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Go Ask Michelle Q & A: Medical Assisting Training of Unitek vs. Boston Reed


I’m interested in the clinical medical courses you offer, an am curious on what it entails.Is the program accredited? How different is this 3 month program v.s. a 9 month program (for example at Unitech)? Does the program offer job-placing after completion?


Just looking at Unitek’s program, here are the immediate differences I see:

Unitek’s Medical Assisting teaches both administrative and clinical procedures, NHAS via Boston Reed’s Clinical Medical Assisting only covers clinical procedures.

Unitek’s program most likely is primarily in-class instruction, whereas NHAS via Boston Reed’s program is blended learning with approximately 40% of instruction being delivered online, and 60% in-class. Both are accredited programs.

Unitek appears to have an employment assistance program, but I would suggest you asked them some really tough questions about what all it includes and what the counselors do to help you find employment. Boston Reed helps place students who pass the class at 80% or higher into internships.  I’m not sure what other assistance is available after that, but again, when before signing up with them you should ask the same hard questions.

Whether you go with Unitek or Boston Reed you may find that your clinical and internships can be up to an hours drive from the school location. So flexibility is important.

My final suggestion is this: if you want something more comprehensive than what we offer, before you shell out the higher cost of a Unitek class, check out Castro Valley Adult & Career Education. They have a comprehensive Clinical Medical and Administrative Medical program that will save you lots of money.

  1. Yvette
    October 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I took the medial assistant from Unitek College. It includes both clinical and admin and was cheaper than Boston Reed and Castro Valley. The externship was a required part of the course to graduate. Career services assists in locating jobs.

    • October 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Thank you for your input. Would you mind telling how much you paid for Unitek?

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