Medical Trade Schools and Vocational Schools in the U.S.
Schooling for medical and trade careers, which include medical assistants and billers, can be obtained at 2-year colleges and training centers. There are many vocational and medical trade programs in the U.S.
How to Choose a Medical Trade and Vocational School
When choosing a medical trade or vocational school, the student should first find the school with the proper programming. Some medical trade and vocational professions include personal fitness, surgical technician, medical billing, pharmacy technician, medical assisting and vocational nursing. Second, the student should check the school's and program's accreditation. A vocational medical school should have several accreditations, such as ones from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or Career College Association, as well as state accreditation.
Medical trade schools should specifically mention national licensing and certification exams for various vocational careers on their website, since the programs are supposed to ready graduates for the licensing needed to enter this field.
Students choosing a school should also research and, if possible, visit the school's clinical laboratories. These degree programs are both theory- and career-based, with much of the learning taking place outside the classroom in school-owned simulated laboratories as well as in healthcare settings like hospitals and community health centers. All medical equipment owned and operated by the school should be up-to-date, and affiliation with an area hospital will be helpful.
Schools with the Largest Overall Student Enrollment
|College/University||Student population||Institution Type|
|Miami Dade College||57,222||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Houston Community College System||48,169||2-year, Public|
|Northern Virginia Community College||42,663||2-year, Public|
|Lone Star College System||41,345||2-year, Public|
|College of Southern Nevada||40,310||4-year, primarily associate's, Public|
|Tarrant County College District||39,596||2-year, Public|
|Riverside Community College||36,146||2-year, Public|
|Austin Community College District||35,798||2-year, Public|
|Valencia Community College||35,460||2-year, Public|
|City College of San Francisco||34,868||2-year, Public|
|American River College||34,610||2-year, Public|
|Pima Community College||34,136||2-year, Public|
|East Los Angeles College||34,065||2-year, Public|
|Santa Ana College||33,916||2-year, Public|
|Broward College||33,448||2-year, Public|
|Mt San Antonio College||30,026||2-year, Public|
|Salt Lake Community College||29,396||2-year, Public|
|El Camino Community College District||27,098||2-year, Public|
|Long Beach City College||26,927||2-year, Public|
|Tidewater Community College||26,898||2-year, Public|
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