School and Ranking Information
Although there are many for-profit schools offering medical assisting programs in Houston, there are about five not-for-profit schools located less than 25 miles from the city that offer medical assisting certificates. Based on the number of certificates awarded and their graduation rates, the top three schools are as follows:
- Winner: Remington College - North Houston Campus had the highest graduation rate and awarded the most medical assisting certificates during 2011-2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Runner-Up #1: With the second highest graduation rate and a one-year medical assisting program, Houston Community College is the first runner-up.
- Runner-Up #2: In third place, San Jacinto Community College offers a certificate program in medical assisting that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Remington College - North Houston Campus||Houston Community College||San Jacinto Community College|
|Location||Houston, TX||Houston, TX||Pasadena, TX (12.8 miles from downtown Houston, TX)|
|School Type||Two-year, private not-for-profit||Two-year, public||Two-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$15,995*||$1,627 (in-district), $3,355 (in-state), $3,751 (out-of-state)*||$1,312 (in-district), $2,296 (in-state), $3,496 (out-of-state)*|
|Medical Assisting Programs Offered||Certificates||Certificates||Certificates|
|Medical Assisting Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||148*||26*||20*|
|Most Popular Medical Assisting Program (2011-2012)||<1 Year Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (125 awarded)*||1-<2 Year Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (23 awarded)*||1-<2 Year Certificate in Medical/Clinical Assistant (20 awarded)*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2008 Entering Class||59%*||14% (26% transfer-out rate)*||11% (27% transfer-out rate)*|
|Noteworthy||The medical assisting program offers additional training in X-ray technology and EKG techniques||College features seven campuses||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator
Winner: Remington College - North Houston Campus
- Both day and evening courses are available
- Medical assisting program can be completed in eight months
- The job placement rate is 74% for students who complete the medical assisting program, according to the school
The medical assisting program at Remington College - North Houston Campus prepares students to work in the medical offices of general practitioners, chiropractors and pediatricians. In the eight-month medical assisting diploma program, students complete coursework in patient care, medical management, pharmacology and respiratory systems. In addition to clinical labs and procedures, students complete an externship.
A 12-month medical assisting certificate program with X-ray tech and EKG training is offered at Remington's nearby West Chase and Webster campuses. Within the program, students complete hands-on training through classroom and laboratory study in X-ray equipment operation and EKG techniques, as well as an externship in medical offices. This program prepares students to register as licensed limited radiographers.
Runner-Up #1: Houston Community College
- Medical assisting program holds accreditation from the CAAHEP
- The school has affiliations with health care delivery systems
- Students complete a capstone and practicum experience
Houston Community College's Coleman College for Health Science offers a medical assisting program that can be completed in three semesters and requires 42 credits. To apply to the medical assisting program, students need to hold a high school diploma, attend a mandatory information session and take the ASSET test. Once admitted to the program, students learn about medical terminology, administrative procedures and pharmacology. The program also includes labs and an externship, as well as an exam review course. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible and expected to take the CMA exam to earn national certification.
Runner-Up #2: San Jacinto Community College
- Offers the lowest tuition rate of the three schools, with in-district tuition and fees of $1,312 in 2012-2013, according to the NCES
- The school offers online, hybrid and traditional coursework
San Jacinto Community College offers a CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting program that can be completed in one year. Both administrative and clinical duties are covered during the course of study. The 39-credit curriculum includes medical terminology, pharmacology, medical law and administrative procedures. During the last semester of the program, students participate in a clinical practicum and review for the CMA exam.