School and Ranking Information
Of the 12 schools in the Columbus, OH, area with medical assisting programs, only three of them are public or not-for-profit institutions. Based on graduation rates provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and program offerings, the top schools are as follows:
- Winner: Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools offers an accredited medical assistant certificate program that only takes 9 months to complete. This school has the highest graduation rate of the three top picks.
- Runner-Up #1: Tolles Career and Technical Center has a partnership with Lorain County Community College (LCCC), which means that LCCC faculty teach at the Tolles campus. It also boasts a 2:1 student-faculty ratio.
- Runner Up #2: Columbus State Community College offers both certificate and associate's degree options. It awarded the most medical assisting degrees and certificates in 2011-2012 of these three schools.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Eastland-Fairfield Career and Techical Schools||Tolles Career and Technical Center||Columbus State Community College|
|Location||Groveport, OH (10.5 miles from Columbus)||Plain City, OH (16.9 miles from Columbus)||Columbus, OH|
|School Type||< 2-year, public||< 2-year, public*||2-year, public*|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$8,117*||$6,585*||$3,400 in-state; $6,800 out-of-state*|
|Medical and Clinical Assisting Program Levels Offered||Certificate||Certificate||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Medical and Clinical Assisting Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||29*||6*||39*|
|Most Popular Medical and Clinical Assisting Program (2011-2012)||N/A||N/A||Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (26)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class||90%*||87%*||9%*|
|Noteworthy||Employability workshop available to students nearing graduation||School provides an online job board||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Winner: Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools
- The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educator Programs (CAAHEP) accredits this program
Eastland-Fairfield Technical Schools offers a 9-month medical assisting certificate program. It combines coursework with hands-on lab experience as well as a 160-hour externship to prepare students for their careers. The program is designed to prepare students for AMA certification.
Runner-Up #1: Tolles Career and Technical Center
- 2 to 1 student-faculty ratio, according to the NCES
- Program includes an externship in a medical office
Tolles Career and Technical Center's medical assisting certificate program provides 35 credit hours of learning. The program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AMA) and American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification examinations. Some coursework includes medical terminology, microcomputer applications, fundamental medical office procedures, diagnostic testing, and patient care.
Runner-Up #2: Columbus State Community College
- CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting certificate program
Students can quality for the Certified Medical Assistant exam upon completing the Certificate in Medical Assisting program at Columbus State Community College. The certificate requires 37 hours in such topics as medical coding and reimbursement, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, and computer applications. The associate's degree involves 72 credit hours, many of which involve the same courses as the certificate program.