Aspiring medical assistants can find certificate and/or 2-year degree programs at community colleges and technical schools around the country.
Notable schools for aspiring medical assistants include Anne Arundel Community College, Delaware Technical Community College, West Georgia Technical College, and Chippewa Valley Technical College. These schools have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), such as those featured below, so graduates are eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) Exam.
Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD
|School Highlight: This school has the highest attendance for a single-campus institution in the state of Maryland.|
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) offers a medical assisting program that can lead to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), a certificate or a letter of recognition in administrative medical assisting. The A.A.S. program provides training in a variety of skill sets that can open doors to several career opportunities, including medical office manager or administrative assistant to a physician.
Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, DE
|School Highlight: The medical assistant program at Delaware Technical Community College is offered on the Wilmington campus.|
Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) has four campus locations: Dover, Stanton, Georgetown and Wilmington. The medical assistant program results in an Associate of Science (A.S.) and teaches core competencies in office skills, medical and diagnostic testing, collecting specimens and more. The medical assistant associate degree offered at DTCC is also a 'Connected Degree' program that enables graduates to transfer to a 4-year program.
West Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA
|School Highlight: High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a college degree program at West Georgia Technical College.|
West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) offers a diploma program in medical assisting that helps students prepare for the CMA examination. Aspiring healthcare assistants can also pursue a certificate program, through which they develop an understanding of the administrative aspects of the industry. A certificate program in healthcare science is also available and emphasizes the lab and physical care side of the field.
Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI
|School Highlight: The school offers a one-year medical assisting diploma program that starts in either January or August.|
The Medical Assistant program at Chippewa Valley Technical College helps students build both clinical and administrative skills. Students learn to perform basic laboratory procedures, take vital signs and prepare patients for procedures. At the same time, they gain familiarity with bookkeeping practices, insurance forms and medical coding. According to the school's website, 78% of graduates get a job in the field.
Top Medical or Clinical Assistant Programs Schools in the U.S.
These colleges also offer excellent programs for aspiring medical assistants:
- At Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Cincinnati, OH, the medical assistant certificate program includes classes ranging from medical office insurance to pharmacology.
- Students at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA, have the option to further their education through transfer agreements with Charter Oak State College or the University of Phoenix.
- Recent graduates of Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC, have found work at over 30 different facilities.
- The medical assistant certificate program at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, offers concentrations in clinical medical assistant or administrative medical assistant.
- Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, GA, offers medical assistant classes at the Griffin or Flint River campuses M-F (days or evenings) and on weekends (day).
- At Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, WI, medical assistant students have the opportunity to utilize transferred credits from high school courses to a four year college.
Students who want to become medical assistants must complete a certificate or degree program from an accredited school, many of which provide training in both clinical and administrative practices.