Medical Assisting Schools in Fort Wayne, IN with Program Info

The Fort Wayne, IN, area has few schools that offer training in medical assisting. To make an informed education decision, learn about the program and admission requirements at a couple of schools located within 35 miles of the city's center.

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Fort Wayne Medical Assisting Programs

Aspiring medical assistants in the Fort Wayne area may be interested in two public schools that are within roughly 45 minutes of downtown. Training in this field typically involves classroom instruction and fieldwork in a healthcare environment. To find out more, read an overview of the courses and clinical work required in a couple of colleges' programs. You can also compare the schools in multiple areas using the table of stats.

  • Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast is a relatively large school located about four miles outside of downtown Fort Wayne; it had more than 11,000 students in 2011. Students there can earn a certificate or associate's degree in medical assisting.
  • Vantage Career Center, situated around 35 miles from Fort Wayne in Van Wert, Ohio, offers students a small school with a student body of less than 100 students. It offers a medical assisting training program that takes roughly a year to complete.

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Comparison of Schools

Take a look at the table below to explore some of the differences between the two medical assisting schools, including contrasting campus settings, costs and enrollment numbers. The facts could help you decide which institution best fits your needs.

Ivy Tech Community College Vantage Career Center
School Type 2-year, public Less than 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014)* 91,179 44
Campus Setting Large city Distant town
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)* $4,115 in-state; $7,992 out-of-state* $6,500**
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2014)* 82% 71%
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (2013-2014)* 45% for full-time students* 92% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate* 8% (for students who began in Fall 2011) 84% (for students who began in 2011-2012)

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Vantage Career Center

Ivy Tech Community College - Northeast

Ivy Tech Community College's medical assisting programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Graduates are qualified to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant exam offered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.

Medical Assistant Generalist Technical Certificate

Students will need to complete 45 credit hours; the program takes three semesters of full-time study. Courses include medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, related laboratory and administrative techniques, medical insurance and coding techniques, and pharmacology. Students also complete clinical training and an externship that includes clinical and administrative work.

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting

This program features the same courses and clinical training requirements found in the medical assistant certificate program. Additional classes to complete the associate's degree include disease conditions, statewide medical assisting electives, and general education courses such as English composition, math, communication, and social sciences. A total of 60 credit hours are required to graduate.

Vantage Career Center

Vantage Career Center is a University of Ohio System provider. The medical assistant program is one of several allied health programs offered. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, complete assessment tests, and meet with an enrollment coordinator.

Medical Assistant Program

Full-time classroom instruction lasts from September to July; students then complete a 6-8 week externship before qualifying for the professional certification exam. Students will need to participate in 1,000 clock hours to complete this program. Topics include medical terminology, medical law and ethics, phlebotomy, EKG training, anatomy, and physiology. The tuition fee includes the certification exam fee. Additional costs to the student include uniforms and TB testing.

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