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 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 medical assistant schoolspreliminary 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

Brightwood College

At Brightwood College, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.

We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

Within the classroom, it is our mission to not only provide vocational training, but to help you develop the professional skills, values, attitudes and strategies that will enhance your potential for success on campus, in your career and through life.

The success of our students is our greatest success. Because when our students succeed, we’ve completed the job we set out to do: empower the courageous, and enable real and relevant change.

  • Sacramento
  • North Hollywood
  • San Diego
  • Dayton
  • Arlington
  • Las Vegas
  • Friendswood
  • Fort Worth
  • Chula Vista
  • Dallas
  • Indianapolis South
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Back Office/X-Ray Technician
  • Medical Assistant X-Ray Technician
  • Medical Assistant

Carrington College

Welcome to Carrington College – The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.

With roots that date back more than 45 years, Carrington College has helped to shape the careers of tens of thousands of students as they prepare to enter health care professions. Part of DeVry Education Group, Carrington College operates 18 campuses across 8 Western states through a broad range of programs that lead to certificates of achievement or associate degrees in medical, dental, administrative and veterinary fields.

Carrington College’s career-focused curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in their fields of study. Along with academic preparation and skills training, Carrington College students gain core institutional student learning outcomes in critical thinking, information management, and technical literacy. But it doesn’t end there. Personal and professional development, communication skills, respect, and responsibility are also emphasized throughout their education at Carrington College.

Students, faculty, and administrative staff at Carrington College are encouraged to pursue and achieve their highest potential. We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do and instill in our students the same aspirations. In doing so, we’re confident that our graduates will be prepared to begin working in the health care field and ready to meet the needs of patients.

  • Citrus Heights
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter our school, to graduation and beyond, we are right by your side. Our mission is to prepare students for employment by providing industry-relevant education and training within a positive, supportive and caring environment.

Whether it’s a career in the healthcare field, computers or business, UEI College is here to help. Our quality hands-on training will prepare you for real world situations.

Every member of our faculty and staff works hard to pass on their real-world knowledge and provide tools their students can use to excel in their chosen field and carry that knowledge on well past their time at UEI College. Many of our programs can be completed in as little as 8 – 9 months.*

Need help finding a job? Our career services department will assist you with your search, your resume and your interview skills. Need help paying for school? Our student financial services department will determine if you qualify for financial aid or even scholarships!

If you don’t have your High School Diploma, ask us about your options! As a student in one of our eligible career pathway programs, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your High School Diploma while you complete your career training! Best of all, the opportunity to complete high school is available to you at no additional cost!**

Our schools are accredited and ready to get you started on your path to success.

At UEI College, “We put U First.” ™

**Not all programs are eligible.

Not all programs available at all locations.

*Timing varies by program. UEI – Huntington Park, Anaheim, Chula Vista, El Monte, Encino, Ontario, San Marcos, Stockton, and Morrow are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACC

  • Encino
  • El Monte
  • Chula Vista
  • Gardena
  • Stockton
  • San Marcos
  • Fresno
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist

Pittsburgh Technical College

Thanks for your interest in Pittsburgh Technical College. As the marketplace continues to become more competitive, rewarding those with the right training for the job, Pittsburgh Technical College is ideally positioned to give you the skills you need to compete. In fact, you can choose to get your certificate or associate degree at our convenient North Fayette campus in several emerging industries including:

  • Business
  • Health Care
  • Design
  • Building Technology
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Welding Technology
  • Culinary Arts

In addition to a diverse, market-centered program offering and a continued commitment to hands-on training and flexible schedules, you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of:

  • Programs designed by industry insiders
  • Career placement services
  • An Adult-Centered Learning Environment at our Cranberry Center
  • Industry-recognized certifications
  • Financial aid available for those who qualify

Plus, you can receive a certificate in as little as 9 months, or an associate degree in as little as 21 months.

Required is a high school diploma or GED; some programs of study require a background check or other special admissions conditions.

Degree Authority
In 2003, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education authorized PTC to operate as a college and to award the Associate in Science degree to graduates of approved programs.


  • Approved for the training of state rehabilitation students
  • Approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security
  • Approved for the training of veterans and war orphans
  • Approved for the training of dislocated workers through CareerLink

Military Friendly
G.I. Jobs designated Pittsburgh Technical College a military friendly school placing the institution in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

International Tutor Program Certification
PTC’s Tutoring Center is authorized to issue certificates to tutors meeting College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) requirements.

Honor Roll
PTC is a member of The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Pittsburgh Technical College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSA), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, 267.284.5000, ( MSA is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Pittsburgh
  • Medical Assisting

Arizona College

Arizona College prepares students to work in the “real world” of medicine. With the use of lecture and laboratory teaching, we provide our students with hands on experience. Arizona College also provides job placement services including interview techniques and preparing resumes.

Students at Arizona College can take advantage of many benefits. Arizona College students can get their resumes updated and receive job placement assistance at no charge. Whether looking for a part-time “survival” job while going through school, hoping for the right externship or looking for placement upon graduation, career development is available to help students through their search.

  • Mesa
  • Medical Assisting AOS Degree
  • Medical Assisting

Central Career School

Through a combination of an excellent curriculum, professional instructors, hands-on training, and small classes, the school dedicates itself to helping prepare individuals for a career in medical billing by teaching marketable skills that will help them succeed. The goal of Central Career School is simple: To provide our students with an excellent career-oriented training program that will teach the skills needed to obtain employment after graduation. We will work hard to gain your respect as a school that is truly interested in helping you succeed.

  • South Plainfield
  • Medical Assisting

College of Westchester

Since 1915, The College of Westchester (CW) has focused on the career success of its students. CW’s academic programs are carefully designed to provide the skills and competencies most desired by employers. Our campus environment is highly personal and our culture centers on service to students. CW faculty is selected based on experience, credentials and a caring attitude to bring real world knowledge to the classroom. The College’s technologies and web-enhanced learning tools give students anywhere, anytime connectivity to courses, professors, classmates and services. The College of Westchester offers an exceptional experience that can lead to a lifetime of achievement and success.

  • White Plains
  • Medical Assistant Management - Associate

Keiser University

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.
At Keiser University, you will find a warm, friendly community with faculty and staff truly committed to your success. Our small class sizes, individualized attention, and one-class-at-a-time schedules create a positive learning environment where you can excel. Whether your goal is to prepare for a new career or to advance with your current employer, Keiser University is designed around your needs.

Keiser University Advantage

  • Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree programs
  • Day, Evening, and Online Classes
  • Financial Aid to Those Who Qualify
  • Job Placement Assistance Available
  • Military-friendly, scholarships for qualified active duty personnel, Veterans, and dependants. Yellow Ribbon program participant, approved for Veterans training

Programs and delivery format vary by campus. Courses are subject to change.

Keiser University’s programs and curriculum remain in-line with technology and workforce trends, helping you develop the skills and qualifications necessary to succeed in today’s job market. Our career-focused programs make it possible for you to graduate in less time than you may think.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university.

Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University.

  • Sarasota
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Tampa
  • Tallahassee
  • Daytona Beach
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (Hybrid)

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!

  • Houston South 10 Mile Restricted Zip
  • Baton Rouge
  • Landover
  • Indianapolis
  • Atlanta
  • Foley
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assistant
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

National College

National College is dedicated to the training and educating of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of general and particular fields. The College seeks to give students a broad competency in a field of specialization and an understanding of and respect for their own and others’ ideas and thoughts. Graduates of National College should understand and practice their responsibilities to their families, their fellow men and their communities by becoming effective and contributing citizens.

As a collegiate institution offering educational credentials from diplomas to a master’s degree, National College strives to develop each student intellectually, culturally and socially. The College is interested in each individual becoming proficient in the disciplines necessary for his and her success, with the training necessary to be self-sufficient and enterprising and with the background necessary to be constantly expanding his or her intellectual and cultural horizons.

National College and all of its campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

  • Nashville
  • Medical Assisting

Mildred Elley

The mission of Mildred Elley is to provide quality career education and technical training to allow students of diverse educational, cultural and personal backgrounds to become successful in an ever-changing global economy. Mildred Elley strives to afford students quality placement opportunities and instill in all of our graduates a desire for lifelong education and learning.

  • Mildred Elley - Albany, NY
  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Clinical Medical Assistant - CERT

Southern Technical College

Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, we have the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into your career today! At STC we offer hands-on clinical training, career placement assistance and morning or evening schedules.

  • Southwest Campuses: Tampa
  • Southwest Campuses: Port Charlotte
  • Southwest Campuses: Fort.Myers
  • Central Campus: Auburndale
  • Central Campus: Orlando
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • A.S. - Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting (9 Month Diploma)
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration

Career Quest Learning Centers

Are you ready to make a change in your life? Do you want to enhance your current skill set to advance in your career? Career Quest Learning Centers is ready to help you reach your professional goals! We can provide you with career training programs, instructors, and student services, but taking the first step starts with you!

Career Quest Learning Centers’ career training programs are designed for motivated and focused students just like you! We offer short-term, flexible programs, all of which are in a blended format so school can fit into your busy lifestyle. An education from Career Quest Learning Centers can equip you with career-ready skills in less time than you may think. In fact, many of our programs can be completed in just three weeks while other programs may take longer but can still be completed in less than a year.

We offer career training in the following fields:

  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Business

Take a look at the drop down menu on the form to learn about all degree options within these fields!

At Career Quest Learning Centers, we’re focused on your needs as a student. Our instructors work with you through hands-on learning experiences and simulated workplace situations. You may also benefit from our career advisors who work with you to help create your resume, organize a portfolio, and practice for interviews. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

Learn more about furthering your education with Career Quest Learning Centers. We have locations in Jackson and Lansing, Michigan. Contact us today!

  • Lansing
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • 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 April 6, 2016!

  • Greenville
  • Knoxville
  • Florence
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma

Platt College

Find out where the future can take you with an outstanding college education. At Platt College, you’ll find the career-specific programs and training for the careers you really want. Come explore a variety of career paths that fit your lifestyle in a positive learning environment that combines real-world experience with small, private college instruction. Classes are conveniently scheduled during morning or evening hours to work around outside employment commitments. For working adults, Platt’s curriculum offers a way to continue earning a living while studying for a new career.

  • Ontario
  • Los Angeles
  • Riverside
  • Anaheim
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting
  • Associate of Science; Medical Administrative Specialist

Advanced Training Associates

It is the everyday goal of ATA to assist individuals in learning new skills and/or enhancing previously obtained skills, through continuing education or vocational education. ATA also provides customized military education programs to a variety of armed forces branches and major corporations from across America. If you are not able to come to us, we will bring the education to you. ATA is fully equipped to travel and teach at your location. In San Diego, we are in the Military Spouse Advancement Initiative.

  • El Cajon
  • Associate of Applied Science Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant

San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College – A Private Junior College.

SJVC is committed to our students’ and graduates’ personal and professional success.

Our curriculum is designed from the ground up to equip you with the skills that matter most to today’s employers. The quality of our career education programs – from course development to interactive instruction – is validated by our accreditation and approvals.

Ask one of our 25,000+ graduates about their SJVC experience and they’ll likely describe it as a life change – not just a step forward in their career development. When we get that type of positive feedback, we know we’re doing things right.

Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of federal grants, loans, work-study, scholarships and institutional payment plans.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


  • Modesto
  • Ontario
  • Lancaster
  • Hesperia
  • Hanford
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Degree - Medical Assistant

IBMC College

IBMC College offers life-changing, accelerated career training for adult learners. Whether you are a recent high school graduate, starting a new career or an individual looking to make a change, we can help you get started training for a new, rewarding career in 19 months or less!

Why IBMC College

  • Flexible class schedules – Our classes run day and evening at nearby campuses, allowing you to balance the demands of a family, job or other life responsibilities – while obtaining an education on your terms.
  • Hands-on learning – You learn by doing. We focus on providing you with one-on-one instruction from experienced instructors, who work with you directly to develop your skills.
  • Externship experience – Our students complete an externship within their specific program of study, providing them with valuable, real world experience.
  • Job placement assistance – Job placement assistance, resume writing and professional development support is provided – giving you an edge in today’s competitive job market.
  • Financial aid- Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Career Training Programs

  • Business Administration & Accounting
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Paralegal

Accreditations & Memberships
IBMC College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools.

We are proud to support our country’s veterans. As a Yellow Ribbon Participant and recipient of the 2014 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, Inc., providing life-changing career training is our commitment to both our civilian and military students.

Programs vary by campus.

  • Greeley
  • Diploma - Medical Assisting
  • Associate - Medical Assisting

ASA College

ASA College specializes in offering a superior value in higher education, with programs that balance traditional academic preparation with professional training and hands-on experience. 80% of Graduating Students get into the career field of their choice and many go on to advanced degrees!

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Medical Assisting

Florida Career College

At Florida Career College, we encourage our students to achieve their highest potential. We understand that each student learns and grows at their own pace. Our goal is to successfully prepare you for new career opportunities. We are the college that cares.

Whether you’re interested in a career in healthcare, computers, cosmetology or trades, FCC is here for you! With real world equipment and training facilities, students have the added advantage of gaining hands-on experience.

Our instructors are knowledgeable in their fields and dedicated to helping you succeed. Our career services department is dedicated to helping you find a job! Many of the programs can be completed in as little as 8-9 months!*

If you don’t have your High School Diploma, ask us about your options! As a student in one of our eligible career pathway programs, you’ll have the opportunity to earn your High School Diploma while you complete your career training! Best of all, the opportunity to complete high school is available to you at no additional cost!**

Our schools are accredited and ready to get you started on your path to success.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify!

**Not all programs are eligible.

Not all programs available at all locations.

*Timing varies by program. FCC – Boynton Beach, Hialeah, Jacksonville, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, Miami, Orlando, Pembroke Pines, Tampa, and West Palm Beach are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

  • Boynton Beach
  • Jacksonville
  • Lauderdale Lakes
  • Medical Assistant Technician - DIP

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