This article will provide you with a list of accredited schools that offer medical assistant training courses in the state of Arizona.  We’ve also compiled very detailed descriptions of what each program offers its students, so that you can figure out what school to seek out admissions information from.

Medical Assistant Programs in Arizona

It’s important to know that this is a list of schools that we will continue to update. At any given time, a school might be added or removed, so please check back often.

9215 North Black Canyon Hwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Tel: 888-848-4219

The Anthem College, Bryman School, has undergone some changes since May, 2014, namely their address. Previously located on West Peoria Avenue, their school can now be found on the North Black Canyon Highway.

The second change, which arguably more important, is that the Medical Assistant Associate of Science program has now been replaced with the Medical Assistant Diploma program.Arizona classes for medical assistants

As presently constituted, the diploma program is designed to take 11 months for students to complete.

Below, watch a testimonial posted to the Bryman School YouTube channel:

4425 West Olive Avenue, Suite 300
Glendale, AZ 85302
Phone: (602) 222-9300
Fax: (602) 200-8726

Arizona College in Glendale offers students two paths towards becoming a medical assistant. The first ends with students graduating with a diploma. The second, should they decide to stay in school longer, would result in the student receiving an Associate of Occupational Science degree.

The length of each program is worth noting here, too. The diploma program lasts approximately 30 weeks, while the degree program is twice as long at 60. Both programs do require students participate in an off-campus externship opportunity, as well. This will likely be done at a nearby clinic or hospital.

What’s great about Arizona College, too, is that they offer lots of flexibility to the student. For those with hectic job or family lives, the college offers both morning and evening classes. New classes begin every 5 weeks, and the college even provides a peer-mentoring program to its medical assistant students.

Financial aid is available, as well.

And while certification is not required to gain employment as a medical assistant, the school recommends that you seek certification in an effort to boost your resume and stand head and shoulders above your peers. In fact, upon graduating Arizona College, you will be eligible to become either a Certified Medical Assistant (via the AAMA) or a Registered Medical Assistant (via the RMA).

163 N. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 265-3600

Just like the Glendale campus, the Mesa campus is nearly identical in what it offers its students.

What’s great about Arizona College is that they list everything you can expect to learn when it comes to everything from computer courses to medical administrative procedures and clinical lab sciences.

The computer courses can be common things like Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, while the administrative educational component of this program can involve learning computerized patient’s records, medical insurance and human resource management.

At the end of the course, like at the end of virtually any medical assistant course, you’ll need to complete a medical assisting externship.

1001 West Southern Avenue, Suite 130
Mesa, AZ 85210
Phone: (480) 212-1600
Fax: (480) 212-1601

Carrington College offers medical assisting classes at a variety of their Arizona campuses, one of which is located in the third largest city in the state: Mesa.

Through a combination of didactic instruction, lab work, and hands-on experience via a college externship, students will be well prepared to not only work under the supervision of a doctor or physician, but eligible to sit for the RMA or CMA certification exams. 

8503 N. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85051
Phone: (602) 393-5900
Fax: (602) 393-5901

The longest standing campus of Carrington College, the Phoenix campus still prepares its medical assistants admirably. At the Phoenix campus, you’ll participate in a mix of classroom instruction, clinical work and an invaluable externship experience.

You’ll also be eligible to become credentialed after you graduated, which means you can become a Registered Medical Assistant via the AMT, or a Certified Medical Assistant via the AAMA. 

201 N. Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 888-5885
Fax: (520) 887-3005

The Tucson campus provides students with lectures in the classroom, clinical experience, and then real world, hands-on experience via a priceless externship. Upon graduation, students cannot only seek jobs in clinics or family practices, but also nursing homes and hospitals.

And, just like the Mesa and Phoenix campuses, graduating this program with a Certificate in Medical Assisting means you’ll be able to sit for the certification exam to become either a Certified Medical Assistant through the AAMA or a Registered Medical Assistant via the AMT.

Central Arizona College offers students the option to pursue a Medical Assistant Certificate or a Medical Assistant A.A.S. Degree. The certificate requires 37 semester hours, while the degree requires 66 hours.

14300 N. Northsight Boulevard, Suite 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Phone: (888) 427-1000
Fax: (480) 947-6644

Penn Foster College offers its students an Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting and is ABHES accredited.   Because of this, you’ll be able to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant examinations.

What’s unique about Penn Foster College’s medical assistant programs, and really all their programs, is that they appear to be far less expensive than many brick and mortar colleges. That’s because Penn Foster is an online college.

Do note that not every single aspect of the program’s course can be completed by sitting in front of the computer. For example, at the end of the course, you will need to complete an externship. This will require you to intern at a health-care clinic or family practice. You will need to complete 200 hours at your externship, and the cost of the actual externship itself will be up to you to pay for.

It’s worth mentioning, too, that Penn Foster College does not accept financial aid.

2160 S. Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85209

All three accredited Pima Medical Institute programs and campuses listed on this page offer essentially the same thing: the opportunity for a medical assistant to earn a Medical Assistant Certificate.

While their website doesn’t list information such as school cost or specific details about financial aid, they do go into detail about what the program itself will offer students in and out of the classroom.

Students will be asked to participate in courses like the Clinical Aspects of Billing and Coding, Medical Law and Ethics, and Business Writing and EHR. Here, EHR stands for Electronic Health Record, and it’s something we’ve covered quite a bit here on this site. It’s important to know that in 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ruled that only medical assistants that are “credentialed” can enter information like radiology orders and medication into the CPOE or computerized provider order entry system.

At the end of the program, you will then take part in an externship course.

957 South Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
Phone: (480) 644-0267
Fax: (480) 644-8171

Please see the details provided above for the East Valley program, as they are nearly identical to the Mesa program, as well.

3350 East Grant Road, Suite 200
Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 326-1600
Fax: (520) 326-3945

Please see the specifics detailed above, as they are nearly identical to the Tucson campus’ program.

Medical Assisting Program
5901 South Calle Santa Cruz
Tucson , AZ – 85709

Pima Community College allows students to pursue a Medical Assistant Certificate. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists’ exam. If successfully completed, you will become a Registered Medical Assistant, which is often referred to as a RMA.

How long does the medical assistant program at Pima Community College last? The program lasts 31 weeks. With that said, it’s possible the program will take longer than 31 weeks.

How much does it cost? There are two sets of costs here. The first is the cost for tuition and other fees, which totals approximately $2,240. The second cost is for books and supplies, which will cost students $1,600.

Can I live on campus at PCC? No, room and board is not offered.

Can I receive financial aid for the program? Yes, financial aid is available. Students can receive aid via grants, loans, scholarships and institutional financing plans.

Need more help with finding a solid medical assistant program? Please make sure to revisit our website often for more up-to-date information!

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.