School and Ranking Information
Many Tucson-based schools that offer medical assisting programs are for-profit institutions. Based on school type and student population, the following college is considered a top school in Tucson for medical assisting studies:
- Winner: Pima Community College in Tucson is the only public institution in the city to provide studies in medical assisting. It is also the largest school in terms of enrollment to provide this type of program. Students can earn a certificate in medical assisting.
School Info Chart
|Category||Pima Community College|
|Ranking||Ranks in the top ten among largest multi-campus community colleges in the U.S.*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,724 (in state); $8,048 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Assisting Programs Offered||Certificate|
|Medical Assisting Certificates Awarded in 2012-2013||1**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||7%**|
|Noteworthy||Medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)*|
Sources: *Pima Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Pima Community College
- Evening and weekend classes available
- Integrates classroom learning with hands-on practical experiences in healthcare settings
- Graduates eligible to take the American Medical Technologists' exam for medical assistants
Pima Community College is a 2-year, public college founded in 1969. It enrolls more than 30,000 students annually and offers associate's degree, diploma and certificate programs for students who are interested in starting a career or transferring to a 4-year university. Pima has six campuses throughout Pima County. The department of health-related professions offers programs in clinical research, dental studies, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy technology, nursing or respiratory care, as well as medical assisting.
The Medical Assistant Certificate program prepares graduates to work as assistants in physicians' offices, urgent care facilities, medical centers or clinics. The program requires students to complete courses in human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and medical assistant professional skills. Students can then choose a concentration in administrative or clinical medical assisting. Those who choose the administrative concentration take courses including administrative procedures, medical billing, insurance procedures and medical coding. Courses in the clinical concentration include pharmacology, drug calculations, clinical care and clinical procedures. Both concentrations include an externship.