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Medical Assistant

Due to Covid-19, the anticipated start date is October 2020. 

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Medical Assistant


Medical Assistants are important members of health care teams who assist physicians with patients. Our dynamic class covers both the clinical and administrative functions of the medical office as well as an externship. Administrative duties include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications.

Graduates meet the qualifying standards for the Medical Assistant Certifying Examination (NCCT). This course is Pell Grant  and WIOA eligible. 

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Program objectives

  • Prepare students with the skills to become employed as a medical assistant in the healthcare industry.
  • Teach and support students to learn and perform both clinical and administrative functions as a medical assistant.
  • Acquire the skill competence and academic knowledge needed to qualify for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Medical Assistant certifying exam.
  • Train students to enter the workforce as critical thinkers and effective communicators who are responsible, ethical, and respectful employees.

Program requirements for graduation

Classroom & Externship:

  • Meet the minimum attendance requirements.
  • Complete all assignments.
  • Maintain at least an 80% on skills, assignments, assessments, and participation.
  • Pass the final exam with a minimum of 80%.
  • Successfully completes a clinical externship.
  • Obtain a minimum keyboarding speed of 35 nwpm.
  • Take the NCCT exam.

classes begin    OCTOBER 2020

program information

Prerequisites (required before enrolling):

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Health Insurance Verification
  • Updated Vaccinations
  • Completed Health Verification Form
  • CPR/BLS training
  • Typing Verification (35+ wpm recommended)

Starts October 2020
8:30am-3:00pm M-TH   (Subject to Change)

Tuition: $4813.00*

*PELL & WIOA Grant Eligible. 

steps to enroll

job outlook

In Contra Costa County, employment for Medical Assistants is expected to increase by 38.3% in the next 5 years. The current median wage for Medical Assistants is $18.89 per hour.

(Source: California Employment Development Department).