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Medical Assistant Schools: Full-time Healthcare Diploma or Part-time Courses?

12 DEC 2012
Career Path : Healthcare

If you’re looking to get a healthcare diploma as a medical assistant, deciding to take on a fulltime program or only a few healthcare courses a semester can be an even bigger challenge than the effort you went to looking over your choices in medical assistant schools. You’ll have to weigh not only your planned payment schedule, but all the other things you need to juggle in picking the right fit for your life.



Full-time programs have the advantage of quick results. After a solid, focused commitment, you’re ready to go to work and start in your field. If you’re paying for your healthcare diploma through student loans, even though you may need to borrow more to cover living expenses, you may end up saving in the long run as even a part-time commitment to your courses can interfere with concurrent full-time employment. You may also discover a mandatory course is only available in inconvenient time slots, again creating a conflict with even the most generous employer’s patience. Furthermore, as many of the career colleges that offer medical assistant classes require a practical work experience internship for full time employment, and as you’ll be changing jobs anyway, it may make no sense to try to keep up a simultaneous, unrelated career with your studies.



Especially in the case of continuing education, not everyone has the luxury of putting their life and commitments on hold to completely absorb their attention in their studies. Parents, in particular, may only have partial childcare availability through daycare or family members, or simply not wish to lose that much time with their children. Studying healthcare courses part-time can also completely eliminate the need for student debt, by allowing you the ability to schedule work around your classes, covering both tuition and living expenses. This may be a necessity if you have poor credit and have already exhausted government loans, or if you simply don’t want that sort of payment method. On the other hand, if you are disabled, you may be able to get full-time student status for your loans with only a part-time educational commitment.

Of course, considering either is determined by your program. If all the medical assistant schools in your area only offer full time studies, this is a very different picture than if you can find healthcare courses that fit into the schedule that works for you. And if you’re not sure, it’s always worth discussing your school-life balance with the guidance office of your institution. Sometimes, in special cases such as medical problems, they may even be able to bend the rules in your particular case and student input and feedback goes into how schools determine their course availability and scheduling. And, lastly, if none of these solutions work for you, you may be able to alternate periods of full time study with taking a year off to work and raise more money.


Contact Academy of Learning College for more information on obtaining a healthcare diploma.