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SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting programs prepare graduates to work in medical offices and clinics.

At a Glance

  • Graduate in as few as nine months with a Certificate of Completion

  • Earn an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months

  • Conveniently available online or at 15 campuses (availability varies by campus)

  • Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam*

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Do you want to work in healthcare? SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting programs 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.

In SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting program, students are introduced to the core skills and competencies needed to work as a medical assistant in California. You can graduate in as few as 9 months with a Certificate of Completion. You will learn the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to provide clinical support in healthcare settings such as medical offices, clinics, and hospitals. Some of the skills you will learn as a Clinical Medical Assisting student include:

  • Drawing blood/venipuncture
  • Maintaining patient records
  • Preparing patients for exams

In SJVC’s Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program, students receive the same back-office training as those in the Clinical Medical Assisting program. They also learn front-office training to be able to perform administrative duties such as patient charting, billing, letter writing, and handling coding procedures for insurance purposes using a variety of applicable software.

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent between 2018 and 2028, which amounts to nearly 154,900 new jobs nationwide¹. The BLS states multiple factors behind the growing demand for medical assistants, including the growth of the aging baby-boom population, increasing patient access to medical care, and the need for administrative and clinical healthcare support workers².

The nationwide job outlook for medical assistants is good, and it’s just as bright for California medical assistants. According to the BLS, California had the highest employment level for medical assistants in the United States in May 2018³. Some of the top-paying metropolitan areas for medical assistants in May 2018 were also found in California, per the BLS³, including:

  • Vallejo-Fairfield
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
  • Santa Rosa

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. 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’sAcademic 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.

Program Availability

SJVC’s medical assisting programs are available online* and at the following campuses:

*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

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College holds dual institutional accreditations.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501,(510)748-9001 and also 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

State Approvals


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 (

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Check out our guide on becoming a Medical Assistant in California.

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*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.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at (visited December 27, 2019).  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
  2. BLS, visited 9-18-19,
  3. BLS, visited 9-18-19,