7 Important Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Medical Assistant School

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You've decided to pursue a career as a medical assistant. That's great news! Now, how do you decide among the medical assistant schools that can help with your training? There are a number of medical assistant schools in MI, but not all are right for every student. Dorsey Schools wants you to have the information you need, before choosing the school that will help you in your new chosen career.

Choosing the Right Medical Assistant School


When doing your homework on medical assistant schools in MI, you will want to learn more about the areas of your training that will be most important to you. There are seven important questions you should consider asking before you choose a medical assistant school.

Is the school accredited?

When learning how to become a medical assistant, you will need to know that you are attending a school that has earned accreditation. Basically, this reassures you that the school has passed certain standards and maintains a quality level of academic requirements. Dorsey Schools is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE). This applies to the Madison Heights campus (which serves as the main campus) and the Dearborn, Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Wayne, Waterford-Pontiac campuses (which are branch campus locations of Madison Heights). To read more about our accreditation, you may click here.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition, books, supplies, and more can add up for a medical assistant student. Research schools to compare tuitions and financial aid plans. At Dorsey Schools, we provide books, a set of scrubs, a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, and a tablet in our tuition.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Does the program involve hands-on training?

One of the best ways to learn is to do! A medical assistant school should have a solid academic program as well as offer valuable hands-on training. Dorsey Schools, a respected post-secondary institution having trained and taught quality graduates in Michigan for over 80 years, provides our students with that hands-on experience in labs and through externships.

Are externships part of the program?

Externships allow students to practice and apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their training in a real-world occupational setting.

A quality medical assistant training program should offer externships in addition to academic instruction and in-school lab practice.

How long is the medical assistant training?

You may be surprised to learn that some medical assistant programs run much longer than others. Do your homework to determine which program fits your schedule best. At Dorsey Schools, our Medical Assistant program is designed to be completed in just one year.

Does the medical assistant school offer career services assistance?

Once you have completed your medical assistant training, you may need assistance in finding an appropriate job for your newfound set of skills and knowledge. As the longest standing career training school in the state of Michigan, Dorsey Schools has built many long-standing relationships with impressive employers in a variety of fields. Employment assistance is available to all program completers, however, job placement is not guaranteed by Dorsey Schools.

What kind of jobs do medical assistants get?

After researching all of the information about medical assistant schools, you may be wondering what type of job you could secure once you have completed your studies. The good news is that, according to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29% from 2016 to 20261, which is much faster than average for all other occupations.1

Students who complete medical assistant training may find jobs in a doctor’s office or clinic, as well as in a number of other types of medical facilities.

At Dorsey Schools, we want to help you determine if a medical assistant program is right for you - and to train you for your new medical assistant job. Contact us today to get started!



  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Reviewed and edited 4/9/19