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.

Clinical duties performed by medical assistants may vary according to state law. Medical assistants perform any combination of the following duties under the direction of physician, in order to assist in the examination and treatment of patients:

  • Calling medical facilities to schedule patients for tests
  • Cleaning and sterilizing instruments
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Computing and mailing monthly statements to patients, including receipt of money for bills
  • Draping patients with covering and position instruments and equipment
  • Entering financial transactions into bookkeeping ledgers
  • Explaining treatment procedures to patients
  • Giving injections or treatments to patients
  • Handing instruments and materials to the doctor as directed
  • Interviewing patients
  • Make inventory and ordering / re-ordering medical supplies and materials
  • Keeping x-ray and other billing and medical records
  • Measuring vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight and height, and record
  • Information on patients’ charts
  • Operating electrocardiograph (EKG) and other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests
  • Performing secretarial tasks, including keying data into the computer to maintain office and patient records
  • Preparing treatment rooms for examination of patients
  • Scheduling appointments

A graduate of a Medical Assistant program may apply for a license, but this is not always required. In order to be approved for certain tasks (e.g., handling x-ray equipment and medical note-taking procedures), some states may require additional tests or courses as well.

The demand for Medical Assistants has grown significantly in recent years, and employment prospects look promising. The high rate of health care services being provided is the main reason for the need of skilled professionals in this area. As the health care industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, as well as the aging and growth of the population, there will continue be an increasing need for health care workers. More than 60 percent of medical assistants are employed at physicians’ offices. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( estimates that employment of medical assistants is expected to grow at a much faster rate than other occupations, to 34 percent through 2018 – 2028. Graduates of CHAC’s Medical Assistant program can choose to work in a variety of locations, including (but not limited to):
  • Ambulatory health care service
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Group practices
  • Hospitals
  • Medical laboratories
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Physician offices
  • Public and private education services
  • State and local government health care agencies

(a) Be a high school graduate or equivalent
(b) Be at least 18 years of age
(c) Be physically fit enough to perform the required tasks for your training

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Program Length Class Schedule

30 Weeks • 900 Clock Hours • 32 Credits
Monday-Friday • 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
(30 hours per week with breaks. Lunch is an additional ½ hr.)

38 Weeks • 900 Clock Hours • 32 Credits
Monday-Friday • 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
(22.5 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 30 hours per week (6 hours per day) for total of six weeks.

Not all programs are offered at all campuses and not all campuses offer programs during all sessions.
Please check with the Admissions Department for the start dates and schedules of a particular program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total tuition includes 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 officers is 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.


Placement Assistance

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

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