their request, students must provide documentation that verifies their income and household size. This should include a copy of their most recent tax return.

    4. Terms and Conditions of Use:

    • The computer system, provided on loan, remains the property of Career College of the Pacific and should be primarily used for educational purposes related to the student’s studies at Career College of the Pacific.
    • Students are required to maintain the computer system in good working order.
    • In case of damage or loss, students will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.
    • Improper use of the computer system may lead to the termination of the loan agreement.


    5. Completion of Loan:
    Upon graduation and completion of all academic and financial obligations to Career College of the Pacific, the ownership of the computer system will be transferred to the student.

    6. Non-compliance: Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of this policy may lead to the termination of the loan agreement, and the student will be required to return the computer system immediately to Career College of the Pacific. If a student fails to return the computer system at their own expense, collection action may be initiated against the student. This includes all court and legal fees associated with the collection process.

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