News & Updates

  • Starting Fall 2015, courses will change from AHP to MA, and scheduling has been arranged to allow completion in 3 semesters
  • Students enrolling in the MA Program will be expected to complete a background check and drug screen, basic physical exam, and obtain a current Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR card from American Heart Association before entering the Externship areas. Information is provided to students after enrollment. All costs are incurred by the student. A uniform, name badge, and accessories will also be required

Industry Information

Medical Assistants help physicians examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks to keep offices and clinics running smoothly. MAs usually handle clerical and clinical duties and report directly to the office manager or physician. Some clerical duties include answering phones, greeting patients, updating patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admission and lab services. Some clinical back-office duties include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for exams, and assisting during the exam.

Medical assistant employment is expected to grow in the next decade. The expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment will result in an increased use of medical assistants by healthcare establishments.

Imperial Valley College has classes in Medical Assisting that prepare students to take a Certification exam to become certified medical assistants (CMA) in California. Both front and back office courses (Basic Administrative and Clinical) are offered. A total of 26.5 units is required to obtain a certificate of achievement. Future plans include a degree option in MA and State accreditation.

 

 MA Course of Study   Units Hours 
 AHP 100

Medical Terminology (Prerequisite)

 3   54
 MA 070  Administrative Medical Assistant I  4.5  81 
 MA 072

 Administrative Medical Assistant II

 4.5  81 
 MA 074

 Externship - Administrative (Front Office)

 2  108
 MA 080  Specimen Collection & Lab Procedures  3.5  81
 MA 082

 Exam Room Procedures 

 3.5 81
 MA 084

 Pharmacology & Administration of Medication

 3.5  81
 MA 086

 Externship - Clinical (Back Office)

 2  108
Total Units/Hours  26.5  675

 

 

How ro Enroll:

  • Register for AHP 100, Medical Terminology. Students who are new to IVC or have not attended over 2 semesters, must apply to IVC first
  • Begin registering for the MA courses above when offered
  • Courses must be taken in the order or sequence listed
  • A grade of C is required for successful completion of each course; students cannot progress to the next course if a C is not obtained. Check the course syllabus for details.



Upcoming Course Offerings:

 

 Spring 2015  Fall 2015  Winter 2016  Spring 2016  Fall 2016  Spring 2017  Fall 2017  Spring 2018
 AHP 080  MA 070  MA 074  MA 080   MA 084  MA 070  MA 080  MA 084
 AHP 082  MA 072     MA 082  MA 086  MA 072  MA 082  MA 086 
   MA 084        MA 074    
   MA 086            

 

 

 

Medical Assistant Program General Information
Uniform Code

 

Certification Exam:

 

The California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA) offers year-round computer based testing in many locations in California. To be fully certified, students must take all sections of the exam - Basic plus Administrative and Clinical. Separate testing options are also available pending which area to be certified. See below for the breakdown of front and back office courses at IVC. (To obtain the Certificate of Achievement at IVC, all courses must be completed.) Experience has shown that students who are fully certified as Medical Assistants increase their chances for employment. More information on the Certification test, application, and study materials are available directly from the website http://www.ccbma.org/ or by calling 1-866-622-2262 

 

Front Office (Administrative)

AHP 100

Medical Terminology (Prerequisite)

3

54

MA 070

Administrative Medical Assistant I

4.5

81

MA 072

Administrative Medical Assistant II

4.5

81

MA 074

Externship - Administrative

2

108

 

Back Office (Clinical)

MA 080

Specimen Collection & Lab Procedures

3.5

81

MA 082

Exam Room Procedures

3.5

81

MA 084

Pharmacology & Administration of Medication

3.5

81

MA 086

Externship - Clinical

2

108

 

 

 For questions or additional assistance:

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Download IVC Catalog for additional requirements

The courses and requirements described herein are subject to change. Students should consult a counselor to receive the most current requirements.

IVC Catalog http://www.imperial.edu/courses-and-programs/catalogs-and-schedules/

Additional Websites:

 American Association of Medical Assistants