School and Rankings Information
The Orlando, Florida, area is home to offers more than 10 school options for students wishing to pursue medical assistant training, most of which are for-profit schools. Based on program offerings, school type and proximity to the Orlando area, these schools are among the top in the area:
- Winner: Winter Park Tech, located just 4 miles from Orlando, was determined to be the top ranked medical assistant school in the area due to its low student-teacher ratio and a 70% graduation rate among students enrolling in 2008, as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Runner-Up #1: The Technical Education Center - Osceola is the 1st runner-up for awarding the most certificates during the 2011-2012 academic year, per NCES figures. This school also boasts a 70% graduation rate, but is located nearly 20 miles outside of Orlando.
- Runner-Up #2: City College - Altamonte Springs is the 2nd runner-up with a 38% graduation rate.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Winter Park Tech||Technical Education Center - Osceola||City College - Altamonte Springs|
|Location||Winter Park, FL (4.1 miles from Orlando)||Kissimmee, FL (18.1 miles from Orlando)||Altamonte Springs, FL (8.9 miles from Orlando)|
|School Type||< 2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)||$3,702*||$4,420*||$14,700*|
|Medical Assistant Programs Offered||Certificate||Certificate||Associate's|
|Medical Assistant Degree or Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||27*||33*||25*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2008 Entering Class||70%*||70%*||38%*|
|Noteworthy||Career Center provides access to job listings and helps students improve interviewing skills or update their resumes||Sole technical education center for adults in Osceola County**||N/A|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Technical Education Center - Osceola
Winner: Winter Park Tech
- Student-teacher ratio was 8:1 in 2011, according to the NCES
- Medical assistant program at Winter Park Tech is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Classes take place both on campus and online
To be admitted to Winter Park Tech's medical assistant program, students must hold a high school diploma or GED, submit to a background check and complete basic skills testing. Admitted students learn administrative and clinical skills as well as laboratory procedures, including techniques for scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing insurance companies and taking blood samples. Upon program completion, students can qualify for the Certified Medical Assistant credential from the American Association of Medical Assistants.
Runner-Up #1: Technical Education Center - Osceola
- According to the NCES, the student-teacher ratio was 17:1 in 2011
- Medical assistant program is offered on a full- and part-time basis
The Technical Education Center - Osceola offers a medical assistant program that requires 1,300 hours of instruction. In addition to examining topics in phlebotomy, pharmacology and medical terminology, students learn how to take patients' vital signs and perform procedures like hearing and vision tests, EKGs and X-rays. Program graduates can become certified as medical assistants as well as EKG technicians and phlebotomists. The school also offers a program to students interested in working as medical laboratory assistants. Applicants to either one of these programs must submit GED or high school transcripts and take a basic skills test.
Runner-Up #2: City College - Altamonte Springs
- Student-teacher ratio was 18:1 in 2011, per NCES figures
- Career Assistance and Development Office schedules interviews with potential employers and offers job search, resume matching and networking resources
City College - Altamonte Springs is the only public or private not-for-profit school in the Orlando area offering a medical assistant associate's degree program. Coursework for this 2-year degree covers topics in medical terminology, pharmacology and phlebotomy. Students work with medical office software and learn keyboarding skills as well. Before graduating, they must also undertake a 150-hour externship to gain hands-on experience. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take phlebotomy technician and medical assistant certification exams administered by the National Center for Competency Testing.