Dallas Medical Assisting Programs
Students interested in pursuing careers as medical assistants can find the appropriate training at schools less than 10 miles from central Dallas. To find out what medical assisting education entails, take a look at the coursework and internship requirements for two colleges' programs. There's also a table of facts and figures that you can use to easily compare the institutions in several areas.
- Located in the downtown Dallas area, El Centro College offers a medical assisting certificate program that can be completed in one year. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
- The College of Health Care Professions, situated roughly ten miles from central Dallas, offers a medical assistant certificate that can be earned in as little as 36 weeks.
Comparison of Schools
The profiled colleges differ in a number of ways. Check out this table to compare tuition, student enrollment, retention, graduation rates and more.
|El Centro College||College of Health Care Professions-Dallas|
|School Type||2-year, public||Less than 2-year, private for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||10,797*||56*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (2017-2018)||$1,770 in-district students; $3,330 in-state students; $5,220 out-of-state students*||$17,000*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||72%*||89%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||54% of full-time students*||81% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||10% (students began studies Fall 2014)*||60% (students began studies 2014-2015)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
El Centro College
El Centro College is part of the Dallas County Community College District and is also known as the flagship college of the district. El Centro offers programs that are transferable to 4-year colleges, continuing education courses, and career training in more than 50 areas of study. The college has three campus locations.
Medical Assisting Certificate
The medical assisting program prepares students to work in a medical office and perform clinical and administrative duties. Courses include medical ethics and law, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, pharmacology for health professions and administrative procedures. In addition to coursework, students must complete laboratory experiences and supervised clinical internships in a medical setting.
Students learn medical procedures such as collecting and processing specimens, drawing blood, preparing patients for procedures and recording vital signs. During the last semester, students take a review course to help them prepare for the medical assisting credentialing exam. Upon completion, graduates can sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants or the Registered Medical Assistants (RMA) exam through the American Medical Technologists. This course can be taken as a credit certificate program or as a continuing education program.
The College of Health Care Professions-Dallas
Students seeking a medical assisting program can find one at this campus of the College of Health Care Professions, as well as at other locations such as Fort Worth and San Antonio.
Medical Assistant Certificate
Coursework offered in this program include pharmacology, medical law and ethics, medical office procedures and clinical procedures. Many courses combine lectures and lab hours. A 180-hour externship is also included. The blended program takes 36 weeks to complete; the ground program takes 35 weeks if the morning program is chosen and 54 weeks for the afternoon or evening program.