Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students for employment as a medical assistant in a physicians office or clinic. The curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative (front office) and clinical (back office) medical assisting skills.

Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures (including electronic health records-EHR,appointment scheduling, billing, and insurance), assisting with examinations, laboratory procedures (including venipuncture, pharmacology and injections), electrocardiography, public relations, supervision and practice-building techniques.

An externship experience helps provide the student with the skills necessary to enter this field.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Medical Assistant Information meeting
TBA

Medical Assistant Graduation
July 2015

RESOURCES

Medical Assistant Program Roadmap

Medical Assistant Courses by Semster 

Medical Insurance Billing Occupational Skills Award

CERTIFICATES AND OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS AWARD

Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as an administrative (front office) medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The Administrative Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student to schedule appointments, perform medical reception duties, handle financial matters (including medical collection), manage electronic health records and other medical records, and do insurance billing. The externship in the front office of a physician's office will help provide the student with the administrative experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers and carry malpractice insurance while in MA 217.

Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as a clinical (back office) medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The program is designed to prepare the student to aid the physician by assisting with examinations and treatments, performing venipunctures and collecting other routine laboratory procedures, assisting with office surgery, giving medications including by injection, performing electrocardiograms, practicing medical and surgical asepsis, and working with electronic health records and other medical records. An externship in the back office of a physician's office will help provide the student with the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers and carry malpractice insurance while in MA 217B.

Comprehensive Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as a medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The curriculum is designed to provide training in both administrative and clinical procedures and practices. Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures, including appointment scheduling, billing, insurance, medical reception, medical records management, surgical and laboratory procedures, electronic health records and other medical records management, surgical and laboratory procedures, venipuncture, pharmacology, injections, electrocardiography, public relations, and practice-building techniques. An externship in a physician's office combining administrative and clinical experience helps provide the student with the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers and carry malpractice insurance while in MA 217C.

Medical Insurance Billing Occupational Skills Award

Completion of the occupational skills award in Medical Insurance Billing prepares the student for employment in a medical office or as an independent consultant/contractor who specializes in medical insurance billing.

All courses in the Occupational Skills Award must be completed at Saddleback College.

Please review the explanation of the Medical Assistant Program Courses by Semester carefully so that you willl be certain to enroll in all of the required courses when they are offered.  Note that all clinical courses and three of the administrative courses are only offered one semester each year.

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Statements

Federal regulations require higher education institutions to disclose information regarding the success of its students in certificate programs that lead to employment.

The information includes graduation rates, estimated education costs, median debt of students who completed programs, and other information designed to help students make better-informed choices about colleges and universities they select.

Administrative Medical Assistant

Clinical Medical Assistant

Comprehensive Medical Assistant