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4 Best Medical Assistant Programs in Virginia for 2019

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1) ECPI University, The School of Health Science & Medical Careers Institute Ranking Score: 94.55

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Diploma (Newport News & Virginia Beach) & Associate (Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond- South, Richmond West, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach)

ECPI University provides extensive medical assisting training in VN with two programs –

Certificate: The program includes a core coursework of 28 credits, 12 credits of arts & science courses, and 6 credits of self-integration & computer literacy courses. This 12-month program is offered at ECPI campuses located in Newport News & Virginia Beach.

Associate: The program has a core curriculum of 34 credits, 21 credits of arts & science studies, and 6 credits of computer literacy. This degree is offered at Newport News, Northern Virginia, Richmond- South, Richmond West, Roanoke, and Virginia Beach campuses and can be completed in 15 months.



2) Stratford University Ranking Score: 91.75

Locations: Alexandria, Falls Church, Glen Allen, Newport News, Virginia Beach, & Woodbridge

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Degree

Stratford University provides a 24-month medical assisting degree program at multiple campuses in Virginia. The program is available on-campus as well as in the online format and the curriculum can be completed by attending just 20 classes with each class taking around 5-10 weeks’ time. To obtain this degree, you need to complete core coursework which includes anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, electrocardiography, med terminology, clinical and clerical procedures, and an MA externship. You also need to complete courses in arts and science, elective and a specialization (optional).



3) American National University Ranking Score: 89.22

Locations: Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, & Roanoke Valley

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma & Associate

With an average class size of 15 students, you can receive personal attention while pursuing medical assisting courses at American National University (ANU). Currently two courses are offered here –

Certificate: This is a 10-month short course which requires completion of 48 credits of coursework divided into four terms. Credits earned in this course are transferable to the associate degree program.

Associate: This is a 20-month course (including 10 months of certificate course) and requires completion of 96 credits (48 credits of certificate included).

*Both courses are available with flexible day and evening classes, and convenient videoconferencing and hybrid format.



4) Bryant & Stratton College Ranking Score: 87.45

Locations: Hampton, Richmond, & Virginia Beach

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Diploma (Medical Office Assistant) & Associate

At Bryant & Stratton College you can opt for two med assisting programs –

Certificate: This is a short-term program which requires completion of 24 credits of core coursework and a total of 36 credits. An online format for this program is also available. Credits earned through online or on-campus will have the same outcome.

Associate: This is a long-term program that requires completion of 38 credits of core coursework and only on-campus studies are available.

*Both programs will prepare you for entry-level positions in the healthcare field.