May 22, 2022  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Medical Assisting Certificate

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Program Advisor: Contact Jessica Hill, 354-6032 ( or Javier Herrera, 354-6007 ( or Sandra De La Rosa, 371-5456 (

Certificate of Completion
Major Code - MDCA.CERT

Prepares students with the necessary job skills and related technical information to work as an entry-level medical assistant in a medical facility. The student learns to perform clerical functions such as scheduling and receiving patients, obtaining and maintaining patient data, completing insurance forms and arrange for hospital admission and laboratory services. Additional training includes medical transcription, telephone etiquette, billing, collection and bookkeeping, as well as the correct formatting of letters, reports and manuscripts.

Clinical functions include taking and recording vital signs and patient histories; performing height and weight measurements for infants through adults; screening for visual acuity and color vision acuity, assisting with examinations, treatments and office surgery; collection of specimens through venipuncture; and performing simple lab tests and electrocardiograms. Additional training includes sterilization procedures, instruments and equipment, disposal procedures for contaminated supplies, patient preparation procedures for X-ray and laboratory examination, removing sutures and performing basic first aid and CPR procedures.

Upon completion of this curriculum, a certificate will be awarded. The certificate award enables the student to sit for national certification exams.

A grade of C or higher is required for satisfactory completion of all courses in the curriculum.

To continue in the program, a student may repeat a course one time, and may repeat no more than two courses while enrolled in the program. The term repeat shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop or an unsatisfactory grade for a course.

A student seeking entry into the Medical Assisting program must file a specific program application and complete additional admission procedures. Application information is located on the MDCA web site.

Students enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program will be charged a non-refundable fee of $379.50 each semester for access to the online ATI learning system and ATI reviews modules to help them prepare for certification exams in both clinical and administrative courses.

Program Requirements

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