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Medical Assisting Program | Careers in Health | College of Marin

Career Options

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Secretary
  • Clerical and Medical Lab Technicians

Career Profile

The Medical Assisting program develops the basic entry-level skills necessary for employment in a clinical or medical office environment.

In a rapidly growing profession, medical assistants work directly with physicians and other health care personnel as team members to provide patient services.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Preparing patients for medical examinations.
  • Organizing patient files according to industry standards and laws.
  • Managing administrative duties, scheduling patient appointments.
  • Acting as the liaison between patients and insurance agencies.
  • Performing ECG and pulmonary function tests.
  • Giving injections.
  • Performing basic CLIA wave lab tests such as hemoglobin test, glucose test, staph and mononucleosis tests among others.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate or degree in Medical Assisting at College of Marin.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting, Administrative & Clinical – 32 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2-3 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $1,472 in tuition and fees; $1,100 in books & supplies.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting, Administrative – 20 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $920 in tuition and fees; $500 in books & supplies.

Certificate of Achievement, Medical Assisting, Clinical Occupational – 26 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 2 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $1,196 in tuition and fees; $800 in books & supplies.

Associate Degree in Medical Assisting – 60+ units

  • Time to Complete: Two years (4 semesters) for full-time students.

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents.
    • Starting here is a terrific and inexpensive way to start your career in real estate.
    • Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.
  • High Quality Instruction for In-Demand Jobs: Career education programs at College of Marin prepare students for well-paying, high-demand careers at a fraction of the expense of private programs. Our graduates enter the workforce as innovative critical thinkers with comprehensive skills directly connected to real-world needs.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth.
  • Connected to Industry Leaders: Our instructors are highly experienced and well-connected industry professionals recognized as healthcare experts who understand what it takes to be part of a successful healthcare team. We have an excellent working relationship with Kaiser Permanente and other state-wide healthcare providers and work with them to ensure a quality learning experience during students’ clinical externships.
  • Realistic Clinical Setting: The MEDA lab is equipped with modern technology that replicates real clinical settings providing a whole exposure and hands-on experience.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Medical Assisting Dept.

(415) 457-8811 x8536

Program Coordinator
Cesar Pomajulca, MD, graduated San Marcos University, Lima, Peru –
(415) 457-8811 x8536

Medical Assisting Advisory Committee

Fran Brown, Kaiser Permanente | Helen Cortopassi, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital | Caran Cuneo, Marin County Workforce Investment | Gregory A. DeBourgh, University of San Francisco | Sarah Eydam, UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland | Cynthia Harrison, Health Workforce Initiative, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office | Annette Hensley, John Muir Behavioral Health | Peggy Hilden, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals | Roxanne Holms, John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek | Allan Jennings, San Quentin State Prison | Mark Kobe, Sonoma Valley Memorial Hospital | Karin Reece, Marin General Hospital | Pam Schribner, Marin Community Clinics | Jonalyn Wallace, Kaiser Permanente | Nikki West, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional Office | Katie Wickes, Kaiser Permanente | Shira Wight, Kaiser Permanente | Diane Wills-Garner, Kaiser Permanente Oakland

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
Typically 2 semesters for one Certificate of Achievement.
Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.
What are my job prospects as a Medical Assistant?
There is a high demand for Medical Assistants! An estimated 85% of our students are hired before even completing the program.

A Medical Assisting certificate can be a step to getting a degree, and also a great stepping stone to going into further health careers (MD, Physical Therapy, RN, etc.) Medical Assisting opens many doors in clinical and administrative environments too.

Where can I work as a Medical Assistant?

Once you complete your education and get your certificate, there are Medical Assisting jobs just about everywhere. Medical Assisting is highly portable – credentials are recognized throughout the US, and typically internationally too!

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)