Medical Assisting Program

The Medical Assisting Program offers an Associates of Science Degree in:

  • Medical Assisting 
  • Medical Administrative Assisting

Students can also earn a Certifcate of Achievement in:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Biller
  • Medical Clinic Assistant
  • Medical Evaluation Assistant

Click here for a Program Packet



Students must complete English 86 or 88A or place into a higher level

    OR complete ESL 186 or place in ESL 188 or higher level

Students must complete Math 30 or place in Math 40 or higher level

Job Description

Medical Assistants have a great amount of variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform many administrative and clinical duties.  Duties vary from office to office depending on the location, size, and specialty.

Administrative duties may include:

  • Computer applications
  • Greeting patients and answering telephones
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Updating patient medical records
  • Coding and completing insurance claim forms
  • Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
  • Handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping activities

Clinical duties vary by state but include:

  • Taking medical histories and vital signs
  • Explaining treatments and procedures to patients
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Assisting the physician during examinations
  • Collecting and preparing laboratory specimens
  • Performing basic laboratory tests
  • Instructing patients about medications and special diets
  • Authorizing prescription refills as directed
  • Preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician
  • Performing electrocardiograms
  • Drawing blood
  • Removing sutures and changing dressings

Visit the American Association of Medical Assistants web site for more information about the profession of Medical Assisting.


Job Demand

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers with an expected growth of 29 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Approximately 50 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices. Other areas of employment include hospital outpatient clinics, private and specialty clinics, insurance companies, and billing agencies.