Students can find medical assistance programs through the allied health departments of certain career colleges, 2-year community colleges and universities. Certificate programs focus on the practical expertise needed to perform the job while associate's degree programs are more intensive, including topics in both general education and medical assisting techniques.
10 Schools with Medical Assisting Programs
Medical assistant programs are offered at a number of public colleges throughout the country; this is a list of reputable programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Anne Arundel Community College||Arnold, MD||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $4,464; In-state $7,374; Out-of-state $12,024|
|Arapahoe Community College||Littleton, CO||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,334; Out-of-state $13,052|
|Bunker Hill Community College||Boston, MA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $3,576; Out-of-state $8,520|
|Camden County College||Blackwood, NJ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $4,320; In-state $4,440; Out-of-state $4,440|
|Central Georgia Technical College||Warner Robins, GA||2-year, Public||Diploma||In-state $2,674; Out-of-state $4,810|
|Cincinnati State Technical and Community College||Cincinnati, OH||2-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $3,825; Out-of-state $7,393|
|Mohawk Valley Community College||Utica, NY||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $4,616; Out-of-state $8,576|
|Ocean County College||Tom's River, NJ||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-district $4,255; In-state $5,035; Out-of-state $7,735|
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,974; Out-of-state $8,610|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, OH||4-year, Public||Associate's||In-state $8,317; Out-of-state $8,557|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites
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School Selection Criteria
Factors to consider before choosing:
- Accredited medical assisting programs typically lead to qualification for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification exams.
- Most often, certificates can be completed in 12-18 months, and associate's degrees may take 18-24 months to complete.
- Students interested in administrative, clinical or specialty positions in the field may look for programs offering specific concentrations or practicum opportunities in their chosen interest.
Diploma programs in medical assisting take 2-3 semesters to complete and may offer the opportunity to be certified through the AAMA or the AMT. Some form of clinical experience, such as an internship, externship or practicum, may be required. Coursework at the diploma level may include:
Certificate programs in medical assisting may transfer easily to associate degree programs and could qualify students for certification. Students learn to identify administrative and clinical duties, maintain records and assist physicians. They explore the legal and ethical responsibilities found in the health care system. Certificate programs typically include multiple clinical experiences.
In associate degree programs in medical assisting, coursework typically includes general education requirements in English, mathematics, psychology and sociology. Real-world experiences in both the administrative and clinical settings may be required.
There are several 2- and 4- year colleges and universities that offer medical assistant programs where students can opt to pursue training as a medical assistant. Program costs vary, and some schools offer lower tuition to local students, which may be a factor in choosing a medical assistant program.