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Medical Assisting

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

The medical assisting program provides requisite knowledge and skills for the medical assistant in physician clinic and similar settings. The student must complete program application. Program eligibility depends on completion of program prerequisites, ENGL 101 (Freshman Comp: Exposition) and MATH 531 (Pre-Algebra), with a "C" or better. Upon program completion, the student is eligible to take the certifying examination by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants. The graduate and certified medical assistant can work as a medical assistant in physician clinics, urgent care, and similar settings.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting will:

  • Develop communication skills necessary to effectively communicate with other health care team members, patients, and physicians.
  • Demonstrate respect for the human dignity and the rights of all individuals with awareness of cultural differences.
  • Utilize critical thinking and decision-making skills when providing clinical and administrative service in health settings.

Program Requirements

A major of 26.5 units is required for the certificate.

Fall Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
MA 305 Body Systems and Disease 5.0
MB 305 Body Systems and Diseases 5.0
MA 350 MA Fundamentals 2.0
MA 351 MA Clinical Procedures 1 3.0
MA 352 MA Administrative Procedures 4.0
MB 352 MB Administrative Procedures 4.0

Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Units
MA 353 MA Clinical Procedures 2 5.0
MA 355 MA Pharmacology 4.0
MA 356 MA Job Success Externship 3.5