Accredited Medical Assistant Schools in Texas

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Top 5 Accredited Medical Assistant Schools in Texas

Medical assistants are invaluable to modern healthcare. With rising costs and shrinking benefits, hospitals and clinics must have specialists who can quickly attend to and dismiss patients. Medical assistants thus enjoy steady work and job security, but only if they have the right training. The following medical assistant schools in Texas are sure to prepare you for a successful career in this field:  

Lone Star College

Lone Star College (LSC) offers medical assistant training at two locations: LSC- CyFair and LSC- North Harris. The programs teach students how to pass the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Certified Medical Assistant exam. Those who pass the exam make an average salary of $29,000 a year in Texas. By comparison, LSC students usually pay only $7,523 for their education. The 2011 CyFair class had a first time pass rate of 100% for the certification exam; the national average first time pass rate is only 67%.  

Kaplan College

Kaplan University has 12 campuses in Texas as well as online courses you can take from anywhere, making it one of the most flexible medical assistant schools in Texas. Its program offers training in a wide range of administrative and clinical skills, including medical equipment preparation, administering EKGs, word processing, filing insurance claims, and assisting in exams, tests, and minor surgeries. Tuition for the online medical assistant program is $17,060. This program prepares students to become either Certified Medical Assistants, who make an average salary of $29,000 a year in Texas, or registered medical assistants, who make $27,000.  

Houston Community College

This school’s medical assistant program has a job placement rate of 82%, and you can complete the program in as little as 44 weeks, though most students take longer than this. Like Kaplan College, these programs will prepare you to become either a Certified Medical Assistant or a Registered Medical Assistant, but at a significantly lower cost. Tuition and fees cost roughly $2,571, while books and other supplies cost $1,355. The median student graduates only $514 in debt.  

Pima Medical Institute

Pima’s Houston branch offers an accredited medical assistant program designed to prepare you for certification in only 8 to 9 months. This program focuses on clinical skills, including how to provide dietary advice, prepare medications, draw blood, give shots, and perform a wide range of other tasks necessary for running a clinic smoothly. The total cost of medical assistance training was $28,379 in 2013, making it one of the more expensive medical assistant schools in Texas. Pima makes up for its high price, however, by offering quality networking, career advice, and other services to help you find a job after graduation.  

The Southern Careers Institute

With an 80% job placement rate, the Southern Careers Institute (SCI) has some of the best student outcomes among medical assistant schools in Texas. The school’s 40-hour medical assistance program provides comprehensive training, teaching students word processing skills, customer service methods, clinical and medical science, and a variety of other essential skills. Graduates are prepared for 7 national licenses, including CPR certification (with an average salary of $32,000), phlebotomy technician certification ($34,000), and electronic health records certification ($78,000). The total cost of tuition and fees is $18,950.   As promising as some of these numbers may look, never choose a school based solely on employment statistics. A school that appears effective on paper may prove inadequate given your personal learning style and time commitments, so make sure to get a sense of the program’s instructors, location, scheduling, and assignments before you apply. For more information on medical assistant programs and other vocational courses, contact the Southern Careers Institute today.

What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”

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Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”

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Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”

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Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”

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Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”

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Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”

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Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”

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Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”

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Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”

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Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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