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Medical Assistant Training Program

Train for an exciting and high demand career as a Medical Assistant. Vista Community Clinic (VCC) and Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) are partnering in a healthcare grant to develop certificated Medical Assistants. Upon completion, CSUSM will issue a Certificate of Completion of the Medical Assistant Program. Successful completion can lead to sitting for the California Certified Medical Assistant. The program will be open to unemployed/ underemployed individuals as well as entry-level administrative staff at Vista and other community clinics.

Career Pathway:

Certified medical assistants most often work in a doctor's office, a nursing care center, or another medical facility such as a hospital, nursing home, or pharmacy. Their responsibilities include providing continuing patient care, working with doctors and nurses to meet the needs of patents, and performing administrative and clerical duties in an office environment. They greet and assist patients with paperwork, show patients to their exam rooms, and take patients' vitals and drawing blood. Their typical work week usually includes a full-time schedule during regular business hours, although they may be hired for night shifts.

  • Interview and record patients' medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

WIOA and MyCAA funding approved

2017 Program Flyer

Medical Assistant