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ABHES Gives Medical Assistant Program Its Stamp of Approval

Published on August 20, 2014 by ctannehill

This month, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) gave its stamp of approval to the medical assistant program at Broadview University-Boise . As a private, nonprofit accreditation agency, ABHES has specialized in evaluating health education programs and institutions since 1968.

Medical Assistant Program Chair Anna Braden with medical assistant students

Broadview University’s medical assistant program is now certified as an ABHES Medical Assistant Programmatic School. To receive this accreditation,a visit team made up of an ABHES employee, a program specialist, a distance education specialist and an individual who works in administration at a college, evaluated Broadview’s program, found it to comply with ABHES standards, and granted it’s certification as a school educating students in the medical assistant field.

“It’s awesome,” said Medical Assistant Program Chair Anna Braden. She added that with the ABHES accreditation, graduates from the medical assistant program from Broadview University are now eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) CMA Exam. Upon passing this exam, the medical assistant graduates will be CMA (AAMA) certified.

Director of Career Services Jonathan Taylor was also pleased that Broadview University graduates can now take the CMA (AAMA) Exam. “It’s an opportunity that has become increasingly important to employers in the Treasure Valley.” Taylor also pointed out that the ABHES accreditation by Broadview University “can open new opportunities that students and graduates wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Current medical assistant students were also thrilled that their program at Broadview University is now accredited by ABHES and that they will be able to take the CMA (AAMA) Exam after they graduate.

“It makes me feel secure and happy,” said medical assistant student Sandra Hattrick. Fellow classmate Alison Van Engelen added, “It makes me confident that I’m going to get a job.”

“There’s a sense of pride,” said medical assistant student Mystie Weber, “because we can walk into any medical office or hospital, and since we’re from Broadview University, an accredited school, we can handle what they throw at us.”

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