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Medical Assistant

Offered at Vista Community Clinic

Overview

Start or grow your career in the healthcare industry with this Medical Assistant training program, offered in partnership by CSUSM and Vista Community Clinic (VCC). This program combines classroom training and clinical experience to ensure you are equipped with the necessary skills to become a successful medical assistant.

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Information Sessions

Learn about program details, costs, the registration process and much more.

  • None at this time.
  • Convenient format

    Classes are held on weeknights and Saturdays in this accelerated program

  • Learn from the best

    Classes are taught by experienced medical assistant educators

  • Prepare for Certification

    Successful completion of this program enables you to sit for the California Certified Medical Assistant exam

  • Job Placement Assistance

    Job placement assistance is available for those who successfully complete the program

Program Details

  • AUDIENCE

    This program is open to:

    • Unemployed and underemployed individuals
    • Entry-level administrative staff at Vista and other community clinics
    • Those looking to enter the healthcare field

    Applicant requirements:

    • Must be at least 18 years of age to apply
    • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
    • Bilingual desired, but not required
  • SCHEDULE, REGISTRATION & FEES

    Course Dates Registration

    Medical Assistant Training Program

    April 20 - Oct. 31, 2020

    MA Application

    Course Details

    • Classes held at Vista Community Clinic at 4700 N. River Road, Oceanside, CA 92057
    • Classes held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-9:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Program fee is $3,000
    • Additional fees include cost for CSUSM ID and CPR/BLS training
    • This program is not eligible for financial aid

    Fee Includes

    • Course materials, including required textbook

    Savings

    • WIOA and MyCAA funding approved; call the veteran services coordinator at 760-750-8705 for more information

    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.

    Application Process

    1. Complete the application and submit it via email to MAProgram@vcc.clinic or by mail to:
      La Tortuga Administrative and Program Offices (2nd floor)
      Attn: MA Training Program
      465 La Tortuga Drive, Vista, CA 92081
    2. VCC will conduct interviews at their discretion
    3. Once accepted into the program by VCC, you will receive a link to officially enroll
    4. Payment is required in full at time of registration

    Reinstatement to the program

    There is a required $50 reinstatement fee payable prior to being officially reinstated to the program. Please use this link to submit your payment.

  • COURSE TOPICS

    This program requires a commitment of six months, 360 classroom hours and 160 internship and externship hours.

    This program will help you:

    • Understand the roles and responsibilities in healthcare
    • Obtain a basic understanding of medical law and ethics
    • Understand and apply professional communications
    • Obtain a basic understanding of medical terminology
    • Understand basic anatomy and physiology of the human body
    • Be proficient in business communications
    • Understand the patient’s record
    • Learn basic medical insurance and coding
    • Learn billing and payment for medical services
    • Learn banking and accounting procedures
    • Understand preparation for clinical procedures
    • Be able to assist with examinations
    • Perform laboratory procedures
    • Perform cardiology and radiology procedures
    • Perform minor surgical procedures
    • Perform medication administration procedures
  • FAQ

    What does a medical assistant do?

    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 draw blood. Their typical workweek 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, and billing and coding for insurance purposes.

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please contact Eric Sandoval, our veteran services coordinator at 760-750-8705 or esandoval@csusm.edu to learn more about how to use your benefits and to see what funding or discounts are available.


 

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