New York students can choose from a variety short medical programs designed to train students for specific careers. These programs usually lead to a certificate or an associate's degree in fields that may include medical assisting, phlebotomy, medical transcription, radiologic technology, physical therapy assisting, clinical laboratory technology and health information technology. Some programs prepare graduates for certification in the chosen occupation, with many including hands-on training in a laboratory or at a medical facility as part of the curriculum. Students interested in enrolling in a short medical program may have to meet specific requirements, such as possessing CPR certification and getting a physical examination.
Niagara County Community College
Niagara County Community College (NCCC), located in Sanborn, uses a dual credit system in which college administrators give credit for life experience as well as accept credits from advanced placement (AP) programs. The school offers programs in medical assisting, phlebotomy, physical therapy assisting and radiologic technology.
Those in the medical assisting associate's degree program, which includes classroom and clinical courses, prepare for the certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants. The phlebotomy certificate program teaches advanced first aid and CPR, medical terminology, basic patient care, phlebotomy and medical office communications.
The physical therapy assistant associate's degree program covers theory and practice and includes clinical experiences in hospitals and other health facilities throughout New York. The radiologic technology associate's degree program prepares students to assist radiologists in determining diagnoses by performing procedures, and it includes courses with lectures, lab exercises and clinical education.
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SUNY Broome Community College
SUNY Broome Community College (BCC) is located in Binghamton and offers several certificate and associate's degree programs in the medical field. Students can study medical transcription, phlebotomy, health information technology, medical assisting or clinical laboratory technology.
Students in the medical transcription certificate program study human biology, medical terminology, medical transcription, pharmacology, medical legal aspects and keyboarding. The phlebotomy certificate program prepares students for the national certification test for phlebotomists, while the health information technology associate's degree program teaches students to complete, review and maintain medical records.
The medical assistant associate's degree program teaches both administrative and clinical laboratory techniques. The clinical laboratory technician program provides classroom and hands-on clinical training in the areas of immunology, hematology, microbiology, body fluids, blood banking, clinical chemistry and histology.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Niagara County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| AAS in Medical Assistant,
AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant,
AAS in Radiologic Technology
|$4,370 (in-state), $10,310 (out-of-state)*|
|SUNY Broome Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb|| Medical Transcription Certificate,
AAS in Health Information Technology,
AAS in Medical Assistant,
AAS in Clinical Laboratory Technician
|$4,721 (in-state), $8,945 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator