Healthcare Programs | Ridley-Lowell

Healthcare Programs

With a career in healthcare, every day becomes an opportunity to make a positive impact in peoples’ lives. It’s an incredibly rewarding path, and also happens to be one of the most in-demand career fields.

Ridley-Lowell offers a number of healthcare career programs, from working directly with patients, to maintaining important medical records, to assisting dentists. Program graduates will be well prepared to fill jobs in an industry expected to grow 20-30% through 2022, according to the BLS.

Choose a program to learn more:

Medical Assistant

Medical Billing & Coding


Dental Assistant

Massage Therapy


Medical Assistant Program

Hospitals, clinics, physician's offices—each relies heavily on medical assistants to help facilitate the care of their patients. Ridley-Lowell’s medical assistant program will give you the administrative and clinical skills to prepare for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). The Connecticut and New York campuses also qualify you to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exams and be a valuable asset to any medical office.

We believe students learn best by doing, which is why we designed our program to give you one-on-one attention from our instructors and opportunities to learn through hands-on assignments that simulate real-world situations. A required externship allows you to use your growing skills in a physician’s office and get valuable support and feedback from office personnel and advisors.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Anatomy and physiology

·       Medical terminology

·       CPR and first aid

·       Clinical procedures

·       Therapeutic communications

·       Career development

Campuses where available:

This program is available at all Ridley-Lowell campuses.

Take the next step

Get started today. Request more information about our medical assistant program or call 877-606-5325 to talk to an admissions counselor.


Medical Billing & Coding

Medical billing and coding professionals play such an important role in the healthcare industry, from communicating with insurance companies and medical offices, to making sure bills are coded according to state and federal requirements. It’s a growing career, with an expected 22% increase through 2022.

Training in our medical billing and coding program focuses on giving you the in-depth knowledge and expertise to manage these important records in doctors’ offices, hospitals and insurance companies. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder apprentice exam available through the American Academy of Professional Coders’ (AAPC), a nationally recognized certification organization.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Medical billing and coding

·       Medical insurance

·       Healthcare issues

·       Medical terminology

·       Career development

Campuses where available:

This program is available at our Poughkeepsie, NY, New London, CT and West Warwick, RI campuses.

Take the next step

As they say, there’s no time like the present. Get more information about this program or give us a call at 877-606-5325.



Phlebotomists are essential to the healthcare industry, playing a significant role in both in-patient and outpatient settings. With a heavy focus on the clinical side, the phlebotomy program at Ridley-Lowell helps you build confidence in your skills and develop an atmosphere of trust with patients. You will learn to work one-on-one with patients, evaluate vital signs and take quality blood samples to help inform future treatment options.

Coursework includes hands-on experience in a medical lab learning the proper methods to take a patient’s blood pressure and pulse, understand and analyze respiratory readings, and draw accurate blood samples for testing. Students will also study essential safety guidelines, hazard prevention techniques and federal guidelines.

When you complete this program, you’ll be well prepared for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), a leading provider of certifications and credentials for healthcare professionals in the US.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Anatomy and physiology

·       Medical terminology

·       Cardiovascular and lymphatic systems

·       Venipuncture

·       Urinalysis

·       Centrifuging and processing

Campuses where available:

This program is available in Connecticut at our New London and Danbury campuses, and at our West Warwick, RI, campus.

Notice to students and prospective students: Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute’s Medical Billing & Coding program at West Warwick, RI has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (“ACICS”), due to material noncompliance with its licensure pass rate standard of 60%.

Take the next step

The healthcare industry needs you. Request more information today about our phlebotomy program or call 877-606-5325 to speak with an admissions counselor.


Dental Assistant

Today’s dental professionals manage a variety of responsibilities, from interacting with patients and overseeing patient records, to providing oral healthcare and assisting with complex dental procedures. It’s important to have a comprehensive skill set as you enter this career.

Ridley-Lowell’s dental assistant program combines hands-on training and administrative education to prepare you for a thriving career in the dental industry. The 57-credit-hour program combines classroom sessions with a professional externship, where you will begin to develop a foundation in oral healthcare and dental administrative processes while having the opportunity to work directly with patients.

As a graduate of the program, you’ll be BLS/AED CPR certified, and prepared to take the Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) competency exams through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), the nationally recognized certification organization for dental assistants.

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Anatomy

·       Oral healthcare

·       Dental administrative procedures

·       Radiography

·       General and specialty procedures

Campuses where available:

This program is available at our New London, CT campus.

Take the next step

Join the growing field of dentistry today. Request more information about our dental assistant program or call 877-606-5325.


Massage Therapy

A career in massage therapy opens up a number of job possibilities. From indulgent spa services in hotels and resorts, to sports- or therapy-focused treatments that are all about performance and recovery, it’s a meaningful career that makes a huge difference in the lives of those you treat.

With a curriculum that centers on practical, hands-on training, the Ridley-Lowell massage therapy program will prepare you to apply for the Federation Of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) to become nationally certified as a massage therapist. Upon completion of the course, you will also be eligbile for membership in the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Your curriculum will focus on:

·       Anatomy and physiology

·       Pathology

·       Kinesiology

·       Therapeutic massage

·       Eastern and Western modalities

·       Spa services

·       Sports and medical massage

·       Legal and ethical issues related to the massage therapy industry

·       Career development for massage therapy


Campuses where available:

This program is available at our Danbury, CT and West Warwick, RI, campuses. 

Take the next step

As they say, there’s no time like the present. Get more information about our massage therapy program or give us a call at 877-606-5325.



*Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute does not guarantee employment and/or rate of pay upon graduation.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute is pleased to provide the following information as an institution that participates in the Federal student assistance programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, related to Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Final regulations regarding Gainful Employment were published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010. Those regulations require that, effective July 1, 2011, institutions provide certain disclosures about each of their gainful employment programs to students and prospective students.

You can view the required Gainful Employment Disclosures for the Program by clicking here.

* Per the United States Department of Education, a “recognized occupation” is defined by an Occupational Information Network O* NET-SOC code established by the Department of Labor and available at:

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