Cristen Olinger, CMA (AAMA) is a Program Coordinator in Rasmussen College's School of Allied Health. She heads the Medical Assisting Program at the Mankato, MN campus. Cristen has been a medical assistant for more than nine years—working in a high-complexity laboratory, clinical nursing unit and patient services division. Cristen's previous teaching experience includes Laboratory instruction for Medical Assisting students. Cristen received her Associate's degree from Dakota County Technical College and is completing her Bachelor's degree at Rasmussen College.

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Certified Medical Assistant: Promising Career of the Future

Job opportunities are on the rise in Certified Medical Assisting. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this industry is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations between 2008 and 2018 - seeing a 34 percent increase within the decade.

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