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Medical Assistant

Program Highlights

"SJVC’s Medical Assistant programs train graduates to work as Medical Assistants in medical offices and specialty clinics. Our programs help students learn the skills they need to be an important member of the healthcare team. SJVC offers the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program for students seeking a Certificate of Completion, and the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant (CAMA) program for those seeking an Associate of Science degree. Program availability varies by campus.

  • Patient care
  • Medical office procedures
  • Laboratory skills
  • Medical administrative practices*
  • * CAMA-specific training

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Medical Assistant programs are qualified to work in a variety of medical environments such as medical offices or hospitals. Qualified professionals are often expected to carry out the following job duties:

  • Take medical histories & vital signs
  • Assist the physician with procedures
  • Clean & sterilize equipment
  • Perform office accounting, bookkeeping & billing*
  • Process insurance claims*
  • * CAMA program

Certificate or A.S. Degree
SJVC students can prepare for work as a medical assistant by choosing the credential level that best meets their needs and career goals. The Certificate-level Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) program offers all of the basic training required to work in a doctor’s office, with an emphasis on clinical, back-office procedures. Graduates of the Clinical and Administrative Medical
Assisting (CAMA) program earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree and benefit from advanced training in medical office procedures and increased flexibility with both front- and back-office skills.

Certifications Earned
CMA graduates earn a Certificate of Completion and CAMA graduates earn an Associate of Science degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT). Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification, CPR and First Aid Certification.

Medical Assistant: San Joaquin Valley College

Medical Assistant - San Joaquin Valley College