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

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
  • Vista
  • Clovis (Fresno)
  • Salida (Modesto)
  • Fort Worth
  • Charlotte
  • San Antonio San Pedro
  • El Paso
  • Nashville
  • Las Vegas
  • SE Indianapolis
  • Arlington
  • Palm Springs
Programs
  • X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assistant Clinical/Clerical

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
  • San Bernardino
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Garden Grove
  • Grand Prairie
  • North Hollywood
  • Miramar
  • Portland
Programs
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration

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
  • Gardena
  • Huntington Park
  • Stockton
  • Ontario
  • Chula Vista
  • Fresno
  • Anaheim
  • Encino
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

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
  • Shelton
  • Lincoln (Providence Area)
  • Moorestown
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

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
  • Boise
  • Phoenix
  • Las Vegas
  • Mesquite
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

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
  • Chicago Loop
  • Chicago River Oaks
  • Chicago O'Hare Airport
  • Chicago DuPage
  • Atlanta Northlake
  • Atlanta Midtown
Programs
  • Medical Assisting (D)

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
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange County
  • St Francis in Lynwood
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

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
  • San Jose
  • San Leandro
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Sacramento
  • Citrus Heights
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

Kaplan Career Institute

At Kaplan Career Institute, we provide affordable, career-focused programs that not only meet the demands of the market, but also the demands of your busy life. We offer day and evening classes to accommodate your busy schedule. Our accelerated curricula give you the opportunity to earn a diploma in as little as 9 to 15 months or an associate’s degree in less than 2 years. Our instructors have professional experience and provide an inside look into some of today’s hottest careers.

Kaplan Higher Education or its authorized agents and representatives may contact me via email or telephone to discuss these and other educational opportunities in the future.

Campus
  • Franklin Mills
  • Broomall (Delaware County)
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Assistant

Globe University

At Globe University, we prepare students for exciting careers in high-value fields. Imagine getting paid for what you love doing. It all starts with career-based training at Globe University. We offer master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Our graduates are prepared for careers in business, health science, technology, legal science and creative media.

Campus
  • Woodbury
  • Appleton
Programs
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assistant
  • Associate in Applied Science in Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Diploma in Medical Administrative 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
  • Merced
  • Las Vegas
  • Visalia
  • Palm Desert
Programs
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

Dorsey Schools

Dorsey Schools are postsecondary institutions that provide short term comprehensive training to prepare students for promising career opportunities in fields such as cosmetology, culinary arts, healthcare, legal and skilled trades.

Today Dorsey is proudly represented by thousands of successful graduates working in their chosen careers throughout Michigan, because employers know they can feel confident hiring a Dorsey graduate.

Dorsey Schools has one main mission: to better educate their students, thus improving career opportunities available to them. This is why the entire staff of Dorsey Schools strives to prepare men and women for the best possible career training in a variety of fields. Each program at Dorsey Schools is committed to providing quality career education and positive reinforcement – enabling the development of self-esteem, self-reliance, discipline and confidence in each graduate, coupled with an obligation to the communities where they live and work.

Campus
  • Wayne-Westland
  • Madison Heights
  • Southgate
  • Waterford-Pontiac
  • Farmington Hills
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Branford Hall Career Institute

Prestigious Branford Hall has been a leader in professional education for four decades. Branford Hall has campuses conveniently located in Branford, Southington and Windsor, Connecticut; Springfield, Massachusetts; and Albany and Bohemia, New York. Students are instructed with state-of-the-art, real-world technologies that today’s employers are seeking.

Campus
  • North Brunswick
  • Parsippany
  • Amityville
  • Jersey City
  • Southington
  • Springfield
  • Bohemia
  • Albany
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Professional Medical Assistant

San Joaquin Valley College

Better opportunities and increased financial stability could be just around the corner. Get the skills needed to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market with accelerated programs in medical, technical, and business fields. Founded in 1977, SJVC is an accredited private junior college with campuses located throughout California – including an Online division – offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.

Campus
  • Temecula
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office

AmeriTech College

AmeriTech College was founded in 1979, two blocks west of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In 2005 a new non-main campus was opened to serve the Salt Lake City area.

AmeriTech College focuses on providing technical training to students who want to move rapidly into the work force, and creating career opportunities for people in the medical professions. AmeriTech has a unique educational model that delivers a hand’s on approach to learning with an emphasis in bringing the “real world” of medical professions into the classroom in order to provide the best possible training for our students.

Campus
  • Draper
Programs
  • 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

Rasmussen College

We Make Higher Education A Successful Investment

At Rasmussen College, our focus has always been and will remain on making your higher education experience a successful investment. We help you achieve the success you want-both in your courses and in your career.

Through our Tuition Lock, which guarantees your tuition costs will not increase from enrollment to graduation, you can focus on your courses with peace of mind that your tuition costs will remain the same.* Plus, our seamless transfer policies help maximize your credit transfer and minimize your time to graduation-saving you time and money.

To help you prepare for career success, our classroom experience replicates the real world. In small classes led by industry-experienced faculty, you receive hands-on learning and gain relevant skills through internship opportunities, field training exercises, and other program-relevant experiences.

To help you advance your career as quickly as possible, you can complete your Bachelor’s degree in our AcceleratED Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in as little as 18 months.* Our other programs also have a streamlined completion time: you can earn your Associate’s degree in as little as 18 months or a Certificate in as little as nine months.

Campus
  • IL - Mokena
Programs
  • Medical Administration Diploma
  • Medical Administration Associate's Degree
  • Medical Assisting Diploma

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
  • Wayne
  • Houston North
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Virginia College

Take your life in an exciting new direction with an education from Virginia College! Graduates of Virginia College can be confident in the skills and training that they’ve received because programs are designed for their success. Virginia College focuses on the needs of the job market of each industry, creating programs that meet the needs of students and future employees alike.

Virginia College provides the convenience of flexible class schedules with the benefits of small class sizes. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, helping open doors for everyone who wants to improve his or her education and opportunities!

Virginia College provides a number of choices in order to offer you the education that best fits your needs and goals, from diploma and associate degree programs to bachelor degree programs at some locations. Virginia College’s school of business management even offers graduate degrees at select campuses. Programs are also offered in a number of different fields, providing choices as varied as graphic design degrees or paralegal studies. Whether you’re interested in criminal justice schools or a cosmetology college, Virginia College has a choice that’s right for you!

Classes Start November 10th, 2014!

Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.

*Programs vary by campus

Campus
  • Columbia
  • Savannah
  • Austin
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

Stevens-Henager College

Students of Stevens-Henager College enjoy:

  • Monthly starts that allow students to start fast and finish fast
  • A new laptop computer to use in school and keep upon graduation
  • Financial aid, grants and scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Employment assistance for graduates
  • Convenient day, evening and online classes
  • Personal attention from enrollment to graduation and beyond
Campus
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Idaho Falls, ID
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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