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Become a Medical Assistant and Help Others

Want a job in healthcare? Certified medical assisting may be for you.

Certified medical assistants help others. They help deliver healthcare to patients of all ages and backgrounds.

Medical Assistant Skills

  • Great verbal and written communication skills, bilingual desired
  • Work well both independently and in a team
  • Can follow directions, multi-task and observe details
  • Good at using computers
  • Strong math skills

Medical Assistant Tasks

Medical assistants work in doctors’ offices. They also work in clinics and other medical facilities.

Tasks include the following:

  • Schedule appointments
  • Maintain medical records
  • Take and record vital signs and medical histories
  • Prepare patients for exams
  • Collect blood and other lab specimens

Salary for Medical Assistants

  • Average salary is $33,850 and can increase up to $50,900. 
  • Average hourly salary is $16.28 and can increase up to $24.47.
    (“How much does a Medical Assistant make in California?” Sokanu, accessed October 2017.)

The Certified Medical Assistant Program at Sierra College

Your work at Sierra College will include the following:

  • Three semesters of classes
  • Clinical practicum: 160 hours

When you finish the program, you will be eligible for the national certification exam.

Prerequisites

Complete these classes before you enter the program in Fall 2018:

  • HSCI 0003: Medical Terminology, 3 units
  • English N: Introduction to College Writing, 3 units (or higher or equivalent)
  • CIS 0050: Applying Computer Software, 3 units
  • HED 0002: Health Education, 3 units
  • BIOL 0055: General Human Anatomy and Physiology, 4 units (or BIOL 5 and 6)

To find out more, contact the Nursing Department. 

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