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This certificate requires 20.5 units and will take 2 semesters.
x $46 per unit
x ($200 + $42) per unit
= $943 in tuition and fees
= $4961 in tuition and fees
+ ~$1665* for books and supplies
= $2608 across two semesters or $1304 per semester
= $6626 across two semesters or $3313 per semester
*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.
The Medical Assisting: Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement (20.5 units) is an integral multi-skilled member of the health care team, working under the supervision of the health care provider. The Clinical Medical Assisting has an interdependent role acting as an agent for the health care provider and a consumer advocate by providing professional and technical support in an empathetic and caring manner. This Certificate focuses on the physician's back office including patient assessment, physician's laboratory, and medication administration. It is designed around the Model Curriculum established by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office for preparation for the State Exam for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This program provides the students with the opportunity to develop the necessary clinical skills needed to be an effective medical assistant.
Each course for this certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" or better, or with a grade of "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis.
This program prepares students for careers in Medical Assisting. 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 34% between 2012 and 2018. Approximately 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices; 13 percent work in public and private hospitals including inpatient and outpatient facilities; 11 percent work in other health practitioner settings, such as chiropractor's and optometrist's offices.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to
Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.
Complete all of the following courses:
|Medical Assisting Core Courses|
|CSCI C070||Computer Literacy||1 Unit|
|HCRS C130||Communication in Healthcare||2|
|HCRS C131||Medical Law and Ethics for Medical Assistants||1.5|
|HCRS C132||Electronic Health Record||1.5|
|HCRS C150||Medical Terminology for Health||3|
|Clinical Medical Assisting|
|HCRS C136||Clinical Medical Assisting I||3 Units|
|HCRS C137||Clinical Medical Assisting II||3|
|HCRS C138||Medication Administration for Medical Assisting||2|
|HCRS C139||Laboratory Procedures||2|
|HCRS C143||Clinical Medical Assistant Externship||1.5|
For general questions, contact:Annette Hodgins
Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this certificate.