School and Ranking Information
Many of the institutions in and around Tampa that provide programs in medical assisting are for-profit schools. Based on school type, affordability and hands-on learning opportunities, the following institution is considered a top school in the Tampa area for medical assisting studies:
- Winner: Westside Tech, located about 80 miles northeast of Tampa, is a public school that offers a medical assisting program. It also offers several related programs, such as those in medical laboratory assisting, medical transcription and medical coding and billing.
School Info Chart
|Location||Winter Garden, Florida|
|School Type||Less than 2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,422*|
|Medical Assisting Programs Offered||Certificates|
|Medical Assisting Awards (all levels) in 2012-2013||8*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010-11 Entering Class||23%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation and the Council on Occupational Education; tuition the lowest among schools offering medical assisting studies in the Tampa area|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
- Day, evening and online classes available
- Career assessment testing and job search assistance
- Internships provide hands-on learning opportunities
- Credits earned transferable to associate's degree program at Valencia Community College in Orlando
Part of the Orange County, Florida, public school system, Westside Tech is a 2-year career and technical education center that offers college credit and career certification programs. Westside partners with local businesses to provide internships in various areas. The medical assisting program is a component of the school's technical career training, which provides students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce in their chosen fields. The program requires 1,300 hours of study and, if attended full-time, can be completed in a year.
The medical assisting certificate program teaches the administrative, clerical and medical skills necessary to assist physicians in hospitals or private doctor's offices. Administrative and clerical classes teach how to manage a reception desk, maintain medical records, use medical computer software programs, interview patients and transcribe a doctor's orders. The program teaches medical skills including phlebotomy techniques, performing lab tests and administering medication. Those who complete the program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants' Certification Medical Assistant Exam, a voluntary professional certification.