School and Ranking Information
The Charlotte area is home to several public and private schools that offer medial assisting training programs. Based on distinction, student-to-faculty ratio and number of medial assisting credentials awarded, the following college is considered a top Charlotte-area school for medical assistant studies:
- Winner: Located in Concord, NC, about 20 miles from Charlotte, Cabarrus College of Health Sciences offers medical assistant diploma and associate's degree programs. It is the only private, not-for-profit institution within 25 miles of Charlotte providing these studies.
School Info Chart
|Category||Cabarrus College of Health Sciences|
|Distinction||College is situated on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center - NorthEast, north Charlotte's leading tertiary care center*|
|Location||Concord, North Carolina|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $11,330**|
|Medical Assistant Awards Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Medical Assistant Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||19**|
|Most Popular Medical Assistant Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (11 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||69%**|
|Noteworthy||Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; Medical assistant diploma program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)|
Sources: *Cabarrus College of Health Sciences; **NCES College Navigator.
Cabarrus College of Health Science
- Hands-on training opportunities offered through a practicum and internship
- Medical assisting program graduates are qualified to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants certification exam
- 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Cabarrus College of Health Science (CCHS) is a 4-year private college that primarily grants associate's degrees. The school was founded during World War II when Cabarrus County Hospital opened a 3-year postsecondary school of nursing. The college added an allied health in 1998. In addition to the medical assisting program, the allied health division offers associate's degrees in occupational therapy assisting and surgical technology. The division also offers bachelor's degrees in medical imaging and health services leadership and management.
The Medical Assistant Diploma program requires 39 credit hours and usually takes one year of full-time study to complete. Students in the diploma program take an introductory course in medical assisting along with courses in medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, psychology and business applications. Students are also required to complete a medical assistant practicum. The Associate of Science in Medical Assisting program requires 69 credit hours and usually takes two years of full-time study. Students in the associate's degree program take the same courses as the diploma program plus courses in human growth and development, microbiology, sociology and nutrition. The associate's degree program also requires students to take a humanities elective and a second section of anatomy and physiology.