In New York, medical assistant training is through undergraduate certificate and associate degree programs. Students gain an overview of medical office procedures, including those in medical billing and coding, transcription and records management. They also take courses in anatomy and physiology, healthcare laws, health insurance and medical terminology. Additionally, many programs incorporate basic studies in healthcare procedures, such as first aid, urinalysis, phlebotomy and EKG. Most programs also integrate an internship opportunity, allowing students to develop hands-on skills in the field.
Below are brief overviews of programs at 10 of the largest 2- and 4-year colleges in New York offering medical assistant training, along with a table comparing basic facts about each program.
SUNY Broome Community College
Students in the medical assistant program at SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton learn medical office skills and clinical duties. They hone their skills during a 15-week externship in a medical office or healthcare facility. This 67-credit associate's degree program includes courses in college writing, biology, medical terminology, medical ethics, and medical transcription. Graduates of this program can qualify for the AAMA certification test. Broome Community College is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
CUNY Bronx Community College
This community college in the Bronx, part of the CUNY (City University of New York) system, offers an associate's degree program in medical office assisting. The 60-credit program includes core courses in physiology, English composition, interpersonal communication, and mathematical thought. Students study healthcare issues, medical law, and business math. They also learn about medical terminology and transcription, as well as develop the skills needed to perform clinical duties, such as performing EKGs and drawing blood.
CUNY Queensboro Community College
Queensboro Community College, a CUNY school in Bayside, offers a 30-credit certificate program in medical office assisting that includes instruction in administrative duties and clinical procedures. The 60-credit Associate in Applied Science program involves courses in English composition and the life sciences, as well as public health science. Students learn about medical office procedures and work on their computer and keyboarding skills. They also study clinical testing procedures and have the opportunity to get practical training through field experiences in medical settings.
Genesee Community College
Both the medical office assistant certificate and medical administrative assistant associate's degree programs at SUNY's Genesee Community College in Batavia train students for clerical work in a medical office. The certificate program calls for 33 credits in courses such as medical billing, health insurance basics, medical terminology, and business communications. Students participate in one unpaid and one paid internship. The degree program requires 65 credits. Degree students complete general education courses and study transcription, medical coding, office systems, and other topics. A co-op course gives students hands-on experience.
Mohawk Valley Community College
Students in the medical assistant certificate program at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica can apply their credits to the college's associate's degree program in medical assisting. The certificate program consists of one calendar year of study in the fall through summer and includes instruction in clinical procedures, healthcare law, anatomy, and medical office duties. Students complete both administrative and clinical externships in medical offices or healthcare facilities. The associate's degree program calls for four semesters of coursework, including administrative and clinical externships. Students also create and work in a community service project.
Niagara County Community College
Located in Sanborn, Niagara County Community College offers an associate's degree program in medical assisting that requires at least 64 credit hours over four semesters. Graduates of this program can qualify for the AAMA certification test. Students learn about medical office procedures through courses in records management, medical coding, billing, and medical transcription. Clinical courses teach students how to draw blood, perform an EKG, and communicate with patients. A clinical externship is required. Students also complete courses in writing, psychology, microbiology, and CPR and first aid.
Sullivan County Community College
Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake has a 67-credit associate's degree program in medical assisting that includes administrative and clinical courses. Office administration classes are taught during the first two semesters of the program, with clinical topics added during the final two semesters. Courses cover medical billing, medical terminology, pharmacology, and clinical procedures, among other topics. Students also carry out administrative and clinical duties through an externship.
Trocaire College in Buffalo offers an associate's degree program in medical assisting that requires at least 67 semester hours spread over four semesters. Students take courses in office procedures, such as medical billing, office systems, transcription, and medical terminology. They study clinical and diagnostic laboratory procedures and complete a clinical seminar and externship. General education courses include philosophy, English composition, and psychology. Graduates of this program qualify for the AAMA certification exam.
Certification is not required in New York, but graduates of accredited medical assisting programs can opt for professional certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Medical Assistant Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|SUNY Broome Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb||Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science||$5,355 in-state; $10,083 out-of-state|
|CUNY Bronx Community College||Two-year, public; large city||Medical Office Assistant Associate in Applied Science||$5,206 in-state; $8,086 out-of-state|
|CUNY Queensboro Community College||Two-year, public; large city|| Medical Office Assistant Certificate,
Medical Office Assistant Associate in Applied Science
|$5,210 in-state; $8,090 out-of-state|
|Genesee Community College||Two-year, public; distant town|| Medical Office Assistant Certificate,
Medical Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science
|$4,640 in-state; $5,240 out-of-state|
|Mohawk Valley Community College||Two-year, public; small city|| Medical Assistant Certificate,
Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science
|$5,266 in-state; $9,636 out-of-state|
|Niagara County Community College||Two-year, public; fringe rural||Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science||$4,923 in-state; $9,315 out-of-state|
|Sullivan County Community College||Two-year, public; distant rural||Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science||$5,690 in-state; $10,504 out-of-state|
|Trocaire College||Four-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; large city||Medical Assistant Associate in Applied Science||$17,650|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.