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Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

​Program Description
The Certificate/Associate of Science (AS) degree program in Medical Assistant studies (24 units) prepares students for a career in the health care profession as a Medical Assistant.  An Associate degree in Medical Assisting may be earned by completing the Certificate requirements as well as all MSJC General Education Option A requirements.  This program provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to enter the job market as a Medical Assistant in health care settings such as: physician's offices, hospitals, outpatient health care facilities and medical laboratories.  This program assists students in attaining the necessary competencies to function as a Medical Assistant capable of handling both the administrative and clinical components of Medical Assistant.  An internship in a physician's office combining administrative and clinical experience helps prepare the student with the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce.
​Program Requirements
Students must complete the required 24 units in the medical assisting major courses to graduate with the certificate in Medical Assisting. To graduate with the Associate Degree in Medical Assisting students must complete the required 24 units in medical assisting major coursework along with MSJC's general education Option A. Please see a counselor for more information about general education. Completing the certificate and/or Associate's Degree will meet the requirements to test for the State of California Certification of Medical Assistants. For more certification information, please visit:
Required Courses (24 Units)
  • AH 072- Medical Assistant: Administrative Procedures (3 semester units)
  • AH 095- Medical Terminology (3 semester units)
  • OTEC 144- Keyboarding and Document Formatting (3 semester units)
  • NURS 100- Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health (3 units)
  • AH 073- Medical Assistant: Clinical Procedures (4 semester units)
  • AH 078- Medical Assistant: Computerized Office Procedures (3 semester units)
  • NURS 182- Dosage and Calculations for Allied Health (1 semester unit)
  • AH 149- Occupational Internship (4 semester units) *To find out more information about the required Occupational Internship course, please visit the Occupational Internship webpage, by CLICKING HERE


​Program Learning Outcomes
  • Perform administrative and clinical tasks required of a medical office to professional standards of Medical Assisting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of California law and regulations for medical assistant.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of medical law, ethics, and confidentiality in the performance of medical assistant duties.