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Medical Assisting Program | Careers in Health | College of Marin

College of Marin’s 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.

As a student, you will learn to perform a variety of clinical, laboratory, and administrative functions in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, laboratories, and hospital departments, opening a wide range of doors in the Medical Assisting field.

Medical Assisting Program Options – What does COM Offer?

CLICK on the program award to view costs and required classes for each certificate and degree

Medical Assisting, Administrative & Clinical Certificate of Achievement (32.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$1976.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$1000.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (16.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 160Introduction to Medical Assisting Careers2.0
MEDA 161Administrative Medical Office Procedures2.0
MEDA 162Medical Financial Procedures1.5
MEDA 164The Electronic Health Record2.0
MEDA 164LThe Electronic Health Record Lab0.5
MEDA 165Medical Terminology I2.0
MEDA 170Clinical Procedures2.0
MEDA 170LClinical Procedures Lab1.0
MEDA 172Understanding Human Diseases3.0
 
Required Courses (Example 2nd Semester) (13.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 163Medical Office Computers ? MediSoft2.0
MEDA 163LMedical Office Computers ? MediSoft Lab0.5
MEDA 166Medical Terminology II2.0
MEDA 171Medical Laboratory Procedures2.5
MEDA 171LMedical Laboratory Procedures Lab1.5
MEDA 173Pharmacology for Medical Assistants2.0
MEDA 174LCMedical Assisting Externship2.5
 
Electives (3 units, suggested 2nd semester) (3.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
BOS 151Electronic Office Skills3.0
CIS 102Beginning MS Word1.5
CIS 126Introduction to Windows1.5
 

Medical Assisting, Administrative Certificate of Achievement (20.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$1058.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$500.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (10.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 160Introduction to Medical Assisting Careers2.0
MEDA 161Administrative Medical Office Procedures2.0
MEDA 162Medical Financial Procedures1.5
MEDA 164The Electronic Health Record2.0
MEDA 164LThe Electronic Health Record Lab0.5
MEDA 165Medical Terminology I2.0
 
Required Courses (Example 2nd Semester) (10.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 163Medical Office Computers ? MediSoft2.0
MEDA 163LMedical Office Computers ? MediSoft Lab0.5
MEDA 166Medical Terminology II2.0
MEDA 174LCMedical Assisting Externship2.5
 
Electives (3 units, suggested 2nd semester) (3.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
BOS 151Electronic Office Skills3.0
CIS 102Beginning MS Word1.5
CIS 126Introduction to Windows1.5
 

Medical Assisting, Clinical Occupational Certificate of Achievement (26.0 units)

Time to Completion:2 semesters (minimum)
Estimated Tuition Fees:$1352.00
Estimated Books & Supplies:$800.00
Required Courses (Example 1st Semester) (12.50 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 160Introduction to Medical Assisting Careers2.0
MEDA 164The Electronic Health Record2.0
MEDA 164LThe Electronic Health Record Lab0.5
MEDA 165Medical Terminology I2.0
MEDA 170Clinical Procedures2.0
MEDA 170LClinical Procedures Lab1.0
MEDA 172Understanding Human Diseases3.0
 
Required Courses (Example 2nd Semester) (0.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
MEDA 166Medical Terminology II2.0
MEDA 171Medical Laboratory Procedures2.5
MEDA 171LMedical Laboratory Procedures Lab1.5
MEDA 173Pharmacology for Medical Assistants2.0
MEDA 174LCMedical Assisting Externship2.5
 
Electives (3 units, suggested 2nd semester) (0.00 units)
Class CodeNameUnits
Beginning MS Word0.0
Electronic Office Skills0.0
Introduction to Windows0.0
 
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin.
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Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see marin.edu/paying-college.
  -For information about opportunities for financial aid, please visit marin.edu/financial-aid
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or financial aid and enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
Some classes may have prerequisites. Please meet with a College of Marin Counselor to plan your education path and determine which classes are necessary for you.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

JOB TITLE: Medical Assistant

  • Annual Earnings: $28,220 to $60,850
  • What They Do: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

JOB TITLE: Medical  Secretary

  • Annual Earnings: $29,860 to $64,820
  • What They Do: Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
To explore these professions in more detail or find out about other growing professions, visit onetonline.org.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (www.economicmodeling.com); data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200

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

READY TO GET STARTED?

Questions? Call Us!

  • Admissions (415) 457-8811 x8822
  • Counseling Office (415) 485-9432
  • Career Education (415) 457-8811 x8200

Why Choose College of Marin for Medical Assisting?

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

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!)

This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or admissions@marin.edu.
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 www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.