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How will your medical assistant education stack up?

If you want to study medical assisting at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. The US has 1,579 brick and mortar medical assistant schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have medical assistant programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In the US, 121,743 students graduated from medical assistant programs in 2010. Of these students, 101,514 received certifications in medical assisting, 15,707 received an undergraduate degree in medical assisting, and 4,522 received a graduate-level degree in medical assisting.


Students can pursue education in medical assisting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Master's Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Doctoral Degree in Medical Assisting
  • Certificate in Medical Assisting

Medical assistant students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their medical assisting certificate:

  • Clerical
  • Organization
  • Patient Care
  • Observation
  • Insurance Billing and Coding


In 2010, medical assistant schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $21,279 per year. The following medical assistant schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183
  3. Duke University - located in Durham, North Carolina, students paid $38,741

The following medical assistant schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. The University of Texas-Pan American - located in Edinburg, Texas, students paid $4,561
  2. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910

How will your medical assistant job compare?

Medical assistant is the profession of choice for a large number of medical assistant graduates. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 523,260 medical assistants. The following states have the largest number of medical assistants:

  1. California - 83,000 Medical Assistants
  2. Texas - 48,030 Medical Assistants
  3. Florida - 36,660 Medical Assistants

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for medical assistants over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 53%
  2. Georgia - 46%
  3. North Carolina - 37%


On average, a medical assistant earns a salary of $28,315 per year in the US. However, the salary for a medical assistant can greatly vary based on factors such as work conditions, location or location. Salaries for medical assistants range from less than $15,840 per year to more than $101,680 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a medical assistant are:

  1. Alaska - $37,750 per year
  2. Washington DC - $36,790 per year
  3. Massachusetts - $35,010 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for medical assistants are:

  1. West Virginia - $22,960 per year
  2. Alabama - $24,540 per year
  3. South Dakota - $25,130 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
medical assisting?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Medical Assistants 523,260 $29,760 36.7%
Medical Secretaries 494,650 $31,820 29.8%