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Department Chair: Barbara Johnson
Program Coordinator Elissa Kurk
Program Office Email: maoffice
Phone: (831) 479-6430
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Medical Assisting

Applications are no longer being accepted for the Accelerated Medical Assisting Program’s Fall 2020 cohort. The "Apply" button closed at 5:30 pm on 4/10/2020. All applicants who applied before 5:30 pm on 4/10/20 were emailed on 4/17/2020 with instructions on how to be eligible for the Fall 2020 lottery selection. If you applied but you did not receive an email on 4/17, please first check your spam folder then email

The Accelerated Medical Assisting Department (AMAP) provides a new, streamlined path to a career as a Certified Medical Assistant. Modeled after Cabrillo’s Nursing, Radiological Technology, and Dental Hygiene programs, all students will take the same block of classes and move through the program together as one cohort. The courses provide a strong foundation in the essential skills employers have told us are needed to succeed in this career.

The first semester includes courses that develop the necessary math and writing skills as they are used in this profession. Each semester builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the previous one, so that by the end students are positioned for success.

This nationally-accredited program is full time, Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:30. It is designed to result in a Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement, including completion of externship hours, within three semesters. Students may also complete an Associate in Science degree.

The three-semester program begins each Fall and Spring, with a mandatory orientation and Foundation Course. Students sign up for the entire block of classes, and they are guaranteed placement in all required medical assisting courses for the length of the program.

What is Needed

To be eligible to participate in the Accelerated Medical Assisting Program, you must complete the following prerequisite courses:

  • MA70 Medical Terminology

    Teaches allied health students fundamentals of medical word building with emphasis on prefixes, word roots, suffixes, combining forms, abbreviations, and lay terms. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

  • English Requirement: Effective for the 2020-2021 academic year, the English requirement is English 1A or the equivalent course.

Fall 2020 First Semester Courses

Fall 2020 courses will be held Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.
Courses include:

  • ALH 110: Pre-semester Foundation Course, 1 unit

  • MA 100: MA Essentials, 4 units

  • MA 125: Clinical Skills for Medical Assistants I, 4 units

  • MA170: Medical Terminology: Structure and Function, 4 units

  • MA173A: Medical Law and Ethics, 2 units

  • MA184: Healthcare Communication, 2 units

Total Units: 17

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The Fall 2020 Accelerated Medical Assisting Program application closed on April 10, 2020. All applicants who applied before 5:30 pm on April 10, 2020 were emailed on April 17, 2020 with instructions to follow in order to be eligible for the lottery selection for the class.

The application form for Spring 2021 will be posted on this website in early fall 2020. The spring 2021 application dates will be posted soon.


The Cabrillo College Medical Assisting Department is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Contact: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763, 717-210-2350.

2019 Annual Report Form (ARF):

Data for 2017 Admission Cohort: 

Retention rate: 95%

Data for 2018 Graduates: 

Job Placement rate: 66%

Data for 2017 Graduation Cohort:

Exam passage rate: 71.4%



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