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Schools for Aspiring Dermatologist's Assistants: How to Choose

Dec 13, 2019

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

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