There are a number of important issues that you should take into consideration when deciding on medical assistant schools.
In general, there are four things you should hold in mind:
#1 – One or Two Years: Medical assistance is one of those programs where there is not yet a settled consensus on how long the program should be. In some schools, it is one year and in others it is two year, seemingly at random. It might seem obvious that a one-year program is better because it is cheaper, but remember that in a two-year program, you will learn more. This may give you more confidence in the certification exam, and it will also give you more useful knowledge when you get a job. The priorities are yours though: do you want to finish faster or learn more?
#2 – Cost: On top of the length, some programs are simply more expensive than others. Public schools are less expensive than private schools, but you might find that even public schools vary. If you are near a state line, you might even consider going to school in another state, if the other state is cheaper than yours. Don’t forget to include things like living expenses, availability of child care, and so forth.
#3 – Generality: Not everyone can afford a university education, but many community colleges and junior colleges offer a number of programs in things like literature and philosophy that you may never have the opportunity to take again. If you are receiving funding for your training, you might consider a program with more breadth, allowing you to take advantage of your opportunities.
If you hold the above in mind when choosing from medical assistant schools, you’ll be ready to make a more informed decision.
by Lindsay Schloss