Medical Assisting

Associates in Science Degree 

The Associates in Science Degree in Human Services will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.

Become a Medical Assistant 

The program prepares individuals to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties including:

  • Patient intake and care
  • Routine diagnostic and recording procedures
  • Pre-examination assistance
  • Administration of medications
  • First aid under the supervision of a physician

Certificate Information

Administrative/Clinical Medical Assisting (30 units)

Enrollment: Open

Time of Completion: Typically 2 semesters, if beginning in fall

Estimated Costs:

  • Tuition at $46 per unit = $1380
  • Books and Materials = $1000
  • Fees: $17 – $85
    • Health Services: $17 Winter/Summer | $20 Fall/Spring
    • Parking: $50 Fall/Spring
    • Student Services Fee: $15 Fall/Spring | $2 Winter/Summer


Required Courses Medical Assisting* (30 Units)
Required CoursesTitleUnits
MDA-10Medical Terminology3
MDA-11Medical Documentation and Terminology2
MDA-50Medical Assisting Core2
MDA-54AClinical Medical Assisting I2
MDA-54BClinical Medical Assisting II4
MDA-59Medical Office Procedures3.5
MDA-60Survey of Human Diseases2
MDA-61Pharmacology for Medical Office Personnel2
MDA-100Clinical Externship3.5
BIO-45Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology3
Electives (Choose one from list below – 3 units)
Electives (3 Units)
CIS-1AIntroduction to Computer Information System3
CAT/CIS-3Computer Applications Using Windows3
CAT/CIS-80Word Processing: Microsoft Word for Windows3

*CPR is not required but recommended before seeking employment as the majority of Physician Offices require it.

Suggested Sequencing

Fall Semester | 16.5 units

  • Medical Terminology*
  • Medical Assisting Core
  • Medical Office Procedures
  • Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology*
  • Computer Applications*
  • Survey of Human Disease (on-line)

*Courses may be taken in the summer prior to starting the program.

Winter Semester | 2 units

  • Pharmacology (on-line)

Spring Semester | 11.5

  • Clinical Medical Assisting I
  • Clinical Medical Assisting II
  • Medical Documentation and Terminology
  • Clinical Externship


  • Gainful Employment Disclosure