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 (2018-2019)*|
|Central Arizona College||Coolidge, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,580 in-state, $11,100 out-of-state|
|Northwestern Connecticut Community College||Winsted, CT||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,414 in-state, $13,182 out-of-state|
|Dalton State College||Dalton, GA||4-year, Public||Associate's||$4,246 in-state, $12,668 out-of-state|
|Kapiolani Community College||Honolulu, HI||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$3,144 in-state, $8,280 out-of-state|
|Allegany College of Maryland||Cumberland, MD||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,220 in-district, $7,580 in-state, $9,290 out-of-state|
|Mid-Michigan Community College||Harrison, MI||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,744 in-district, $7,080 in-state, $7,080 out-of-state|
|East Central College||Union, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$2,592 in-district, $3,480 in-state, $4,896 out-of-state|
|SUNY Broome Community College||Binghamton, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,366 in-state, $10,083 out-of-state|
|Pittsburgh Technical Institute||Oakdale, PA||2-year, Private||Associate's||$16,801|
|San Antonio College||San Antonio, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Certificate||$2,820 in-district, $6,300 in-state, $13,830 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