Start Your Path to a Healthcare Career as a Medical Assistant. 

NOCE’s Medical Assistant Certificate provides the first steps to enter a new career. If you enjoy helping others and working with doctors, enroll today! 

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This program will prepare students for an entry-level position as a medical assistant in an administrative and/or a clinical setting. The program consists of courses that prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform a medical assistant’s tasks in medical and healthcare settings.

What You’ll Learn

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NOCE’s programs can put you on the path for exciting new career opportunities and more earning potential.  Get started today!

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As a medical assistant, you’ll help your healthcare facility run efficiently. This involves performing clinical and administrative duties. Admin duties may include: scheduling appointments, maintaining medical and billing records, and coding insurance information. Clinical duties may include: taking and recording vital signs, recording medical histories, preparing patients for exams, and administering medication.  

Career Highlights and Opportunities

  • English language – reading, writing, and speaking skills usually at or above an ESL (English as a Second Language) level of intermediate low 
  • Social PerceptivenessUnderstanding people’s reactions 
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions 
  • Medical Assistant (MA) 
  • Medical Office Assistant 
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) 
  • Clinical Assistant 
  • Medical Reception/Receptionist 
  • Medical Administrative
  • Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians’ instructions to patients.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
  • Schedule appointments for patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I receive when finished and how long does it take?

    Students who complete the Medical Assistant program receive a certificate with an emphasis in Front Office or Front and Back Office work. The program can be completed in as little as 8-10 months.

  • How much does it cost?

    The Medical Assistant courses are tuition-free. However, students are responsible for covering the cost of textbooks, scrubs, course supplies, and a parking pass. 

  • What are the jobs and how much do they pay in California?

    Career opportunities include medical assistant, medical office assistant, certified medical assistant, clinical assistant, medical reception/receptionist, and medical administrative  

    • Number of jobs in 2018: 9,569 
    • 2018-28 projected job growth: 22% 
    • Entry-level pay in 2018: $28,808/annually, $13.85/hour 
    • Median pay in 2018: $34,715/annually, $16.69/hour 

    Note: Salary and employment outlook is for Orange County, CA, and will vary depending on skill, experience, employer, and geographic location.   

Headshot of Mohammed Jamal
I was a physician in my home country of Syria, and I was highly credentialed in nutritional medicine. But, as a father of three I made the difficult decision to leave my home country and come to the United States for better opportunities. I enrolled in the Medical Assistant Certificate Program at NOCE so I can one day practice medicine again in the U.S. Mohammed Jamal
CTE Program Graduate – Medical Assistant Certificate Program