The Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement prepares students for a career as a medical assistant in medical offices, clinics, or other related medical fields. The medical assistant is the first face patients often see most as they play an important role in the patient experience. This program gives students the administrative skills such as greeting patients, scheduling, filling out medical records, electronic medical record keeping, and interacting with insurance companies. Students also acquire clinicals skills to obtain vital signs, take medical histories, prepare patients for examinations, assist in medical procedures, injection administration, performing laboratory diagnostic testing, basic phlebotomy, and electrocardiograms (EKG).
The certificate of achievement prepares students for entry-level career opportunities in medical assistant. Opportunities are many and varied from urgent care to family practice and all medical specialties. This certificate also prepares students for the associate in science in medical assisting and the certificate of achievement in Phlebotomy Technician.
CG51 may be taken prior to the beginning of the Medical Assisting program.
Program prerequisite information:
MA 70 and ENGL 1A/1AH/1AMC/1AMCH or ESL 1A need to be taken before beginning the Medical Assisting program.
All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Enrollment and completions is projected at 50/semester.
Cabrillo College is seeking approval from the Chancellor’s Office for the Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement in Career Technical Education. The medical assisting program is designed to train and educate students to work in the field of medical assisting. The need for certified medical assistants has been advocated for by local health clinics and organizations plus regional and state laboratories, and supported by current, regional labor market research (TOP 1208.00). The Medical Assisting program is aligned with Cabrillo’s mission, master plan, career technical education, and statewide community college work in Guided Pathways. Approval of this program will benefit regional employers, fulfill health and human service needs of the local community, augment college enrollment, and support non-traditional and underserved minority students in a viable career and academic path. This program will give our students the workforce preparation, knowledge, and skills they need to pass the state board license examination and gain employment in the field of medical assisting. The potential for a median hourly wage in the Santa Cruz-Monterey subregion is $21.67/hour and the Bay Area region is $28.64.
Two prerequisite courses: MA70 and ENGL 1A/1AH/1AMC/1AMCH. Total of 6 units.
A total of 37 units of required coursework in the Medical Assisting program/department.
Note: MA 125 must be taken within one year of externship. MA 135 must be taken in the semester immediately preceding MA 101 (externship).
(Y1 or S1)
|ENGL 1A/1AH/1AMC/1AMC||English Composition||3||Pre-req|
|MA100||Medical Assisting Essentials||4||Year 1, Semester 1|
|MA101||Medical Assisting Externship||3||Year 1, Semester 1|
|MA115||Administrative Skills for Medical Assistants||8||Year 1, Semester 2|
|MA125||Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants I||4||Year 1, Semester 1|
|MA135||Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants II||6||Year 1, Semester 2|
|MA170||Medical Terminology-Structure, Function, and Disease Processes of the Human Body||4||Year 1, Semester 1|
|MA173A||Medical Law and Ethics||2||Year 1, Semester 1|
|MA184A||Health Care Communication||2||Year 1, Semester 1|
|ALH110||Allied Health Foundation Course||1||Year 1, Semester 1|
|CABT101||Computer Proficiency||3||Year 1, Semester 2|