The Medical Assistant Program begins a new class every Fall.
In MA 072, students will be required to complete clearances that include a background check and drug screen, basic physical exam and immunizations, and CPR card from the American Heart Association.
The required uniform will be required in Externship Classes – MA 074 and 086
The Medical Assistant Program prepares students to take the certification exam to become certified in California. Both front and back office courses are offered. A total of 26.5 units is required to obtain a Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting from IVC.
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.
|MA Course of Study||Units||Hours|
Medical Terminology (Prerequisite)
|MA 070||Administrative Medical Assistant I||4.5||81|
Administrative Medical Assistant II
Externship - Administrative (Front Office)
|MA 080||Specimen Collection & Lab Procedures||3.5||81|
Exam Room Procedures
Pharmacology & Administration of Medication
Externship - Clinical (Back Office)
How ro Enroll:
Course Secuencing (Effective F16) :
|MA 070||MA 074||MA 080||MA 084|
|MA 072||MA 082||MA 086|
A separate application is not required to begin MA. Students enroll in the prerequisite course - AHP 100 - before pursuing any of the MA courses. A C grade or better is required before progressing to the next course. The course syllabi details the specifics for each course https://syllabi.imperial.edu/
|Tuition (26.5 units)||$ 1,219.00|
Year-round testing is conducted through the. Students take all sections of the exam - Basic plus Administrative and Clinical - to become certified as Medical Assistants in California. Students apply for the exam during MA 084.
· CMAA – California Medical Assistants Association - http://www.cmaa-ca.org/
· The Medical Board of California – Medical Assistants - http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Licensees/Physicians_and_Surgeons/Medical_Assistants/
· CCBMA Certification Testing - http://www.pearsonvue.com/ccbma/
· Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) - http://www.nhanow.com/certifications/clinical-medical-assistant
For More Information:
The Nursing & Allied Health Office is located in the 2100 Health Sciences Building, Office 2155 – 760-355-6348.