Schools Near Nashua with Medical Assisting Programs
Those looking for medical assisting degree and certificate programs in the Nashua, NH, area will find only one nearby option in New Hampshire; the rest of the schools within a 50-mile radius are in Massachusetts. Prospective students should keep in mind that those living in New Hampshire may have to pay out-of-state tuition rates for Massachusetts schools.
Read about the focus areas and coursework in the programs at three colleges below, which are all accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Be sure to also take a glance at a table of stats on the profiled institutions. Details on a few other school options are provided as well.
- The closest school to Nashua and the only in-state option is Manchester Community College in Manchester. Located about 15 miles from downtown, it offers a medical assistant certificate and an associate's degree.
- Mount Wachusett Community College, situated roughly 30 miles from central Nashua in Gardner, MA, offers a clinical study area right on campus. Students can earn a medical assisting associate's degree or certificate.
- Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA, offers clinical medical assisting and administrative medical assisting certificate programs. The campus is about 20 miles from Nashua's downtown area.
Comparison of Schools
The profiled schools may have similar program offerings in the medical assisting field, but they differ in a number of ways. Use this table to compare the colleges in terms of student enrollment numbers, school settings, graduation rates and tuition costs, among other areas.
|Manchester Community College||Mount Wachusett Community College||Northern Essex Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||2,766*||3,854*||5,726*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Rural: fringe||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$7,232 in-state; $15,808 out-of-state*||$5,428 in-state; $10,348 out-of-state*||$4,992 in-state; $10,776 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||71%*||82%*||70%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||62% for full-time students*||54% for full-time students*||58% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in Fall 2014||29%*||21%*||18%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Manchester Community College
MCC offers several medical assisting programs to meet various career goals. Curricula features in-class learning, laboratory courses and internships or practicums for professional skills development. Students need to have CPR certification for healthcare providers and good physical and mental health, hearing, eyesight and manual dexterity.
Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate
This program provides training in essential office duties, such as making and tracking patient appointments, updating patient charts, completing patient referrals, accepting payments and processing insurance claims. Coursework covers basic medical terminology and human body studies. Specific course topics include pharmacology, medical law and executive keyboarding. Students must complete 26 credit hours.
Medical Assistant Associate in Science
Students take many of the same courses required for the professional medical assistant certificate program. Additional requirements include clinical labs, general education courses and a transcultural healthcare course as well as a practicum seminar. Graduates qualify to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Mount Wachusett Community College
Students at MWCC participate in hands-on training through practicums or externships to highlight concepts taught in the classroom. Medical assisting students can participate in clinical work at Mount Wachusett Community College's Gardner Campus.
Medical Office Certificate
Required courses for this 26-credit hour program include medical terminology, introduction to medical assisting and advanced medical administrative procedures. Students also complete an externship that combines hands-on experiences in a clinical setting and a seminar.
Medical Assisting Associate Degree
This program requires students to complete 60-62 credit hours for graduation. Students need to pass courses in medical administrative procedures, pharmacology principles, legal concepts, ethics, medical terminology and medical machine transcription. Graduates can take the AAMA's CMA certification exam.
Northern Essex Community College
Medical assistant students need to be CPR-certified at the health care provider or professional rescue level prior to enrollment. This school's medical assisting programs feature classroom work as well as professional hands-on training.
Medical Assistant Certificate
This 32-credit hour program covers topics in clinical laboratory procedures, psychology, medical assisting techniques, medical office administration, human biology and medical terminology. Students get hands-on training in physical assessment, surgical techniques, EKG use, medication administration, emergency response techniques and patient care management. Students must also carry professional liability insurance.
Medical Office Assistant Certificate
After completing this 20- to 21-credit hour program, students have the opportunity to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant designation offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). In addition to a computer elective course, students need to pass courses in medical terminology, English composition, psychology, healthcare law, medical office administration and healthcare career success.
Three other Massachusetts community colleges offer medical assisting programs. These include Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley Hills, Bunker Hill Community College in Boston and North Shore Community College in Danvers. All three are within 40-50 miles of Nashua, NH.