Medical Assisting

Learn Medical Assistant Skills for a New Career

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, as well as with 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, plus 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. Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program can earn an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.

Career Outlook for Medical Assistants in California

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 has the highest employment level for medical assistants in the United States³. Some of the top-paying metropolitan areas for medical assistants are also found in California, per the BLS³, including:

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

Learn More About What Medical Assistants Do

If you’re interested in becoming a medical assistant, you may be interested in SJVC’s guide to medical assistant duties and responsibilities. This guide provides an overview of the administrative and clinical tasks you may be responsible for as a medical assistant. You will also learn more about the job outlook for medical assistants, including where medical assistants work and how much they make.

Train to Become a Medical Assistant

Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Associate Degree program are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).* Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA, CPR, and First Aid. Students residing outside California are encouraged to take a certification examination recognized by their state medical board or an independent certification organization.

*Graduates may qualify for other certifications depending upon location and placement requirements.

¹ BLS, visited 9-18-19, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

² BLS, visited 9-18-19, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab6

³ BLS, visited 9-18-19, https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm

Medical Assisting Program Details

Skills Students Learn

In the Clinical Medical Assisting program, students learn how to:

  • Care for patients
  • Take vital signs
  • Give injections
  • Collect specimen
  • Perform emergency procedures

In the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program, students learn the skills listed above, as well as:

  • Front-office management
  • Patient charting
  • Billing processes
  • Handling coding procedures for insurance purposes

Program Outcomes

Our Clinical Medical Assisting students can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 9 months. Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting program can earn an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.

Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting programs are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam, offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT)*. Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA and CPR. Students attending online also earn certification in First Aid. Students residing outside California are encouraged to take a certification examination recognized by their state medical board or an independent certification organization.

*Graduates may qualify for other certifications depending upon location and placement requirements.

Program Availability

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

*These locations offer both the Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree programs. Campuses not marked with an asterisk only offer the Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion program.

Career Opportunities

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
  • Schedule patient appointments

Accreditation and Approvals

Institutional Accreditation

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 www.accjc.org.

Questions or requests to review documents pertaining to accreditation should be directed to:

Crystal G. VanderTuig, Accreditation Liaison Officer
San Joaquin Valley College
3828 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 734-9000
Crystal.VanderTuig@sjvc.edu

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
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).

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.