A medical assisting trade school program can cost between $1,200-$4,200 and take 3 months to one-year to complete. That cost is average and depends on which U.S. state and particular program you choose, and whether you’re taking local classes or an online course.

The same program at a local college may cost $2,500-$10,000. The actual cost depends on whether or not you are a resident of that state. In state, an associate’s degree through a community college can run between $600-$5,400 per year. Compared to $2,700-$5,400 a year for out of state students.

Additional Certificate or Degree Program Costs

There are few additional costs involved with medical assisting programs aside from school supplies and classroom materials. However, one extra cost is the certification exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and that costs either $125 or $250 depending on if you are a recent graduate or and/or a member of the AAMA.

The CMA (AAMA) exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions administered in four 40-minute segments. It is an intense exam that requires a thorough, broad and current understanding of healthcare delivery gained at an accredited online school.

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