School and Ranking Info
There are at least eight schools within approximately 15 miles of Virginia Beach, VA, that offer programs for medical assistants; all but one of them is a private institution that operates on a for-profit basis. The only public school on the list is located about 15.5 miles from Virginia Beach in Norfolk, VA, and offers programs in medical information management and office administration.
- Winner: Tidewater Community College (TCC) is one of the largest community colleges in the United States and has the second-largest undergraduate body in Virginia. Programs take place on four campuses and nearly ten centers, including one in Virginia Beach. Students here can earn a certificate in medical office administration and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Management.
School Info Chart
|Category||Tidewater Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2013-2014)|| Undergraduate: $3,788 (in-state);
|Medical Assisting Awards Offered||Certificate and associate|
|Medical Assisting Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2012-2013||193*|
|Most Popular Medical Assisting Program in 2012-2013||<1-year certificate (174 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||14%*|
|Noteworthy||The AAS in Health Information Management program has been approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Tidewater Community College (TCC)
- Health information management students train in a state-of-the-art environment
- Health information and medical office programs include internships
- Health information management students can sit for the American Health Information Management Association exam for Registered Health Information Technicians
Tidewater Community College enrolls approximately 29,000 students per year in more than 150 business, health, technical and vocational programs. According to Community College Week, it was the 23rd-largest associate degree producer in the United States for 2014. TCC's Division of Health Professions is located on the Virginia Beach campus, where students can pursue programs in medical service and technology, occupational and physical therapy, health information management and nursing. Admission to the AAS in Health Information Management program is selective; students interested in the medical office certificate must also meet special application requirements.
The 16-credit Career Studies Certificate in Medical Office Administration program includes training in coding, insurance and office procedures. Students also learn about medical ethics and law, medical assisting science and the use of software applications. The 67-credit AAS in Health Information Management program takes five semesters to complete and includes basic courses in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pathology and pharmacology. Technical coursework covers topics in health information classifying and coding, documentation, health laws and reimbursement procedures.