News & Updates

  • 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

Industry Information

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 
 AHP 100

Medical Terminology (Prerequisite)

 3   54
Core Courses      
 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.

Course Secuencing (Effective F16) :


 Fall Winter  Spring  Fall
 MA 070 MA 074  MA 080  MA 084
 MA 072    MA 082  MA 086


Medical Assistant Program General Information
Uniform Code



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



Required materials include textbooks (MA 070 and 072), clearances, the required uniform and accessories, and the certification exam.  Additional costs include tuition, parking, and student fees.  Estimated costs are below for the entire program.


Tuition (26.5 units) $ 1,219.00

$ 90.00

Textbooks $ 125.00
Clearances $ 270.00



Students enrolled in MA must receive full clearance before entering the approved externship sites.  A background check and urine drug screen will be required as well as a current CPR card, physical exam, TB screen, and immunizations (Influenza [during flu season], 2-step MMR, Hepatitis B series, Tdap, and Varicella).  Students enter documentation into an online tracking system (called COMPLIO) and each student must be listed as 'Compliant' in the system to remain in the program.  More information is provided in class.


Certification Exam:

Year-round testing is conducted through theCalifornia Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA)  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.

Additional Resources:

·   CMAA – California Medical Assistants Association -

·   The Medical Board of California – Medical Assistants -

·   CCBMA Certification Testing -

·   Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) -


For More Information:

The Nursing & Allied Health Office is located in the 2100 Health Sciences Building, Office 2155 – 760-355-6348.

·   Justina Aguirre, RN, MSN – Dean of Health & Public Safety – 760-355-6347 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·   Stella Orfanos-Woo – Nursing & Allied Health Counselor – 760-355-6259 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·   Dolores Hartfield – Staff Secretary – 760-355-6468 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

·   Laura Hartsock – Administrative Secretary – 760-355-6348 – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.