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How to Choose the Right Medical Assistant Training Program

Are you looking to start a career as a Medical Assistant, but don’t know where to start? There are many choices in terms of programs and training, but wading through the options and finding one that fits with your current life and job commitments can be daunting. At CHCP, we not only offer exceptional training to help you earn your Medical Assistant Certification, but also provide support and flexible program options to fit your life.

What are the requirements for becoming a Medical Assistant?

While you can become a medical assistant with only a high school diploma and on-the-job training, employers look for staff that have formal education. Without a certificate through an accredited medical assistant training program, it could prove to be difficult to find a medical practice or institution that is willing to hire an applicant without formal training. Choosing to earn a certificate could provide several competitive benefits when it comes to starting your MA career:

  • Fluency in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology
  • Clinical skills such as how to administer medication and how to perform minor clinical procedures like EKGs
  • Knowledge of medical psychology and human relations
  • Management skills and knowledge of standard medical office procedures
  • Practice with managing medical records
  • Hands-on practice in a clinical setting

Medical Assistant Program Options

The College of Health Care Professions offers accredited programs with three delivery methods that will help you begin your journey to becoming a medical assistant: On Campus, Blended, and Online.

The On Campus Delivery offers a variety of classroom lectures and hands-on experiences to prepare you for the medical field, while the Blended Delivery allows students to take a portion of their lecture classes online while completing other course requirements on campus.

The Online Program offers almost exclusively online leaning but also requires students to visit campus for hands-on skills training and to exhibit proficiencies in various skills. This option provides a great deal of flexibility for those who work full-time or have other commitments. Each program can help you achieve your dream of becoming a medical assistant, so just choose the schedule that works best for you!

 

On Campus Program

Blended Delivery

Online Program

Length of Program

Day: 35 Weeks

Evening: 54 Weeks

Day & Evening: 36 Weeks

16 Months

Program Style

Traditional classroom instruction

Part Traditional classroom combined with online learning components.

Online learning program with hands-on lab training

Benefits

Designed for students who prefer a full-time program with campus based courses.

Designed to blend the convenience of online learning with the benefits of traditional classroom instruction.

Designed for students who prefer distance learning platform.

Total Lecture Hours

480

527

636

Total Lab Hours

240

193

150

Total Extern Hours

An externship involves working in a healthcare facility while enrolled as a student to apply skills & get hands-on experience

180

180

180

Locations

Houston Northwest and Houston Southwest

Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, McAllen, Northwest San Antonio, South San Antonio

Online
(Texas Only)

Why You Should Choose CHCP for your Medical Assistant Certificate Program

More than 160,000 new medical assistant jobs are expected to become available in the U.S. between 2012 and 2020 (29% growth), according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Medical Assistants are needed in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical clinics, medical labs, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, and medical research centers. Upon Graduation, you will be prepared to take the Nationally Registered Certified Medical Assistant Exam thorough the National Association Health Professionals which is included in your tuition costs.

According to the BLS, graduates from CHCP’s certificate training program can find employment as:

  • Back Office Assistant Managers
  • Hospital Donor Unit Assistants
  • Back Office Laboratory Assistants
  • Clinical Lab Aides
  • Front Office Assistant Managers
  • Blood Bank Donor Unit Assistants
  • And More!

Having a Medical Assistant Certificate from CHCP can help open all of these doors and more in pursuit of the career you’ve been searching for.  

How much does it cost to become a medical assistant?

Medical assisting offers a stable career, but taking the first step and signing up for a program can be stressful when finances come into play. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. CHCP’s financial aid department is here to guide students working towards the healthcare career of their dreams. Our campus Financial Aid Advisors will guide you through the financial aid process. This includes guidance with applying for the FASFA for federal aid, reviewing our Scholarships and Grant Opportunities, as well as payment options ,helping you to develop a finance plan that works for you.

 

At CHCP, our medical assistant school prepares you for success in the stable, rewarding career of a medical assistant. Our knowledgeable instructors, hands-on labs, and career support ensures you get well-rounded training while continuing your current responsibilities. Our Medical Assistant Programs are offered at all campuses and online. Follow the link to your desired program and start your career as a Medical Assistant today! On Campus & Blended | Online