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Medical Assisting

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

The medical assisting program consists of a Medical Assisting Certificate and an optional Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. The Medical Billing and Coding certificate courses may be taken as an option by the Medical Assisting Program students, thereby obtaining both a Medical Assisting Certificate and a Billing and Coding Certificate. Courses may be taken separately to obtain Medical Billing and Coding certificate only. A grade of “C” or better is required in all classes to progress in the program. To be admitted to the Medical Assisting Certificate program, the student must obtain the official application forms and follow the outlined procedures for enrollment. Upon completion of the Medical Assisting Certification, the student is qualified to take the certifying examination by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants.

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 total of 26.5 units is required for the certificate.

Semester 1 (14 units)

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

Semester 2 (12.5 units)

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