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