Schools for Aspiring Dermatologist's Assistants: How to Choose

Degree programs for dermatological assistants are folded into broader medical assistants program. Medical assistant programs focus on the administrative and medical skills a student needs to become a medical assistant. Programs are generally two-year associate's degree programs found at community colleges.

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Students can train to become dermatologist assistants through the internships offered as part of a medical assisting certificate or associate's degree program. These programs can be found at 2-year community colleges and technical/career institutes.

10 Schools with Medical Assistant Programs

These schools offer accredited medical assistant programs, according to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,460 in-state, $10,740 out-of-state
Northwestern Connecticut Community College Winsted, CT 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,047 in-state, $12,096 out-of-state
Dalton State College Dalton, GA 4-year, Public Associate's $4,052 in-state, $12,302 out-of-state
Kapiolani Community College Honolulu, HI 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $2,940 in-state, $7,932 out-of-state
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland, MD 2-year, Public Associate's $3,660 in-district, $6,660 in-state, $7,950 out-of-state
Mid-Michigan Community College Harrison, MI 2-year, Public Associate's $3,609 in-district, $6,381 in-state, $6,381 out-of-state
East Central College Union, MO 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $2,280 in-district, $3,120 in-state, $4,488 out-of-state
SUNY Broome Community College Binghamton, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $4,721 in-state, $8,945 out-of-state
Pittsburgh Technical Institute Oakdale, PA 2-year, Private Associate's $16,192
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Associate's, Certificate $2,088 in-district, $5,550 in-state, $10,740 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following points when selecting a program:

  • Because dermatology assistant is taught as a specific concentration within a medical assistant program, students should make sure any medical assistant program they consider has dermatology as a concentration.
  • Certificates and associate's degrees are both available for medical assistants, so students should consider what best aligns with the goals for their career and higher education.
  • Students should seek a school that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Medical Assisting Certificate

A medical assisting certificate program consists of approximately 30 credit hours. Credits include internships and field experiences at local hospitals and physicians' offices.

Medical Assisting Associate's Degree

Students in these 2-year programs complete general education and field-specific coursework. The program combines clinic-focused classes with more administrative-focused classes. Students also complete several internships and field experiences, which could be in dermatologists' offices.

In accredited medical assistant programs, students can take dermatology courses or get training in the field as part of an internship program

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