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Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement

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The Clinical Medical Assistant certificate is a Career Technical Education (CTE) program that includes competency based training to prepare to assist the physician in the medical back office or clinic. Students are taught and demonstrate skills including: electrocardiography (ECG), specimen collection, venipuncture, capillary puncture, medication administration, injections, medical, surgical asepsis, preparing and assisting with minor office surgery and physical examination procedures. Students practice documentation ensuring accurate data collection, quality results and regulatory compliance. Several courses are shared with health science and may apply towards earning the Associate Degree in Health Science.  

Students complete 150 hours of supervised directed practice in the back office of a medical office or clinic. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Proof of medical malpractice insurance, current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification, health clearance, background check and drug screening are required prior to the clinical externship, MA 217B.  Letter grade only.

Program completion meets California Certifying Board for Medical Assistant certification examination requirements (CCBMA).  

Clinical experience (MA 217B) must be taken the session immediately following MA 212B and MA 214B due to patient safety requirements. Students should take, MA 211B, MA 213B prior to taking MA 212B and MA 214B.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate clinical procedure skills, accurately and safely.
  • Recognize and understand legal and ethical practices related to medical care.
  • Demonstrate employable medical office skills and professionalism.


Course ID Title Units
HSC 104   Medical Terminology 3
HSC 106   Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information 3
MA 206   Introduction to Medical Assisting 3
MA 280   Healthcare Organization Practices 3
MA 211B   Physical-Examination Procedures 3
MA 213B  * Medical Asepsis and Surgical Procedures 3
MA 212B   Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 3
MA 214B   Medication Administration Procedures 3
MA 218B   Electrocardiography for the Medical Assistant 3
MA 217B  * Medical Assisting Clinical Experience Clinical 3



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.    


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