Certified Medical Assisting


Certified Medical Assistant

Interested in a job in healthcare? Certified medical assisting may be for you. Medical assistants work alongside doctors, and usually work in outpatient medical offices and clinics.

To become a Certified Medical Assistant, you will take 3 semesters of classes and complete 160 hours of clinical practicum – typically while working in a doctor’s office. When you finish the program, you will be eligible for the state certification exam. 

Academic Plan for Medical Assistant

The plan shows all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the certificate you’re interested in earning below.

Medical Assisting—Certificate of Achievement

Spring Term 1
Course Units
HSCI 0003 3
CIS 0050 3
BIOL 0055 4
HED 0002 3
Total 13
Fall Term 1
Course Units
ALH 0001 2.5
ALH 0002 2.5
ALH 0003 2.5
ALH 0004 3
Total 10.5
Spring Term 2
Course Units
ALH 0005 3
ALH 0006 3
ALH 0007 3
ALH 0008 3
Total 12
Summer Term 2
Course Units
ALH 0009 3.5
Total 3.5

About the Program

Prerequisites to Apply

Before you enter the program, you will need to complete the following classes: 

  • HSCI 0003: Medical Terminology (3 units)
  • English N: Introduction to College Writing (3 units; or higher or equivalent)
  • CIS 0050: Applying Computer Software (3 units)
  • HED 0002: Health Education (3 units)
  • BIOL 0055: General Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 units) or Biology 5 and 6

Medical Assistant Skills

To be a medical assistant, you should:

  • Have great verbal and written communication skills (bilingual desired)
  • Work well both independently and in a team
  • Follow directions, multi-task and observe details well
  • Be comfortable using a computer
  • Have strong math skills

Medical Assistant Training

Graduates receive administrative and clinical training in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to:

Administrative Duties 

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Maintaining medical records
  • Answering phones
  • Greeting patients
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and lab services
  • Coding and filling out insurance forms

Clinical Duties

  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories
  • Preparing patients for exams
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Collecting blood and other lab specimens
  • Assisting the doctor during exams
  • Drawing blood
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings