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Medical Assisting
Certificate of Achievement: 36.5 units
Associate in Science Degree: 60 units

The Medical Assistant profession is the fastest growing occupation through 2014! (US Department of Labor)
The Cabrillo College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). We are one of 5 colleges in Northern California with this national accreditation!

The classification of medical assistant is defined under the provisions of the Medical Practice Act (Business
and Professions Code sections 2069-2071):

"Medical assistant" means a person who may be unlicensed, who performs basic administrative, clerical,
and technical supportive services for a licensed physician, surgeon, podiatrist, physician assistant,
a nurse practitioner, or a nurse-midwife.”

Medical Assistants may work in a private practice office, clinic, hospital, outpatient department, health
services, or assisted living environments.



Rooms patients
Takes patient vitals, medical history and intakes
Prepares lab specimens for diagnostics
Administers injections
Draws blood
Administers EKG tests or operates other diagnostic/therapeutic equipment
Provides chair-side assistance to physician; assists with minor surgery
Administers medication
Processes prescriptions
Provides basic patient care
Maintains patient chart


Same duties as Medical Receptionist
Computer skills
Records management
Public Relations
Office management


Energetic, active
People skills
Calm, patient, compassionate
Works independently while being part of a team


$12-$17 per hour depending on geographical location and medical specialty

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