Medical Office Assisting

What will I learn in this program?

The Medical Office Assisting program trains students to perform administrative and selected clinical and laboratory procedures for employment in physicians’ offices, outpatient clinics, medical laboratories, and home care agencies. 

Students receive training in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease process, clinical procedures, phlebotomy, the electronic health record, medical typing and transcription, ICD and coding, insurance and bookkeeping procedures, computer applications, business correspondence, and CPR and first aid. 

Those earning their Associate of Science Degree: students complete all the College General Requirements, Areas A through H, in addition to training in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease process, clinical procedures, phlebotomy, the electronic health record, medical typing and transcription, ICD and coding, beginning and advanced insurance and bookkeeping procedures, computer applications, business correspondence, management skills and theory, and CPR and first aid. 

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?

Occupation

Average Annual Pay

Expected State Demand

Physician’s Offices

$15.00 to $18.00 per hour

30.8%  increase until 2016

Outpatient Care Centers

$15.00 to $18.00 per hour

30.8% increase until 2016

Ambulatory Care Centers

$15.00 to $18.00 per hour

30.8%  increase until 2016

Other health practitioners

$15.00 to $18.00 per hour

30.8%  increase until 2016

 

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

For Certificate: Enrollment is open to all interested students who have completed English 90 or 150 or placed into English 92 or 160 or higher.  Students must complete Business G, H, J. or Math E1 or place in Math 840.  Students need to type 40 NWPM for a five-minute period with a 10 percent error rate or less.

For Degree Program: Enrollment is open to all interested students who have completed English 90 or 150 or placed into English 92 or 160 or higher.  Students need to type 40 NWPM for a five-minute period with a 10 percent error rate or less. Completion of all College General Requirements, Areas A through H, is required to apply for the Associate of Science degree in Medical Office Assisting.

Orientations for the Medical Assisting Program degree or certificate programs are offered twice a year.  An orientation flyer can be requested by calling 415 561-1900.

Does this program have any special costs?

Additional student costs include clinical lab fees, purchase of a lab coat or uniform, stethoscope, nursing shoes, internship student identification card, physical exam, immunizations, CPR card, background check, and alcohol and drug tests if required.

How long will it take to complete this program?

The Medical Assisting Certificate requires students to complete a minimum of two semesters and a summer internship, depending on English and Math placement scores.  Students must take 12 to 15 units each semester and pass all courses with a C (2.0) or higher. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to apply for the certificate.

The Medical Office Assisting degree program requires students to complete a minimum of four semesters and a summer internship, depending on English and Math placement scores.  Students must take 12 to 15 units each semester and pass all courses with a C (2.0) or higher. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher to apply for the degree.

How do I get more information on this program?

Visit www.ccsf.edu/drincon web site for links to program flyers and program information.
Call 415 561-1900 to request an information packet, program flyers, and English and Math placement test schedule.
Email any other questions to drincon@ccsf.edu.