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Since opening its doors in 1967, The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants has been known for its unwavering commitment to excellence. 

Our mission is to provide unmatched training in the Medical and Dental Assistant fields. And to use all our resources to provide jobs to all our graduates.


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I was going to Laguardia Community College for nursing, part time, and felt the program was all over the place and it took too much time to complete.  I decided to go and get something I can finish in a little amount of time. I searched online, and decided to join NYSMDA and really liked it.  When I graduated, I had a 4.0 GPA and 100% school attendance, and I was happy because I graduated and went for more...



The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants (NYSMDA) was incorporated on November 25, 1966 and opened its doors to train students at its facility in Forest Hills, New York in the month of April, 1967. NYSMDA first earned accreditation in 1973 from the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools which has since been renamed The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges or ACCSC. Since 1993, the school has been managed by CLIDO, Inc., which is owned by Clinton Arnaboldi and Douglas K. Jordan. In addition to their roles as Co-Chairmen, Mr. Arnaboldi and Mr. Jordan are actively involved in the day-to-day operations as the school's directors.

In January of 2005, the school moved from its Forest Hills location to its present  Long Island City location, a more central location with respect to the five New York City boroughs and a more convenient location for NYSMDA students and graduates. In moving to a much larger and more modern facility, the school is able to provide its students with much quieter and spacious classrooms, a private work area for each of its instructors away from the classroom, and student lockers.  In May of 2012, NYSMDA acquired the assets of the American Institute of Clinical Massage, a massage therapist training school in Post Falls, Idaho. In August of 2012 ACCSC recognized the American Institute of Clinical Massage as a branch campus of NYSMDA. For additional information on NYSMDA's branch campus, AICM, click on this AICM link (http://www.aicm.edu/).

In August of 2015, the New York State Office of the Professions (OP) approved NYSMDA' s Dental Assisting Program as a New York State licensure qualifying program. The first licensure qualifying class started in January of 2016.


NYSMDA is a career-oriented, co-educational institution that believes the basic purpose of education is to prepare one for the highest degree of self-realization through quality education and training necessary to face the complexities of today's society. The mission of the institution lies in its responsibility, to both the students and the community, to provide educational opportunities through short-term programs designed to prepare a student for immediate employment in a chosen field of study upon graduation with an emphasis on serving the needs of the community.


NYSMA has two (2) training programs that are designed for its graduates to obtain entry level employment in the medical and dental assisting fields. Both programs are 900 hours in length and can be completed in ten (10) months if attended in the daytime and twelve (12) months if attended in the evening. Both programs are hands-on clinical programs that require an externship at the end of the in-school portion of the program. The externship is an integral part of the program and required for graduation.  Externs are usually placed at a private doctor’s office, medical clinic or hospital.                                  


If you want a successful career in the healthcare world with a secure future, our aim is to provide the opportunity for you to reach your goals. Our concern for your future has determined the kind of institution we are, and is the basis of our unique design of practical education. This includes: 

  • Teaching those essential subjects which one needs for personal advancement and a successful future. 
  • Providing day and evening classes which enable students to attend during the hours most convenient to their needs.
  • Providing faculty and administrators who are experts in their fields and who are especially sensitive to the needs and desires of each student.
  • Providing modern, effective, and efficient equipment, teaching aids and methods, all geared to the realities of the healthcare/business world.
  • Providing effective Career Services Assistance to aid students and alumni in their job seeking endeavors.
  • Providing support and academic advisement to assist students in coping with educational, vocational and personal concerns.

At NYSMDA, our interest in you is personal. We recognize and encourage each student's ambitions and interests. We are a committed and dedicated institution.


Both programs are eligible for Federal Title IV Financial Aid. The school participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Federal Loan Programs. The school’s programs are also approved for funding with the Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation or ACCES-VR (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr) . This organizations funds educational opportunities for individuals who have disabilities.

Both training programs are also approved for Veterans Administration Educational Benefits (VAEB). So, if you are a veteran it is very important that you contact the Veterans Administration Office (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp) to find out the G.I. Benefits which you might be entitled. 


The faculty and staff of NYSMDA are committed to assisting students in externship placements and securing the best possible employment opportunities available in their chosen professional career fields. The Office of Career Services develops and maintains close relationships with local employers, many of whom collaborate with NYSMDA.

Students are well prepared for their externship and job search through the variety of completed courses and the Career Counseling Seminar. In the seminar, students learn interviewing skills and specific career-related strategies, and receive peer review.

Thereafter, the Career Services Advisors counsel and advise students through the placement process, record all job leads, develop new employment opportunities, and maintain placement records. In addition, they assist with resume writing, and cover letters.

Recent graduates and alumni are always welcome to return to the Career Services for job search assistance in the future.


The primary goal of NYSMDA is to provide, within the limits of its resources, full educational access to its career oriented curricula to all applicants who demonstrate not only interest, but also the potential for academic success. We are further committed to assisting all entering students in fulfilling their career objectives within the limits of their ability and motivation to attain these objectives and provide those critical supportive services essential to the development of those personal and academic skills necessary to compete successfully in the world of work. Finally, we strive to provide the opportunity for placement in full or part time positions. However, job placement cannot be guaranteed.  In this regard, to provide its student population with the best preparation for their chosen careers, NYSMDA has established a commitment to excellence in academic and support services in its educational delivery system.


NYSMDA has established the following objectives to fully implement its goal and to fulfill its commitment to serve not only the student, but the community at large. Our aim is to enrich the student's education through high level training which is essential to meet the demands of modern medical offices, dental offices and clinics to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To provide intensive training in the fields of: Dental Assisting and Medical Assisting.
  • To educate and thoroughly train students for positions as successful employees in the healthcare field.
  • To provide instruction in relevant allied health skills that reflects current techniques.
  • To provide identical academic and support services to both day and evening students.
  • To insure adequate financial support for students with demonstrated need necessary to meet all educationally related expenses within the limits of the school’s resources.
  • To provide an environment that is conductive to students’ personal and academic development.
  • To assist in the placement of all graduates in satisfying, productive and growth-oriented jobs.


NYSMDA’S education starts with its faculty. Our instructors are highly qualified, dedicated and respected educators who are committed to excellence in teaching and servicing our students. Most faculty have advanced degrees, and all have relevant work experience. A comprehensive faculty development program ensures that all instructors remain current in their field of expertise and utilize advanced technology and teaching methodologies.

Students who attend NYSMDA are from the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. The depth of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds represented in the student body make NYSMDA a genuinely diverse institution. As a student-centered institution, we have a history of providing students with the support and encouragement needed to succeed in their chosen careers.


Within the limits of its ability and resources, it is the policy of The New York School for Medical and Dental Assistants to accept all qualified applicants for admission, whose credentials demonstrate that they have the interest, ability, and potential to successfully complete appropriate requirements for the course of study selected and have a reasonable likelihood of finding employment in their chosen field. The school does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, national origin or disability.

All applicants must visit the Office of Admissions to meet with an admissions representative to complete an Application for Admission. Admissions interviews will be scheduled to discuss the various options which are available. To provide each applicant with the best information possible with which to make a well-informed decision to attend NYSMDA, the applicant will be fully apprised of program requirements, supportive services, class schedules and the registration procedures.

NYSMDA License and Accreditation: The New York State Education Department (Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision) and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

NYSMDA is licensed by the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS). There are numerous advantages to attending a school that is licensed by BPSS as opposed to attending a school that is not licensed. BPSS schools have licensed instructors which assures that the curriculum will be taught by someone who has met certain occupational experience and/or educational qualifications.  The state approves curriculum and equipment that is reviewed by experts in the field. Facilities are inspected by State Education officials and must meet state and local building, fire and health codes. If a student feels that he/she has been mistreated by a licensed school, he/she can file a complaint with BPSS that will be investigated. Student tuition is protected by a State Controlled Tuition Reimbursement Account so if a school were to close the student's tuition dollars are protected.

Licensed schools must have admissions representatives who are certified by BPSS. This increases the likelihood that the school's representative will be an ethical person. Licensed schools have admissions requirements that are approved by BPSS. This ensures that an admitted student has a reasonable likelihood of benefiting from the program being offered.

A licensed school must have its catalog and enrollment agreement approved by a BPSS official. This insures that a prospective student is receiving accurate information about the institution prior to enrollment.  Licensed schools must follow the BPSS refund policies in terms of the amount of money they must return to the student upon withdrawal and the timeliness of the refund. Visit the BPSS  website (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/bpss/welcome-career-training-proprietary-schools) to learn about the advantages of attending a BPSS licensed school.

In addition to attending a school that is licensed by BPSS there are also numerous advantages to attending a school that is accredited. NYSMDA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  ACCSC has accrediting standards that are designed to enhance the quality of education.  Some of the things The Standards of Accreditation require of schools are: to maintain reasonable graduation and employment rates; insure that instructors possess the educational and occupational experience to be effective teachers; insure schools are managed by a person or a team of people who have the necessary experience and abilities to effectively manage an institution; conduct regular program advisory board meetings with members of the employment community so that the school's curricula are meeting the needs of the employment community; mandate instructors attend continuing education courses so that they are knowledgeable and up to date in their field of study and that their pedagogical techniques are satisfactory; insure that the school’s library and learning resources are adequate to support the curriculums that the school offers; insure that the facilities are adequately maintained; mandate that students have adequate time for hands-on training and practicing on the training equipment and to make sure the equipment is sufficient in quantity and that it is sufficiently up to date and kept in good repair.

The Standard of Accreditation also require the schools to use ethical admissions procedures to ensure that a student is informed of his/her obligations prior to attending and that the student was not pressured into enrolling.  To become accredited and to maintain accreditation status schools must go through a vigorous review process.  For more about accreditation, visit ACCSC's website (http://www.accsc.org/).





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