Some states require that both medical and dental assistants can complete their on job training in lieu of formal education; however, dental assistant requirements may vary state to state and employers may seek dental assistants with education and certification. While some states accept the 2 year vocational program accredited through CODA, other states may require DANB certification. For medical assistants, there are clear educational and certification requirements. Prospective medical assistants can attend a 2 year vocational school to earn a certificate or diploma. They can also attend a community or junior college and complete an associate’s degree while obtaining the training necessary to enter the field. A medical assistant have four distinct paths to choose any one to complete the requirements for this position: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through American Medical Technologists (AMA) or American Registry of Medical Assistants (ARMA), and National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Which program a student should choose depends largely on the state requirements.