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10 Best Medical Assistant Programs in Pennsylvania for 2019

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1) Montgomery County Community College Ranking Score: 95.46

Locations: Pottstown and Blue Bell

Accreditation: American Medical Technologist (AMT) and National Healthcare Association (NHA)

Program Type: Certificate

Within 12 months, you can become a medical assistant by successfully completing the 31-credit program offered by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). Curriculum comprises of human anatomy, physiology, medical terms, lab procedures, office administration, clinical assisting procedures, and a clinical practicum where students can experience real-life working experience. Upon graduation, you can look for entry-level job positions in allied healthcare field.

*Credits earned in this certificate program are transferable to higher studies



2) Harrisburg Area Community College Ranking Score: 93.45

Locations: Harrisburg & Gettysburg

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate

The 37-credit MA program offered at Harrisburg Area Community College can be completed in 18 months. Coursework is divided into two semesters and a summer session. The programs will prepare you to effectively perform clinical and clerical duties in a physician’s office or medical clinic. After completion of this program, you will also qualify to sit for the national certification exam.

*30 credits from this program are transferrable towards the associate degree.



3) Delaware County Community College Ranking Score: 92.13

Locations: Media

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

A 43-credit certificate program or a 62-credit associate degree program in medical assisting offered at Delaware County Community College can prepare you for entry-level positions in healthcare settings and qualify you to take the national certification exam and earn the credential of a certified medical assistant.

Coursework of the certificate program is divided into 4 semesters and that of associate degree program into 5 semesters. Both programs include an med assisting externship where you get to hone your skills before entering the actual workplace.



4) YTI Career Institute Ranking Score: 91.00

Locations: Altoona, Lancaster & York

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Associate

YTI Career Institute provides state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities to train aspiring medical assisting students for a career in patient care settings. This 97-credit associate degree program can be completed in 21 months. Apart from the core MA coursework and general education courses, curriculum also includes a 12-week externship in a clinical setting where you can practice your clinical, clerical and lab testing skills gained during the program. Upon graduation, you will be fully prepared to join the healthcare workforce.



5) Bradford School Ranking Score: 89.14

Locations: Pittsburgh

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

A curriculum designed with clinical and administrative training courses, an 8-week practicum in a real-world setting, classroom lectures and hands-on lab training, are some of the excellent features offered to the students of Bradford School pursuing either a 10-month diploma or a 16-month associate degree program in medical assisting. Upon graduation from either program, you can look for entry-level jobs in a physician’s clinic or other patient care settings and you will also be eligible to take the CMA exam.

*Apart from the entire coursework of the diploma program, curriculum of the associate degree program also includes courses in general education.



6) Central Penn College Ranking Score: 88.17

Locations: Summerdale

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Associate

Classes of the MA course offered at Central Penn College begin every fall. The 61-credit hour coursework is classified into five terms with typically three classes in each term. This course is a combination of classroom studies (day and/or evening), online courses, and lab training. Upon successful completion of core MA coursework, you will undergo a 3-credit MA internship where you get to apply your skills and knowledge and receive a real-life working experience. You will also be eligible to take the national certification exam which can boost your employment opportunities.



7) Berks Technical Institute Ranking Score: 85.13

Locations: Wyomissing

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Associate

Berks Technical Institute offers medical assisting training in PA, with its 70-week program focused on preparing you for a rewarding career in the healthcare setting at its campus located in Wyomissing. The coursework includes, but is not limited to, allied health orientation, anatomy and gastrointestinal systems, medical seminar and an externship. Upon graduation you can also take the national certification exams and brighten you career prospects. The institute also provides financial aid for those who qualify, and career assisting services to help with job placements.



8) South Hills School of Business & Technology Ranking Score: 83.44

Locations: Altoona, Lewistown & State College

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Associate

South Hills School of Business & Technology offers a two-year MA program at its campuses in Altoona, Lewistown and State College in Pennsylvania. This is a 126-credit hour program, requiring 1,863-clock hour time divided into six terms. The course-list comprises of, but is not limited to, administrative & clinical procedures, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, general education courses, and a 330-clock hour internship. Graduates will be fully prepared to join the workforce in a patient care or ambulatory settings.



9) Institute of Medical and Business Careers Ranking Score: 81.99

Locations:Erie & Pittsburgh

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

With an average class size of 25 or less, Institute of Medical and Business Careers (IMBC) provides student-focused education to aspiring medical assistants. IMBC offers an MA diploma program which can be completed in approximately one year and an A.S.T degree program which takes around 1.5 years’ time. Both programs include core MA studies, program related electives, general education subjects, and career preparation courses such as professional development and an internship. Graduates can kick-start their career in ambulatory settings or physician’s offices.



10) Butler County Community College Ranking Score: 80.00

Locations:Butler

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

You can become a professional medical assistant by completing a 38-credit MA certificate program divided into two semesters and a summer session which also includes an externship where you can practice your skills in a real-world like environment. After completion of the certificate program, you can apply for entry-level positions in healthcare settings or further your studies and earn an MA associate degree by completing additional coursework of 29-30 credits which would take another years’ time.