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Are you looking for a Medical Assistant school?

If you are interested in working on a healthcare team, and are detail-oriented and enjoy interacting with others, Medical Assisting may be a good career fit.

SJVC’s Medical Assistant classes prepare graduates to work in medical offices and specialty clinics. Training helps students learn the skills required to be a valuable member of the healthcare team. Students can prepare for work as a medical assistant by choosing the credential level that best meets their needs and career goals.

The Certificate-level Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program offers all of the basic training required to work in a doctor’s office, with an emphasis on clinical, back-office procedures.  Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) program earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree and benefit from advanced training in medical office procedures and increased flexibility with both front- and back-office skills.

SJVC’s medical assistant program is available  in Antelope Valley, Bakersfield, Fresno, Hanford, MaderaModesto, Ontario, Temecula, Victor Valley, Visalia and Online. Tab through the information below to learn more about our medical assistant schools.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Medical Assistant program, students will learn:

  • • Patient care
  • • Medical office procedures
  • • Laboratory skills
  • • Medical administrative practices*
  • * CAMA-specific training

Program Outcomes
Graduates of the CAMA program can earn an Associate of Science Degree in approximately 14 months, and CMA program graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 7 months.

CMA graduates who earn their Certificates from one of SJVC’s California campuses are eligible to sit for the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam, offered by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). Online campus CMA graduates can sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam, offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). CAMA graduates from SJVC’s California campuses and Online division can sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT).

All SJVC CMA and CAMA graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification, CPR and First Aid Certification.

A well-trained medical assistant is qualified to work in a variety of medical environments such as medical offices, clinics or hospitals. Graduates can expect to perform the following job duties:

  • • Take medical histories & vital signs
  • • Assist the physician with procedures
  • • Clean & sterilize equipment
  • • Perform office accounting, bookkeeping & billing*
  • • Prepare insurance claims*
  • * CAMA program

SJVC’s Medical Assistant program is available at 10 of our California campuses:

*Only CMA Certificate program offered.
Campuses not marked with an asterisk offer both the Certificate and Associate of Science Degree program.

The Medical Assistant program is also offered through SJVC Online.

Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If earning a degree or certificate from SJVC’s Medical Assistant program sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.

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