Medical Assistant Program

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students for employment as a medical assistant in a physicians office or clinic. The curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative (front office) and clinical (back office) medical assisting skills.

Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures (including electronic health records (EHR), appointment scheduling, billing, and insurance), assisting with examinations, laboratory procedures (including venipuncture, pharmacology and injections), electrocardiography, public relations, supervision and practice-building techniques.

A 150-hour externship experience helps provide the student with the skills necessary to enter this field.


ALL THINGS MEDICAL ASSISTING

See our Application to Graduation sheet for everything you need to know from applying to the college to completing the Medical Assistant Program

Spring 2020 Schedule of Classes


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Medical Assisting Brochure

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Dear Students, 

To minimize transmission of COVID-19, and to maintain instructional continuity to the extent possible, faculty have been working tirelessly to convert in-person and lecture lab classes to online. 

Unfortunately at this time, all non-essential personnel (students) have been prohibited from participating in clinical activities, internships, externships, preceptorships, and field work experiences at local hospitals, health care facilities and other similar course related experiences. These courses have been suspended with the goal of completing them by the end of the term or possibly into summer.  Students please do not drop your classes. 

The college will send out official notification regarding the status of your classes on Thursday March 19th.  After the official announcement students are encouraged to contact their course faculty for further direction.  

Thank you for your understanding,

Diane Pestolesi, Dean of Health Sciences & Human Services


CURRENT STUDENT INFORMATION

Externship Requirement Packet

CastleBranch - Background Check and Drug Test

Professional Liability Insurance - HPSO application

Health Clearance - Must be signed off at Student Health Center

CCBMA Exam - learn more about the CCBMA and how to take the exam.

Spring '20 Student Success Open Lab Calendar

 

 

 

CERTIFICATES

***Don’t forget you must apply for a degree, certificate, occupational skills award, or transfer at Saddleback College. These are not automatically issued. You MUST apply for them. Please review the links provided below for further information.***

Graduation / Degree and Certificate Information | Saddleback College

Application Deadlines

Location: SSC 102
Phone: (949) 582-4555
Email us

Regular Office & Telephone Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:00am to 5:00pm

Friday
8:00am to 3:00pm


***FAFSA***

Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office https://www.saddleback.edu/fao


Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as an administrative (front office) medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The Administrative Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare the student to schedule appointments, perform medical reception duties, handle financial matters (including medical collection), manage electronic health records and other medical records, and do insurance billing. The externship in the front office of a physician's office will help provide the student with the administrative experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as a clinical (back office) medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The program is designed to prepare the student to aid the physician by assisting with examinations and treatments, performing venipunctures and collecting other routine laboratory procedures, assisting with office surgery, giving medications including by injection, performing electrocardiograms, practicing medical and surgical asepsis, and working with electronic health records and other medical records. An externship in the back office of a physician's office will help provide the student with the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Comprehensive Medical Assistant Certificate Program

This program prepares the student for employment as a medical assistant in a physician's office or clinic. The curriculum is designed to provide training in both administrative and clinical procedures and practices. Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures, including appointment scheduling, billing, insurance, medical reception, medical records management, surgical and laboratory procedures, electronic health records and other medical records management, surgical and laboratory procedures, venipuncture, pharmacology, injections, electrocardiography, public relations, and practice-building techniques. An externship in a physician's office combining administrative and clinical experience helps provide the student with the clinical experience necessary to enter the workforce.

Students are required to hold a valid basic life support CPR card for healthcare providers and carry malpractice insurance while in MA 217C.


Susan White, RN, MSN, CAPA

Department Chair – Medical Assistant Program

949-582-4912

 

Chelsey Tyson, BS

Program Specialist

949-582-4973


*Please review the explanation of the Medical Assistant Program Courses by Semester carefully so that you will be certain to enroll in all of the required courses when they are offered.  Note that all clinical courses and three of the administrative courses are only offered one semester each year.