School and Ranking Information
There are about seven colleges within 15 miles of Memphis, TN, provide medical assisting programs. Many of these schools are for-profit institutions; however, there are also options at one community college and one private not-for-profit school. Based on size, student-to-faculty ratio and number of degrees awarded, the following school is considered a top school in the Memphis, TN, area for medical assisting studies:
- Winner: Mid-South Community College is located about 13 miles from Memphis, TN, but across the state border in Arkansas. It is the only public college in the area offering medical assisting studies. The school awarded the highest number of 2-year degrees in this subject in the area in 2013. The school also has a certificate program in nursing assisting.
School Info Chart
|Category||Mid-South Community College|
|Distinction||Named a Military Friendly School in 2013 by Military Advanced Education magazine*|
|Location||West Memphis, Arkansas|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,458 (in-district); $2,938 (in-state); $7,498 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Assisting and Nursing Assisting Degrees Offered||Associate's|
|Medical Assisting Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||15**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||8%**|
|Noteworthy||Medical assisting program accredited by the Arkansas Department of Health Section of Emergency Medical Services; Nursing assistant program accredited by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Medical Services Office of Long Term Care|
Sources: *Mid-South Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Mid-South Community College
- Low 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Medical assisting program offers externships and seminars in addition to classroom learning
- Graduates of the medical assisting and nurse assistant programs are prepared to sit for national certification exams
Mid-South Community College (MSCC) is a public, 2-year college that covers about 89 acres. MSCC's Allied Health Sciences Department offers certificate of proficiency and associate's degree programs in medical assisting, certified nurse assisting, emergency medical technology and phlebotomy. Students in the Allied Health Sciences Department may also complete the general education requirements to transfer into the nursing associate's degree program at Arkansas State University.
The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant Technology program requires 60 credit hours and takes two years to complete. Upon completion of this program, graduates are qualified to sit for national certification and can take a course to review for the certification examination before graduation. Students take general education courses as well as courses in medical terminology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, medical billing, phlebotomy, anatomy and physiology. The Certificate of Proficiency in Nurse Assistant requires completion of courses in patient safety and rights, basic nursing procedures and basic care services. Labs accompany classroom instruction.