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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.

Programs:

  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • And more...
  • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
  • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
  • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
  • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities.
  • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content.
  • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
  • And more...
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.

Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Self-Designed
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • And more...
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.

Programs:

  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • 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
  • Associate of Occupational Science Degree in Massage Therapy
  • And more...
Locations: Chesapeake

Turn your passion for food into a career at the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

Programs:

  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Food Service Management
  • And more...
Locations: Norfolk
Turn your talents into a career. Nationally recognized and accredited Platt College offers degree programs in Graphic Design, Multimedia, IT Networking and Paralegal.

Programs:

  • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Veterinary Technology - Associates
  • And more...

Miller-Motte Technical College (MMTC) has a history of helping students succeed through hands-on education and career training. Our faculty and staff work to ensure that when you've completed your program, you're truly ready to begin your career.

Programs:

  • Healthcare Technology - Associate of Occupational Science
  • Criminal Justice - Associate of Occupational Science
  • Massage Therapy - Diploma
  • And more...
Locations: Lynchburg
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University. Take classes online or on campus. Pursue your degree to help you start the career you want. Learn more now.

Programs:

  • Associate of Arts in Business - Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Ministry - Practical Theology
  • And more...
Start your rewarding career in trucking at CDS Tractor Training School. Choose to study full time or part time at our Woodford, VA campus.

Programs:

  • Class "B" Training and Bus Training
  • Class "A" Training
Locations: Woodford

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.