Medical & Dental Programs
Clinical Medical Assisting
SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting programs prepare graduates to work in medical offices and clinics.
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Cost & Financial Aid
There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
SJVC’s medical assisting training programs are available online* and at the following campuses:
- Antelope Valley (Lancaster)*
- Modesto (Salida)*
- Rancho Mirage*
- Santa Maria*
- Victor Valley (Hesperia)*
*These locations offer both the Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Associate of Science Degree programs. Campuses not marked with an asterisk only offer the Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion program.
Accreditation & Approvals
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.
The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (www.bppe.ca.gov).
What Will I learn?
Maintaining patient records
Preparing patients for exams
Lab Work protocols
Ready to Do This?
Find your path in Medical Assisting.
You could earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 9 months. Talk to an admissions advisor about your options.
Here at SJVC, everyone is willing to help one another out. Once you become part of this school, you become a part of a family. The staff here have always been supportive since the start. They make sure that you are prepared before actually sending you on to the real world. I am hoping the rest of the students and also any future students that will attend here will enjoy this experience just as I have.
Check out our guide on becoming a Medical Assistant in California.
Have you always wanted to work in the medical field, and are looking for a faster way to get started? If so, a job as a medical assistant might be the perfect career for you. You could be prepared to start your new career in as few as 9 months. Read our career guide on how to become a medical assistant in California.
Ask one of our 60,000+ graduates about their SJVC experience and they’ll likely describe it as life-changing.
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Medical Assistant FAQ
HOW LONG DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL TO BE A MEDICAL ASSISTANT?
IS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT BETTER THAN CNA?
DO YOU NEED A DEGREE TO BE A MEDICAL ASSISTANT?
WHAT IS A MEDICAL ASSISTANT?
WHAT DOES A MEDICAL ASSISTANT DO?
- Record patient history and personal information
- Measure vital signs, such as blood pressure
- Help physicians with patient examinations
- Give patients injections or medications as directed by physicians and as permitted by state law
- Schedule patient appointments
- Prepare blood samples for laboratory tests
- Enter patient information into medical records
WHERE CAN I TAKE THE CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT EXAM?
DOES A MEDICAL ASSISTANT REQUIRE A DEGREE?
WHAT CLASSES DO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS TAKE?
- HCP 103 Foundational Office Skills
- HCP 203 Medical Office Management
- MAP 115 Pharmacology and Medication Administration
- MAP 126 Clinical Applications
- MAP 205 Front Office Procedures
- MAP 501 Externship
- MAP 510 Certification Prep
- GRS 100 Graduate Readiness Seminar
*SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited September 13, 2021). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2020-2030 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
- BLS, visited 1-21-21, www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-6
- BLS, visited 1-21-21, www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm