It’s no secret that North Carolina is a favored state for retirement. With an aging Baby Boomer generation choosing the lovely cities, rich history, and milder weather of North Carolina, there’s a great demand already for Medical Assistants in this state.
Here are the top medical assistant schools in North Carolina, listed by city.
Medical Assistant Schools in Charlotte
King’s College boasts some pretty impressive stats for its school- like 85% of graduates are working in a field related to their study and an incredible 97% on-time completion rate (compare that to 18% for all 2-year schools)
King’s College is an accredited 2-year college offering housing to its students, which is convenient since they’re located right downtown in Charlotte, near Independence Park.
Students may choose between an Associate Degree and a Diploma. Both require completion of an eight-week externship and both qualify graduates to sit for the AAMA certification test.
South Piedmont Community College
Although not situated right in the center of Charlotte, SPCC has a few campus locations which lie within the twenty-mile radius of the center of the city. Simply take Interstate 74 out about 20 miles south and you’ll find yourself on the lovely grounds of South Piedmont Community College.
A Diploma in Medical Assisting is offered, qualifying graduates to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants’ certification. Students can choose between the “Medical Assisting” program or the “Medical Laboratory Assistant” certificate. The latter requires 45 credit hours, 14 of which are general education requirements such as Basic Anatomy & Physiology and Introduction to Intercultural Communication. This latter course is unusual and incredibly relevant to the Medical Assisting profession and distinguishes the SPPP program.
There’s a 5-credit Clinical Externship during the last (summer) semester of the program which, by the way, is a one-semester program (not counting the externship or general education requirements).
There’s also a Medical Assisting Degree, which is 69 credit hours. There is also a 5-credit-hour externship.
Divine Health Academy
The Clinical Medical Assistant program at Divine Health Academy offers an affordable program which also covers Phlebotomy and EKG courses, allowing graduates to sit for those two certification exams as well as the CMA exam.
It’s a 9-month program that may be completed with day classes, evening classes, weekend classes, or a combination of all three types of classes. This, combined with the affordability of the program (around $2400) make this an excellent choice for working parents or anyone else with very little spare time or extra money.
Medical Assistant Schools in Raleigh
Wake Tech Community College
Choose between a one-year diploma in Medical Assisting or a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting. There are no night classes, although it is convenient that they are located next to WakeMed.
The program is accredited and graduates may sit for certification.
Care One Health Training Institute
Care One gets points for variety of courses and programs offered at their Raleigh campus (they’re also available in Fayetteville, NC). There’s now a Dialysis Program, among others…which can only serve to strengthen the vitality of the Medical Assistant Program with an active, progressive campus environment.
The Care One MA program lasts 28 or 36 weeks and costs a total of $3,300. This is a very affordable program.
The Medical Arts School
The Medical Arts School in Raleigh splits the discipline into two different programs: Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. It’s the former (MA) that we’re covering here.
Like all the better Medical Assisting programs these days, the one at the Medical Arts School offers a phlebotomy course, which means graduates will be qualified to take the Phlebotomy Technician certification exam. They will also qualify to sit for the EKG Technician exam.
Medical Assistant Schools in Greensboro
Guilford Technical Community College
Located eleven miles outside Greensboro in Jamestown, NC, Guilford Technical Community College offers a program of study in Medical Assisting Technology. It’s an Associate of Science degree that sees through 35 students at a time. That means classes are small in this small program.
The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in Clearwater, FL. This is the main authority for accreditation for Medial Assistant programs in the United States.
Priority Nursing College
Priority Nursing College offers a 9-month Medical Assistant program. It combines Phlebotomy and EKG training with medical assistant courses so graduates can sit for three certification exams.
Students progress from introductory courses and end with a full range of career development services, including job placement assistance. Students learn interview techniques as well.
Priority Nursing College is licensed by the North Carolina Community College system.
Medical Assistant Schools in Durham
Durham Tech has a Medical Assisting program that’s accredited by the CAAHEP in Clearwater, FL. Graduates may sit for CMA certification. It’s worth noting that all of the 2014 graduates of Durham Tech’s MA program passed their certification exams.
Durham Tech gives highly motivated students the option of pursuing a Medical Assisting Associate Degree (70 credits). Otherwise, they may pursue the MA Diploma (45 credits). Both courses of study include fascinating courses like “Life Span Development” and “Medical Law & Ethics”. Both also include a Mecial Clinical Practicum, which is 15 clinical hours an 5 credit hours. Even the diploma graduates are well-prepared for the real world, with courses in “Writing & Inquiry” and “Introduction to Computers”.
Medical Assistant Schools in Winston-Salem
Forsyth Tech’s small number of students in the Medical Assisting program (25) ensures an impressive instructor-to-student ratio and lots of personal attention from professionals in their field.
The program is a 5-semester long Associate of Applied Science degree offered during the day and beginning every Fall and Spring semester. Students will study both the clinical and administrative sides of Medical Assisting, as well as some general education courses. Forsyth Tech is accredited and graduates can sit for the CMA exam of they choose to do so.
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