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Earn your Master's degree online from a prestigious and innovative university. Norwich University offers programs in Justice Administration, Civil Engineering, Military History, Business Administration, Diplomacy, and more.

Programs:

  • Master of Public Administration Online
  • Master of Arts in International Relations Online
  • Master of Civil Engineering Online
  • And more...
  • Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees available in a wide range of fields.
  • Flexible online programs offered in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Education, and more.
  • Assigned Financial Services Advisors to help answer student financial questions.
  • Servicemembers and their spouses can apply for the Ashford Military Grant to reduce tuition for all undergraduate courses.

Programs:

  • AA/Early Childhood Education
  • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration
  • BA/Education Studies
  • And more...

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


Programs:

  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Massage Therapy
  • And more...
Locations: Richmond

You’ll break out of the pack when you train at NASCAR Tech. As the exclusive provider of NASCAR technician training, NASCAR Techprovides highly specialized, hands-on training endorsed by the world’s premier motorsports organization.

Programs:

  • NASCAR
  • Automotive
Locations: Mooresville

PUT YOUR CAREER IN GEAR

If you enjoy working with your hands and are looking for a rewarding career, contact Advanced Technology Institute, located in Virginia Beach, VA!

ATI offers NATEF/ASE Master Certified Automotive Technology programs, is approved for Veterans, and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify and graduate employment services are also offered.

Programs:

  • HVAC and Refrigeration w/ Service Management - Associate's
  • HVAC and Refrigeration - Diploma
  • Tractor-Trailer/Commercial Driving
  • And more...
Locations: Virginia Beach

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program. You'll learn new strategies and techniques for your classroom while expanding your knowledge and skills as an educator.

Programs:

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Environmental Education
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
  • And more...

Centura College, with campus locations in Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, is dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience.

Programs:

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business-Concentration in Accounting Administration
  • Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Medical Assisting-Concentration in Clinical Support
  • Massage Therapy Diploma
  • And more...
Locations: Newport News

Your creativity is a big part of who you are and where you're going. To take it, and your future, as far as you want, you need an education that's focused on developing your talents and putting you on the path toward the creative career that stirs your imagination.

Programs:

  • Visual Arts (BFA)
  • Web Design (C)
  • Fashion Retailing (D)
  • And more...
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

Programs:

  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • And more...

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • Electrical/Electronics
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • And more...
Locations: Columbia

How To Choose The Right Medical Assistant School For You

One of the most difficult questions a person will ever have to answer is “what do you want to do with your life?” Choosing a career path means you are saying yes to one option and saying no to many other options, which is why this decision is so critical.

It is no secret the average working adult will spend more time on a job than with family, sleeping, or vacationing. That’s why it is important to choose a career that makes you happy, provides a stable income, and improves your overall quality of life. In essence, life is too short to spend it working at a job that makes you miserable. For individuals choosing a job in the medical field, service and success go hand in hand, but without the proper education, this goal can never be achieved.

When it comes to becoming a medical assistant knowing your options and choosing what works best for your lifestyle is paramount to your ultimate success. The average cost of training can vary by school and degree, but it generally takes students a year to complete the program with the average cost ranging from $2,500 and $5,000. If you are seeking to obtain an associate’s degree as well, a student can expect to pay roughly $5,400 per year, totaling over $10,000 by the end of the second year.

Being knowledgeable of the various offerings in specific locations is one of the fastest ways to help you narrow your choices. When considering a program, you may first want to ask yourself these specific questions. If the answer is no, you can immediately mark that program off of your list without wasting time for lengthy phone calls or unnecessary campus visits.

Accreditation

First and foremost, it is important to know if the program is accredited. If you are seeking certification, the program needs to be accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. If the program is not accredited, then you will not be able sit for the CMA exam, which will drastically reduce your options for employment. Obviously, you do not want to waste your time or efforts, so call the school before you visit to make sure the program is accredited.

Expenses

Another important consideration is the cost of the entire program. Many schools charge different rates, so it is important to speak with a financial aid specialist at the specific school to see if you qualify for any scholarships or financial aid such as grants or student loans. When figuring the cost, be sure to add in the cost of tuition, fees,books, and housing if you plan to live on campus or relocate. If you plan to stay where you are, it is important to consider the cost of commuting and living expenses, as well as your plans to work or forgo working during the time you are pursuing certification.

Additionally, some schools now offer online programs, which might be a viable option if you are in need of childcare or have limited hours that you can attend classes. Distance education and evening classes are also becoming more and more popular as schools’ technology increases and the desire to provide flexible scheduling to students grows. Whatever the constraints, do not let a hectic schedule stand in the way of you getting ahead in your career.

Degree options

Some schools offer certification only, while others offer an associate’s degree as well. Depending on your desires post completion, you will definitely want to weigh your options. Obviously, obtaining a an associate’s degree takes longer (two years) and is more costly (roughly $10,000), but the degree certainly speaks to a more well-rounded education and makes you more marketable to future employers. If you are unsure of the options offered at the specific school, an academic counselor can inform you and help you make the wisest decision for your future.

Test Prep and Job Placement

Arguably, one of the biggest hurdles in becoming a medical assistant is sitting for the CMA exam. Most schools offer classes to help students prepare for the exam by emphasizing topics covered on the exam such as pharmacology, procedures, first aid, patient relations, and lab procedures. While these classes build confidence and skills,it is not impossible to pass the exam without test prep.

However, the availability of these classes are certainly an attraction that a prospective student should look for when selecting a school, especially considering the fact that the exam costs between $150 or $250 depending upon whether the individual is a recent graduate or a member of AAMA. When visiting or calling about schools, it is a very good practice to ask an admissions director about the school’s passing rate for the CMA exam. Additionally, you may want to ask how these scores compare with the national average and how many students receive full-time work upon graduation.

Other attractive features offered by some schools are internships or job placement programs upon graduation. Obviously, the likelihood of finding employment after completion is increased by schools who offer these options to students. An academic counselor would be able to answer any questions regarding placements and internships.

Other factors to consider:

Lastly, when comparing schools, it is important to look at class size, hands-on learning opportunities, and tutoring services. Smaller classes allow you to have individualized instruction. In this environment, instructors are able to give special attention to your needs and concerns in an effort to support to you every step of the way. Similarly, tutoring services provide you additional assistance when you are experiencing difficulties. Ultimately, you want a school that is going to best serve your needs as you prepare for the workforce.