School and Ranking Information
Five public schools and one private school offer degrees related to medical assisting in the Cincinnati area. The following school is the top pick for the area based on number of programs available and course flexibility:
- Winner: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, OH, provides a certificate program in medical assisting and an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management (HIM).
School Info Chart
|Category||Cincinnati State Technical and Community College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||Undergrad: $3,745 (in-state); $7,232 (out-of-state)*|
|Medical Assisting and Related Degrees Offered||Certificate; Associate's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||16%*|
|Noteworthy||The health information management program is accredited by CAHIIM; the medical assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs**|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
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Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
- All the core courses for the HIM program are offered online
- Students who complete the HIM program can take the American Health Management Association's Registered Health Information Technician certification exam
- Graduates of the medical assistant certificate program can take the Certified Medical Assistant exam
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has locations in Cincinnati, Harrison and Middletown, Ohio. The college offers more than 100 degree programs and belongs to the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges. Roughly 26% of students at Cincinnati State enroll in health care programs, making those more popular than any other programs at the school. The Health and Public Safety Division offers the medical assistant certificate and an associate's degree in health information management.
The 36-credit medical assistant certificate program includes a supervised clinical practicum as well as classroom lectures. Courses cover medical terminology, health care informatics, clinical procedures, lifespan development, human disease and pharmacology. Students also take courses in billing and reimbursement procedures for medical offices, coding and insurance.
Students in the health information management associate's program learn to maintain and manage health care records and information resources. Subjects taught in the program include anatomy and physiology, database management, ICD coding, healthcare reimbursement and CPT coding. The program also includes a practicum experience and a certification exam review course.