Merced, CA Medical Assistant Program

The healthcare field is growing and constantly changing. More than ever, healthcare employers including hospitals, doctor’s offices and clinics are relying heavily on medical assistants.

The Medical Assistant program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skills you will need as an entry-level medical assistant.

The Medical Assistant program includes:

  • 160 Hours of classroom instruction
  • CPR Training
  • 160 Hour externship


The Program can prepare you to take one or more state or national certification exams like the Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) or the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022. Being a medical assistant is also a career that can lead you to other opportunities within the healthcare field.


As a student in the Medical Assistant program, you will receive training to perform a variety of administrative, laboratory and clinical duties. The program will introduce you to front office administrative responsibilities such as record keeping, scheduling appointments and processing insurance claims. The majority of the program will focus on back office clinical responsibilities. You will receive hands-on training on how to conduct a variety of diagnostic tests, take vital signs, draw blood (venipuncture), give injections and assist the doctor in patient procedures. You will also learn medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and pharmacology.

Once you complete the classroom portion of the program, you will attend a 160-hour externship where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learned.


To learn more about educational and career opportunities as a Medical Assistant, contact CalRegional today.

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