Medical Assistant Program
The Medical Assistant Program at California Healing Arts College is designed to prepare you for the real world of working in a busy and growing medical office or clinical environment. Certified Medical Assistants are the heart of any good medical practice: you are the person who first greets a new patient, records her blood pressure and other vital signs, and helps her feel as relaxed and reassured as possible.
A skilled Medical Assistant makes all the difference. That’s why the focus at California Healing Arts College is upon your Medical Assistant training in front-office and back-office clinical skills and common-sense customer service.
You’ll be learning medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, phlebotomy, medical office management, and a whole lot more. If you enjoy helping others and like the challenge of working in an interesting, professional, fast-paced environment, then becoming a Medical Assistant may be the perfect career choice for you. We invite you to call us, to find out more.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A medical assistant program at CHAC prepares individuals to be able to:
- Communicate and correspond with the public
- Put patients at ease by explaining the physician’s or health practitioner’s instructions
- Assume office manager responsibilities and duties
- Maintain patient confidentiality
- Become familiar with the physician’s goals
- Understand basic pharmaceutical principles
- Learn about medical law and adhere to ethical standards
One major task for a Medical Assistant is to assist in ensuring smooth operations throughout the office. However, this differs significantly from a physician assistant or nursing role. Instead, A Medical Assistant works alongside nurses and others on the health care team, treating all types of patients, from newborns to senior citizens.
Program Length Class Schedule
36 Weeks • 800 Clock Hours (additional hours required for class preparation and homework) • 43 Credits
Monday-Thursday • 8:00 am to 1:00 pm or 5:30 pm to 10:30pm
(20 hours per week with breaks.)
Externships are normally conducted in affiliated clinics generally during daytime working hours
from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and scheduled for 35 hours per week (7 hours per day) for total of six weeks.
Please check with the Admissions Department for the start dates and schedules of a particular program.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The total charges include all books and supplies, STRF fee, as well as administrative fees for registration and graduation. California Healing Arts College participates in several types of funding programs, and we offer several options for tuition payment. A staff of well-qualified financial aid advisors are available to advise and assist you in applying for aid. All prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance if unable to meet educational costs on their own.
Program Description and Vocational Objective
The MA program prepares students for an entry-level position in the medical field as a front and/or back office assistant. Positions are available in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduate will be able to perform EKG; prepare strips for evaluation; perform venipuncture; collect specimens; collect patient data; perform vital signs, CPR, and First Aid; perform simple lab tests (e.g., Urinalysis, Hematocrit); prepare patients for physical examinations; and assist physicians in minor surgeries.
CHAC is a member of NATIONAL HEALTHCAREER ASSOCIATION (“NHA”)
Our Career Services staff is eager to provide placement assistance to all graduates, including résumé preparation, job-seeking skills, and interviewing techniques. To enhance your career planning, a review of these items will be supplemented with job leads after successful completion of the program. While we cannot guarantee employment, Career Services will assist in securing a job that’s right for you.
- Be at least 18 years old (if younger than 18, must provide valid high school diploma or equivalent).
- Has Previously Passed a nationally standardized entrance exam (Necessary for those without a HS diploma).
- Interview with an admissions representative and tour the campus.
- Complete all requisite forms in the admissions packet.
Call us toll free at (310) 826-7622 to learn first-hand how California Healing Arts College can help you change your life today!
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