In this article, we are going to show you all of the accredited medical assistant schools in Alabama that are available for you to get admissions information about. The programs listed below are accredited by either the CAHEEP or the ABHES.
Medical Assisting Programs in Alabama
This is a list that will continue to be updated. Do note that attending an accredited program isn’t required to get a job, but if you want to become a certified or registered medical assistant in the future, you must attend an accredited program.
- Fortis College – Dothan
200 Vulcan Way
Dothan, AL 36303
Phone: (334) 677-2832
Fax: (334) 677-1624
Fortis College offers training to become a medical assistant at a handful of their many campuses across Alabama. But all of them are not exactly the same.
For example, at the Dothan and Foley campuses, students can earn a Medical Assistant diploma.
At the Mobile and Montgomery campuses, however, students are able to pursue either a diploma of a degree (Associate of Applied Science).
How long does the medical assistant program at Fortis College in Dothan last?
The program is designed to last 40 weeks. But that doesn’t mean most students graduate in 40 weeks.
How much money does the program cost? The program has a couple costs associated with it. The first is tuition and related fees, which costs students $16,176. The second pertains to the cost of books and other supplies, which is $762.
On-campus room and board is not offered to medical assistant students who attend the Dothan campus.
Can I get financial aid? Yes, financial aid is offered through scholarships, loans, and grants. But with financial aid comes potential debt. Fortis College lists the fact that median amount of debt incurred by students who have graduated the program is $9,862. That figure pertains to federal loans specifically.
- Fortis College – Foley
200 E. Laurel Avenue
Foley, AL 36535
Phone: (251) 970-1460
Fax: (251) 970-1660
The Foley campus at Fortis college offers students a Medical Assistant diploma.
How long will the program last? The program is designed to last 40 weeks.
How much does the Foley medical assistant program cost?
For tuition and relate fees, the cost is $16,250. But that doesn’t include the cost of books and other supplies, which is $688.
Can I get financial aid, and will I incur debt? Yes, you can get financial aid via options such as grants, loans, scholarships, and more. But debt is a real thing, and according to Fortis, those who graduated the program suffered a median amount of debt of $9,862 (federal loans).
- Fortis College – Mobile (Pleasant Valley Road)
3590 Pleasant Valley Road
Mobile, AL 36609
Phone: (251) 344-1203
Fax: (251) 344-1299
The medical assistant program in Mobile offers students a diploma upon graduation.
How much does school cost? Fortis College’s medical assistant program in Mobile costs $15,718 for tuition and $760 for books and supplies.
No room and board is offered.
How long does school last? The medical assistant diploma program is designed to last 40 weeks.
Can I get financial aid at Fortis College in Mobile? Yes, students are able to apply for scholarships, loans, grants and institutional financing plans. But debt is a real possibility, as well. In fact, according to Fortis, the median amount of debt incurred by students who received federal loans is $8,416.
- Fortis College – Montgomery (Atlanta Highway)
3736 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 31609
Phone: (334) 272-3857
Fax: (334) 272-3859
Fortis College in Montgomery offers students a diploma for graduating the medical assistant program.
How much does school cost? Tuition is relatively pricey at the Montgomery campus, and does not cover book or supplies. The cost of tuition and other fees is $16,167. The cost of books and other supplies is $814. Room and board is not offered to students.
How long will it take to graduate? The program at this particular campus is designed to last 40 weeks. With that said, it’s important to understand that the word “designed” is the operative word.
Is financial aid available, and will I incur debt? Yes, financial aid is absolutely available. Students are able to acquire aid via loans, scholarships, grants and more. With that said, debt does come to students who pursue aid. According to Fortis, the average amount of debt incurred by students who graduated the program was $8,416. This number pertained to federal loan debt.
- Fortis Institute – Birmingham – Hoover
100 London Parkway #150
Birmingham, AL 35211
The Fortis Institute in Birmingham in Hoover offers students two pathways. The first is the diploma route, or you can opt to stay in school much longer and earn an Associate’s degree.
If you pursue the Undergraduate Certificate (diploma), the program is designed to be completed in 36 weeks. Those who want to pursue a degree can expect to be in school at least 72 weeks.
How much does school cost? Those who want a certificate can expect to pay $14,843 for tuition and fees, and $682 for books and supplies. Those pursuing a degree will see their tuition and fee cost rise to $27,332, while the cost for books and other supplies increase to $1,675.
Regardless of whether you pursue a diploma or a degree, no room and board is offered by the college.
Can I get financial aid? Yes, financial aid is possible through scholarships, grants, loans and institutional financing plans. But as we’ve talked about before, it doesn’t come debt free. In fact, the median amount of debt students who have graduated the program incur, pertaining to federal loans, is $9,455.
For those that pursued a degree, that number of course rises quite dramatically to $21,351.
- Council Trenholm State Technical College – Montgomery, AL
Medical Assisting Program
1225 Air Base Blvd
P O Box 9000
Montgomery , AL – 36108-3105
All graduates of the medical assisting program at H. Council Trenholm State Tech College will become eligible to sit for one of the two following examinations: American Association of Medical Assistants National Certification Examination and the Medical Technologist Examination. Passing the first examination means you have earned the title of Certified Medical Assistant. If you choose to pass the second examination, you will earn the title of Registered Medical Assistant.
The program also offers two short-term certificates. The first is a Phlebotomy Certificate (certified through the American Medical Technologists). The second is Medical Billing and Coding (officially called a Certified Coding Associate), which will come via the American Health Information Management Association.
There is a variety of school specific requirements you must meet to enter the Medical Assisting Technology Program at Trenholm State, but here are just a few:
- You not only must complete a COMPASS assessment, but score 65 on the reading portion of the assessment, 62 on the math portion, and 35 on the pre-algebra component. Prior to enrollment, you must also come in to essentially take a typing speed test. You must be able to type at least 30 words per minute.
- You must have current CPR certification prior to doing any kind of clinical work.
- You must pay for liability insurance prior to your educational experience at a clinical facility. The insurance can be purchased through the college
Now, let’s move onto the next accredited school.
- South University-Montgomery – Montgomery, AL
Medical Assisting Program
5355 Vaughn Road
Montgomery , AL – 36116-1120
South University doesn’t go into too much detail about their program (although they do allow you to fill out a form so that they can send you details by phone or mail), but they do briefly discuss what opportunities graduates of the program have once they enter the medical industry.
In fact, some entry-level careers you may have or choose to pursue are medical coding and billing, medical transcription, medical coding programming and office management.
- Wallace Community College – Dothan, AL
Medical Assisting Program
1141 Wallace Drive
Dothan , AL – 36303-0943
The Medical Assistant Program at Wallace offers four options for a student’s completion of classes: (Do note that the actual program completion time may vary).
- Four Semesters, Non-integrated program: A student who has completed all general education courses can complete the MAT program courses in 4 semesters by taking 3 semesters of full time study. The last semester the student will perform the clinical rotation and any other MAT classes needed.
- Two-year integrated program. A student may schedule general education classes while taking the major required courses. This alternative requires a minimum of 5 or 6 semesters to complete.
- Part time Program: The student may choose to complete the program by attending part time. Progression will depend upon the number of classes taken each semester
Now, let’s take a look at Wallace’s Hanceville campus.
- Wallace State Community College – Hanceville, AL
Medical Assisting Program
801 Main Street
PO Box 2000
Hanceville , AL – 35077-2000
Whether located at Hanceville or Dothan, Wallace’s medical assistant program is the same. With that said, there are a few notable things worth mentioning here for anyone interested in attending Wallace State Community College.
A lot of prospective students have busy lifestyles, so it’s great that Wallace has created hybrid or online courses for medical assistant training. With that said, you can’t learn everything you need to know about becoming an MA online, especially pratical or hands-on related work and experience.
This means that laboratory hours of all MAT classes must be completed on campus. Lab section assignments will be made based on space availability and may be day, afternoon, or evening.
While lab section assignments are random, every effort will be made to avoid assignments that will conflict with other courses in which the student is enrolled. As a part of the program, students will be required to sit for a national credentialing examination.
As far as what you’ll learn while enrolled in Wallace’s medical assisting program, here’s what their major course curriculum looks like:
- Major Required Courses.
- MAT 101 Medical Terminology
- or HIT 110 Medical Terminology
- MAT 102 Medical Assisting Theory I
- MAT 103 Medical Assisting Theory II
- MAT 111 Clinical Procedures I for the Medical Assist
- MAT 120 Medical Administrative Procedures I
- MAT 121 Medical Administrative Procedures II
- MAT 125 Lab Procedures I for the Medical Assist
- MAT 128 Medical Law & Ethics for Med Assist
- MAT 200 Management of Office Emergencies
- MAT 211 Clinical Procedures II for the Med Assist
- MAT 215 Lab Procedures II for the Medical Assist
- MAT 216 Pharmacology for the Medical Office
- MAT 219 Radiology for the Medical Assistant
- MAT 220 Medical Office Insurance
- MAT 222 Medical Transcription I
- MAT 229 Medical Assisting Practicum
- HIT 120** Introduction to Keyboarding (HIT 120 may be waived if you score at least 35 WPM on an assessment like COMPASS).
That’s 48 hours of education and training, and coupled with the schools gen ed requirements, students should expect approximately 71 hours of school training.
- Virginia College – Montgomery – MA
6200 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36117
Phone: (334) 227-3390
Fax: (334) 551-1581
The Montgomery campus at Virginia College offers students a Medical Assistant Certificate/Diploma, which is 60 credit hours.
The program itself is designed to be 55 weeks long, although some students do stay in school for a longer period of time.
As for cost, tuition and fees will cost you $22,600. You are responsible for paying additional fees for books or supplies. Room and board is not available, however.
Financial aid is indeed available for students who feel they need it, as well.
- Virginia College – Huntsville – MA
2021 Drake Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: (256) 533-8444
Fax: (256) 533-7785
The Huntsville campus allows students to pursue a diploma or an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting. For the diploma, the program is designed to be 55 weeks, and the tuition is just over $22,000. Financial aid is available for those that need it.
For those pursuing the degree, the program is designed to be 88 weeks long.
The good news about the cost of the Huntsville medical assistant degree program is that you don’t have to pay extra for books and supplies. The bad news, however, is that tuition and other feeds will cost you $36,100.
Financial aid is available for those that are seeking a degree, as well.
- Virginia College – Birmingham – MA
488 Palisades Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 802-1200
Fax: (205) 271-8257
The Birmingham campus offers students the option of acquiring a medical assistant diploma or an Associate’s Degree. For those that want to pursue Medical Coding and Billing, you can also pursue a diploma (which is designed to be 55 weeks long).
The length and cost of both the diploma and degree paths are identical to the aforementioned Huntsville numbers above.
- Virginia College – Mobile – MA
3725 Airport Boulevard, Suite 165
Mobile, AL 36608
Phone: (251) 343-7227
Fax: (251) 343-7287
The Mobile campus also offers students the option of a diploma or a degree in Medical Assisting. You will also be asked to take part in a 180-hour externship at a health facility around the Mobile area. In fact, externships in the past have taken place at facilities like the Mobile Heart Specialists, Pfeiffer Medical Mall, and the Spring Hill Medical Center.
The cost of the programs, as well as the length, is identical to the Huntsville campus (please see above).
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Disclaimer: All information, statistics, data, guidelines, and requirements regarding each school or program listed above was originally found on the respective school or program’s official website in 2014 and can often be estimates. Any or all schools or programs can change their information, statistics, data, guidelines, or requirements at any time without warning. While we do our best to keep information on this page up-to-date, some or all information listed above may have changed or may no longer be accurate. Please do you own due diligence and research before inquiring about or applying to any school or program.