The Medical Assisting Program consists of 39 weeks of training. The program includes didactic, laboratory and externship instruction. The curriculum prepares students with entry-level competencies in the medical assisting and phlebotomist professions. In addition, students are prepared with entry-level knowledge and skills in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, psychology and human relations, pharmacology, administrative procedures, clinical procedures, medical laboratory procedures, phlebotomy procedures, and career development. Upon completion of the didactic and laboratory classroom experiences, students participate in 245 hours of supervised externship which includes 200 hours of the Medical Assisting externship and 45 of the Phlebotomy externship.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the median salary for Medical Assistants in California is $39,479 as of August 2019. And, there is a growing demand for this profession.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase the demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.
The State of California does not require that medical assistants be certified, but such a certificate may increase the chances of being hired. The AAMA exam is taken during the program upon successful completion of didactic coursework. Students who pass this exam and meet graduation requirements will be eligible to work as Certified Medical Assistants. In order to perform the duties of the Phlebotomy Technician Level 1 (CPT1) in California, you will be required to pass a licensing examination approved by the Department of Health Services in California. Completion of this program does not automatically enable a graduate to perform duties of a Phlebotomy Technician (CPT1).
Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program are eligible to sit for the AAMA and/or CCMA exam after graduation.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance. For details please call (916) 877-7977.