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

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.

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

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 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 www.accjc.org.

Campus
  • San Leandro
  • Las Vegas
  • Citrus Heights
  • Stockton
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Pomona
  • Sacramento
  • Mesa
  • San Jose
  • Phoenix North
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Assisting

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
  • Moorestown
  • Northeast Philadelphia (Bucks County)
  • Center City Philadelphia (Downtown)
  • Lowell MA (Northern MA and NH)
  • Allentown
  • Brockton MA (Southeastern MA)
  • Somerville MA (Boston Area)
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Technology

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 Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Southaven
  • Kansas City
  • Miramar
  • Portland
  • Garden Grove
  • San Bernardino
Programs
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Professional - Diploma
  • Medical Office Professional - (AAS)
  • Medical Assisting - (AAS)
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma
  • Medical Administrative 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
  • West Palm Beach
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant Technology

YTI Career Institute

At YTI Career Institute, we are your beacon-brightening your future outlook and lighting your path to a rewarding career. As a YTI student, you’ll enjoy five advantages:

  1. Industry-modeled training in Trades and Technical, Computers, Business, Medical, Culinary Arts or Criminal Justice.
  2. Accelerated programs you can complete in as few as 9 months.
  3. Energized, student-centered faculty who provide personalized instruction.
  4. Financial Aid assistance for those who qualify.
  5. Career Services assistance through your Career Services Specialist.
Campus
  • York
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Porter and Chester Institute

Discover the Advantages of Porter and Chester

At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success. By completing one of our Automotive, Computer, Healthcare, or Trades programs, you’ll enjoy five advantages during your job search:

  1. You gain knowledge and skills employers want you to know.
  2. You learn from instructors who’ve worked in the field.
  3. You learn by doing through hands-on instruction.
  4. You develop personal skills and habits to become more employable.
  5. You enhance your job interview skills and résumé.

Learn more about the advantages you can enjoy at Porter and Chester by completing the form on this page.

Campus
  • Woburn
  • Branford
  • Worcester
  • Canton
  • Enfield
  • Chicopee
Programs
  • Medical Assisting

Kaplan College

At Kaplan College, we create programs with our students’ needs in mind. Our goal is to empower you with the real-world knowledge you need to succeed beyond the classroom. We offer a variety of programs at 40 campuses across 10 states in various degree levels to help train you for entry-level employment in a variety of rewarding careers.

Campus
  • Vista
  • Dayton
  • Fort Worth
  • Arlington
  • San Antonio San Pedro
Programs
  • X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant

Westwood College

Our mission

Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures.

Our values

We are dedicated to preparing students for meaningful employment. We provide a quality education and learning environment. We embody integrity in everything we do. We believe in partnership with employers, students, graduates and our communities. We have pride in our students and are passionate about their success. We respect diversity and believe all people should have the opportunity to get an education and find meaningful employment. We believe in continuous improvement and exploring new ideas.

Who we are

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Alta College, Inc. (Alta) is the parent organization for Westwood College. Since its inception, Alta has been a leader in career-focused education, meeting workforce needs for in-demand employment fields. As occupational challenges and opportunities are recognized, Alta develops new programs in cooperation with industry leaders to meet the needs of our students and graduates and of employers, as well.

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 6,500 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.

Accreditation

Westwood College is currently nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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

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
  • Lancaster
  • Temecula
  • Modesto
Programs
  • Medical Office
  • Medical Assistant

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
  • Orange County
  • Inland Empire
Programs
  • Medical Assistant

Harrison College

Harrison College prides itself on truly knowing our students — their lives and families, obstacles and motivations and their dreams and goals. We also know their potential — that’s why for more than 100 years, our mission has been to provide a supportive environment, with the expectation that their success also benefits their families, friends and communities. That’s the Harrison Difference.

Harrison College campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Certificates, Diplomas, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees. The award level varies by campus. A listing of program offerings for each campus is provided on page 43 of the catalog, under the section titled Program Availability by Campus Location.

Campus
  • Indianapolis - Downtown
  • Elkhart
  • Columbus - OH
Programs
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • 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
  • Palm Desert
  • Nampa
  • Sparks
  • Amarillo
  • Merced
  • Las Vegas
Programs
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

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
  • Albany
  • Woodland Park
  • Amityville
  • Jersey City
  • Bohemia
Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Professional Medical Assistant

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!

Campus
  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
Programs
  • 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
  • Columbus
  • Cleveland
  • Kansas City
  • Oklahoma City
  • Denver
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
  • San Diego, CA
  • National City, CA
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

Elmira Business Institute

Take the fast track to your future at Elmira Business Institute!

Learn how you can get the training you need to begin a rewarding career in a field of high-demand. Complete and submit the form and one of our Admissions Representatives will be in touch soon to tell you more.

Campus
  • Vestal
Programs
  • Certificate - Medical Assisting
  • Associate - 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.

Campus
  • South Plainfield
Programs
  • Medical Assisting

CollegeAmerica

Students of CollegeAmerica 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
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Denver, CO
Programs
  • Medical Specialties (AOS)

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