Medical Assistant Schools & Training Programs

Medical Assistant Schools & Training Programs

Finding the right medical assistant school is the key to succeeding in the field of medical assisting. Medical assistant training programs offer courses designed to provide career training in medical assisting, as well as overall education in healthcare, business, and other related areas.

The school you choose can impact the career direction you take and how far you can advance in medical assisting. Most employers prefer to hire medical assistants who are formally trained through an accredited program and who are certified.

Medical Assistant Program Credentials

medical assistant schoolsMedical assistant school programs vary in length and the credential awarded. The most common credentials are as follows:

CertificatesMedical assistant certificate programs are offered by most schools and are intended to build on top of an existing degree. These programs can take from a few months to a year to complete and can prepare graduates for entry-level employment.

DiplomasDiploma programs in medical assisting can usually be completed within a year. Unlike certificate programs they are not designed to supplement a degree, and require only a high school education to enroll. These programs can also prepare medical assistant graduates for entry-level employment.

Associate’s DegreesAS degrees in medical assisting offer a broader education, including some general education to build a well-rounded career foundation. Associate’s degree programs take around two years to complete, but can lead to higher-level employment. They can also sometimes be applied toward bachelor’s degree programs in other areas of healthcare.

Choosing the Right School

Medical assistant schools vary widely in terms of quality and program offerings, so it is best to do preliminary research before choosing a school. Factors like accreditation, credentials offered, program length, and school services can sometimes determine how far you may go in your career. Here are a few of these factors:

Accreditation – Most schools are accredited by a recognized industry authority, which ensures school programs are up to industry standards. This is an especially important factor for medical assistant graduates who plan to become certified, as most certification organizations require a form of accreditation. CAAHEP and ABHES are the two most well-known organizations that accredit medical assistant schools.

Career Services – As a bonus, many schools offer graduates and current students access to career services such as resume and job interview assistance, job referrals, or opportunities to meet medical assistant recruiters. (As a side note, you can also find resume and interview assistance on this site.)

Online Offerings – For students with time constraints, some schools offer online extensions where students can register to take medical assistant classes online, in addition to their classroom-based courses. These offerings are normally counted as regular classes.

Financial Aid – Not all schools offer scholarships or other forms of direct financial aid, but many provide assistance with FAFSA applications or notifications of other scholarships.

Credentials – Some schools offer a variety of credentials such as diplomas, certificates and associate’s degrees, while others may offer fewer options.

Some of the questions you might ask of school representatives are:

  • Is the school accredited, and by whom?
  • What certifications or careers does the school prepare graduates for?
  • Are financing options available?
  • Does this school provide job placement assistance to graduates?
  • Are online classes available?

It is best to use these and other criteria to compare at least two to three schools, if possible.

Applying to Medical Assisting Schools

Either a high school diploma or a GED is normally required to apply to a medical assistant school. Depending on the school the application process may also involve:

  • Completing a general application form online
  • Interviewing with a school representative
  • Submitting an original essay
  • Submitting any relevant test scores

School representatives should readily answer any questions related to the application process.

Since medical assistants work with the public, medical assistant school applicants should be well groomed and courteous. As you apply to medical assistant schools, it is smart to be aware of the general medical assistant job description so you can gauge your own strengths and weaknesses.

Medical Assistant Schools Enrolling Now

Lincoln / Lincoln Technical Institute

Are you looking for hands-on training at a well-respected technical school?

Since 1946, Lincoln Technical Institute has been helping students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. Our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology.

What sets Lincoln Technical Institute apart from other schools? Quite a few things, actually; our training programs emphasize experiential, interactive learning activities – that means you’ll do the job before you take the job. Plus, our Certificate, Diploma and Associate Degree programs are designed to accelerate your entry into the job market by offering a shorter length of training, so you may be earning valuable on-the-job experience before many of your peers do.

But our strengths go beyond that. our Lincoln instructors possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise and real world experience. Plus, we’ve built working partnerships with important industry contacts in your area. So when you graduate, we’ll help you find a good position and start your career off right.

When it comes to choosing a post-secondary educational institution, keep this in mind: Our dedication to your success sets us apart from the competition – and the specialized, career-focused training you’ll receive at Lincoln will set you apart from yours. Lincoln Technical Institute offers flexible daytime and evening programs to accommodate your busy schedule. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify and Career Placement Assistance is available upon graduation.

Campus
  • Northeast Philadelphia (Bucks County)
  • Brockton MA (Southeastern MA)
  • Moorestown
  • Somerville MA (Boston Area)
  • Shelton
  • Center City Philadelphia (Downtown)
Programs
  • Medical Assistant Technology
  • Medical Assistant

Lincoln College of Technology

Lincoln College of Technology helps students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology.

Campus
  • Marietta
  • Melrose Park (Chicago Area)
Programs
  • Medical Assistant Technology
  • Medical Assistant

UEI College

For over 25 years, UEI College’s mission has been, “We prepare students for employment by providing industry-validated education and training within a positive, supportive and caring environment.” Each qualified instructor at UEI College works hard to uphold that mission. UEI College cares about each student and their goals and offers an environment and programs that cater to their lifestyle.

Campus
  • Stockton
  • Ontario
  • Riverside
  • Encino
  • San Marcos
  • Gardena
  • Chula Vista
  • Anaheim
  • Huntington Park
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

YTI Career Institute

Why YTI Career Institute? We offer fast and affordable hands-on training that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the fields of trades and technical, computer, medical, business, criminal justice or culinary arts.

At YTI Career Institute, getting the training you need to succeed doesn’t have to take four years of your life. With our accelerated programs, we make it possible for you to be career-ready in as few as 9 months*.

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

*Program lengths vary.

Campus
  • Lancaster
Programs
  • Medical Assistant - (AST)

Westwood College

Westwood College is an institution of higher learning founded in Denver, Colorado in 1953. Today, Westwood has 14 campuses across California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia and an online campus. Westwood offers a unique hands-on, career-focused curriculum providing three-year bachelor’s degrees in high-growth fields. We have over 8,000 students enrolled in one of our degree programs in technology, healthcare, business, design, justice and industrial services. To date, nearly 30,000 Westwood graduates have transformed their lives by obtaining the skills, tools, experience and connections necessary to achieve meaningful careers.

Campus
  • Virginia Arlington Ballston
  • Virginia Annandale
  • Chicago Loop
  • Atlanta Midtown
  • Chicago DuPage
  • Atlanta Northlake
  • Chicago River Oaks
  • Chicago O'Hare Airport
Programs
  • Medical Assisting (D)

Kaplan College

A college education is important in today’s workforce. Kaplan College gives you the right mix of professional experience and classroom instruction in our accelerated programs to help you succeed in your new career! Kaplan College can help you train for a new career with diploma programs ranging in just a few months. Take advantage of all the benefits Kaplan College offers today!

Campus
  • San Antonio San Pedro
  • Salida (Modesto)
  • Arlington
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

Kaplan University

Kaplan University’s high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to fit the schedule of busy professionals. An accredited university offering 170 degrees and programs, we are committed to helping those with talent and dedication earn their degree.*

Through a progressive curriculum, accomplished faculty, and the flexibility to study virtually anytime, anywhere you have an Internet connection, Kaplan University could help you build the skills and credentials to pursue your career and educational goals.†

*Kaplan University is regionally accredited. See our website for details. Please note that not all programs are offered at all locations.

†Kaplan University’s programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue employment in their field of study, or in related fields. However, the University does not guarantee that graduates will be placed in any particular job, eligible for job advancement opportunities, or employed at all. Additional training or certification may be required.

Campus
  • Omaha, NE
  • Des Moines, IA
Programs
  • AAS in Medical Assisting

National American University

National American University is about personal development and community. When you choose to attend NAU, you don’t just join a group of diverse students and faculty; you join a group of people from all walks of life sharing a unique experience.

Our staff is devoted to helping you balance your education with your personal and professional obligations – it’s our commitment. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.

Campus
  • Indianapolis, IN
Programs
  • Medical Administrative Assistant A.A.S.
  • Medical Assisting A.A.S.

Carrington College California

Now you can earn your associate degree and can get started in the career field you’ve always dreamed of more conveniently than ever by attending the online Campus of Carrington College California. Considered a leader in education, Carrington College California has a long history of helping students succeed in real world careers.

Campus
  • Sacramento
  • San Leandro
  • Pleasant Hill
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College ®. With roots that date back nearly 35 years, Carrington College takes pride in having successfully shaped the careers of thousands of graduates who have entered allied health professions. Carrington College offers specialized certificate and associate degree programs that meet the needs of all students, regardless of educational background, age, skill level, ethnicity, or cultural orientation. Each Carrington certificate or associate degree program combines lecture and laboratory experiences to provide students with the appropriate education to pursue the health care profession of their choice. Our broad-based curricula help students develop effective critical-thinking and communication skills along with the key competencies needed for specialized employment. In addition, a Carrington College education instills students with a philosophy that values not only learning and professionalism, but also contribution and commitment to the community.

Campus
  • Phoenix
Programs
  • Medical Assisting

Concorde Career College

We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn. And at Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed – and get you into the workforce quickly.

Even in today’s economy, the demand for skilled healthcare professionals shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Career Guide to Industries (2010-2011 Edition), the healthcare industry will generate .2 million in new wage and salary jobs between 2006 and 2016 – more than any other industry.

Now’s a great time to get started – and to move toward a rewarding healthcare career.

Campus
  • Garden Grove
  • Portland
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration

American Career College

American Career College (ACC) offers hands-on training that will prepare students for careers in the healthcare industry at three campuses in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County, California. ACC“s programs combine classroom lectures and hands-on training to prepare students for a Diploma or Associate of Occupational Science degree. All ACC programs include access to trained faculty, a full student services department committed to helping students succeed, and career guidance and services after graduation. ACC is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools; some programs also hold programmatic accreditation or approvals.

Programs vary by campus. Program lengths vary by session and schedule. Financial aid available to those who qualify. ACC cannot guarantee employment. American Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Campus
  • Inland Empire
  • Orange County
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.

Campus
  • Oxnard
Programs
  • Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Certificate - Medical Assisting

Vatterott College

At Vatterott, our job is not over after students enroll in one of our programs… it is just beginning. Vatterott’s professional Career Services Team is designed to provide students with the necessary tools and resources needed to put their career skills to use. *Career Services provides job search guidance, resume review, mock interviewing, resume referral, career fair opportunities, and more.

Campus
  • Oklahoma City
  • Cleveland
Programs
  • Medical Assistant with Limited Radiography Technology
  • Medical Assistant with Office Management
  • Medical Assistant Occupational Specialist

Keiser University

At Keiser University we are here to help you succeed by providing the professional and academic foundation to meet your educational goals and objectives. Keiser University continues to be a valuable partner to employers, the community, and, above all, a valued choice for students serious about their education and career.

Campus
  • Lakeland
  • Orlando
Programs
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting

Fortis Institute

At FORTIS, students are provided the skills and training needed to enter careers in industries that have employment opportunity over time. What industries you ask? FORTIS offers career education and training programs in the nursing, healthcare, medical, dental, business, information technology, skilled trades, massage and cosmetology career fields. That makes Fortis a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with a wide variety of educational choices!

Campus
  • Houston North
  • Grand Prairie
  • Towson
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Milan Institute

We believe that each student at Milan Institute holds the key to his or her own success. Our staff and instructors strive to help each student develop the professionalism that will open a world of creativity and knowledge. Milan Institute offers a college atmosphere conducive to learning and individual growth. Excellent training and job placement assistance enable our students to become enterprising professionals.

Campus
  • Visalia
  • Las Vegas
  • Palm Desert
  • Clovis
  • Merced
Programs
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

Heritage College

Every Heritage school (Heritage Institute & Heritage College) helps real people build real careers. Our schools offer programs and degrees for a career as an X-Ray Medical Technician®, Medical Assistant, Massage Therapist, Esthetician, Surgical Technologist, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, or Cosmetologist. Please note that all programs may not be offered at all schools.

Campus
  • Denver
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Kansas City
Programs
  • X-Ray Medical Technician® - Medical Assistant

Fortis College

At Fortis, our students get the skills and training needed for great careers in industries that are in demand. You are now closer to your dreams than ever before!

Fortis provides prominent education for anyone regardless of your previous educational background. Get the opportunity to receive all the personalized attention you deserve to achieve your career and educational goals!

Campus
  • Landover
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

California College San Diego

California College San Diego is a nonprofit institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The college offers fast, career-focused degree programs in healthcare, business and information technology. The goal of the college is to quickly and conveniently prepare you to become a competent professional to enter a career in your chosen field.

Campus
  • San Marcos, CA
  • National City, CA
  • San Diego, CA
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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