Medical Schools in Florida

Florida medical schools can prepare you for hands-on work with patients in a medical clinic or physician's office. The Florida Department of Health defines medical assistants as professionals who are "multi-skilled" in assisting in all aspects of medical practice under the direct supervision of a physician. Under state laws, supervised medical assistants are allowed to take vital signs, perform injections, operate office medical equipment, collect laboratory specimens, and perform office administrative duties.

While some assistants receive on-the-job training, physicians increasingly prefer to hire graduates from formal medical assisting training programs. Medical schools in Florida offer one-year certificate programs or two-year medical assistant programs that lead to an associate's degree. Florida does not license medical assistants but they can choose voluntary certification through the Association of Medical Technologists or the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Courses at medical schools in Florida leading to an associate's degree can include:

  • Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Patient ethics
  • Insurance coding and billing or transcription
  • Basic laboratory procedure

Florida medical assisting earnings

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 35,250 Florida medical assistants were employed by physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics, and care facilities in 2009. The 2009 mean annual wage in Florida was $28,780, slightly higher than the national average salary for the job. The ever-growing retirement and long-term care communities in the state should create an ongoing demand for well-trained graduates of Florida medical schools. The job outlook, nationwide, calls for a 34 percent increase in jobs for medical assistants during the 2008-2018 decade, according to BLS data.

Experience and certifications can give you an advantage when you apply for nursing school or a four-year degree program in emergency medical services or medical laboratory technology at Florida medical schools.

Check with prospective colleges about financial aid programs that can help pay for your training. If you enjoy helping others and working with medical professionals you can start training for success right away.

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School City Students (FTE)
Florida State University Tallahassee 40555
University of Florida Gainesville 51725
University of Miami Coral Gables 15449
University of South Florida Tampa 44870