MEDICAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM INFORMATION
Length and Kind of Program
Several options are available to those interested in working in the Ambulatory Care environment:
1. Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement
This Medical Assistant program may be completed in two semesters when started with the Fall semester. The focus is on both front office (administrative) and back office (clinical) responsibilities. A clinical lab experience is completed through an internship or occupational work experience.
2. Medical Assistant Associate in Arts Degree
The student must complete the requirements for a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting. In addition, the student must take A&P 120, electives, and general education requirements to achieve a minimum of 60 units. The length of time to complete this depends on the student’s curriculum load. See the Cerritos College Graduation Requirements.
Full time students can complete this program in two semesters when starting with the fall semester. Discussion with the department chair regarding questions on course selection is encouraged. Course selection for a full-time Fall student is recommended as follows:
Fall: MA 60, MA 63, MA 64, MA 161, HO 53, HO 54, HO 55.
Spring: MA 66, MA 67, MA 68 or MA 73 or MA 74, PSYC 101 or PSYC 150 or equivalent and additional electives if needed.
Full-time students starting in the Spring semester are advised to consult with the program chairperson regarding course selection(s).
The program is designed to help meet the needs of the part-time student as well. Course selection in numeral order is advised. Again, consult with the program chair regarding specific course selection questions. Some classes are offered in specific semesters and efficient planning is necessary.
Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement
|Course Number||Course Name||Units|
|HO54||Medical Laboratory Skills||1.0|
|MA60||Introduction to Medical Assisting||2.0|
|MA63||Health Insurance Coding and Billing||3.0|
|MA64||Medical Office Assisting||3.0|
|MA66||Medications and Specialties||3.0|
|MA67||Medical Office Administration||3.0|
|*MA68||Medical Assisting Internship Experience||4.0|
|*MA73||Medical Assisting Occupational Work Experience||(3.0)|
|*MA74||Medical Assisting Occupational Work Experience||(4.0)|
|PSYC101||General Introductory Psychology||(3.0)|
|or PSYC150||Personal and Social Adjustment||3.0|
|AND classes from the list below to complete a minimum of 29 units:|
|BCOT114||Introduction to Microsoft Office||3.5|
|CIS101||Introduction to Computer Information Systems||3.0|
|HO150||Professional/CPR and First Aid (Fall semester only)||1.5|
|SPAN223||Spanish for Health and Medical Careers (or equivalent)||3.0|
|TOTAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS:||(29) 31|
*Students may select one of these options to complete the medical assisting internship requirement. Only one option can be selected and the course may not be repeated more than one time. Students not currently employed in a medical office should enroll in MA 68. Students who are currently employed in a medical office up to 19 hours per week shouldenroll in MA 73. Students who are currently employed in a medical office more than 20 hours per week should enroll in MA 74.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Upon completion of the program, employment is available as a medical assistant, in a variety of settings: office clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and educational institutions. Job duties can entail front office (administrative) duties such as receptionist and insurance clerk to back office (clinical) duties such as assisting the provider of care or lab duties