Cerro Coso Community College offers the following medical assisting options:
The first step is to take the core classes, which are offered online in the spring, summer, and fall. The next step is to take either the administrative and/or clinical medical assisting classes. You will need to contact counseling to take the administrative or clinical medical assisting classes, because they are listed as “restricted” on the schedule. The counseling team will verify that you are either currently enrolled in the core classes or that you have completed them.
Please note that you need to have a grade of “C” or better in all your medical assisting core classes to move on to the administrative or clinical medical assisting classes, and a grade of “C” or better in all your administrative and/or clinical medical assisting courses to earn the certificate(s) or degree.
If you are taking the administrative medical assisting externship or any of the clinical medical assisting classes, you will be in a clinical setting working with patients. When you reach this point, you need to complete the Medical Assisting Application and Certified Background Check.
If you have any questions, please contact your local counseling department.
After completing the program, take the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA) exam here at Cerro Coso at the Certification Testing Center.
CNA classes offered five times a year at IWV/Ridgecrest, and twice a year in Kern River Valley. Students must also complete a Certified Background Check (instructions in CNA Applications).
CNA classes offered three times a year at ESCC Bishop
After passing the CNA course, students will need to contact the Red Cross, pass the Nurse Assistant Competency Exam, and obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate. Students may be reimbursed for the exam fees if they work for a Long Term Care Facility within the first year. The facility will handle any reimbursement, and they will need a receipt.
The HHA class is offered at IWV/Ridgecrest. You MUST have current CNA certification before you can enroll in the class. Students must also complete a Certified Background Check (instructions in CNA Applications).
LVN Programs start in January. Take the pre-reqs now!
Nursing students must have a high school diploma or GED before applying to the program.
All prerequisites with a grade of "C" or better have to be done prior to the start of the LVN Program. It typically will take a student 2 years to complete both the prerequisites and the LVN Program. Completing the AS degree in Vocational Nursing is strongly encouraged.
Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Pass Rates
Bakersfield College offers the LVN to RN Bridge Program at the IWV/Ridgecrest campus. Please contact Dinorah Castro at Bakersfield College for more information.