Certified Medical Assistant (MA)


Description: Upon completion of the Medical Assistant program students will be allowed to sit for the national certification through the national Center for Competency Testing for both front and back office. Students will also be eligible to take the exam through the California Board for Medical Assistants. Medical Assistants are tasked with working in doctors’ office and clinics to assist the physician with weights and measures, injections, phlebotomy and other in office procedures.

Contact info: Tammy Serpa, Education Specialist: tserpa@lakecoe.org

Time: 10 months plus a 180 hrs. externship

Salary potential: $15-$19 per hour

Cost: $4,300 cost includes textbooks, CPR Certification, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, fingerprinting, and drug screening. Application available online: www.lakecoe.org

Pre-Requisites: High school diploma or equivalency, passage of drug screening and fingerprinting. Students are encouraged to complete a community college course in Medical Terminology prior to starting the class. Students who do not take the course prior to the class will be enrolled in a Medical Terminology course concurrently.


Description: This course prepares students for all aspects of the work as a Medical Assistant in both the administrative and Clinical setting. Students will learn all aspects from scheduling patients, computer skills, and greeting patients, to rooming patients, giving injections, and taking vital signs. Course prepares students to sit for the California Certifying Board Medical Assistant exam.

Contact info: Kathi Schmid: 707.467.5123

Time: 10 months plus a 200 hrs. externship

Salary potential: $15-$19 per hour

Cost: $3,500 (subject to change) cost includes textbooks and supplies, drug screen and background check. Additional fees required for national exam as well as state certification fee (fees vary).

Pre-Requisites: 18 years of age, high school diploma, or equivalency, a passing score on a basic skills examination, ability to pass drug screening and ability to pass a background check.

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