Health and Public Service

Medical Assisting

Do you enjoy helping people? Are you looking for an in demand, well-paying career? Medical Assisting might be right for you!

Healthcare is the second largest employer in Santa Cruz County and Medical Assisting Program graduates are in huge demand. Medical assisting is projected to be one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States.

  • The career outlook for Medical Assistants (MAs) is growing almost 5 times higher than other careers and healthcare is projected to add the most new positions and have the fastest job growth for the 2020-2030 employment projection.

  • The average salary in California is $42,990.

  • You can get your certificate in just two semesters and 160 externship hours.

Medical Assisting Application Information

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MAs perform a variety of clinical and administrative tasks within a medical office or outpatient clinical setting.

  • Obtain medical histories & vital signs

  • Prepare patients for procedures

  • Assist medical providers

  • Administer immunizations & perform lab tests

  • Schedule appointments & maintain charts

The Accelerated Medical Assisting Program (AMAP) is offered every Fall and Spring semester. You'll learn from skilled faculty who have real world experience in the field of Medical Assisting.

Spend some time on this website to learn more about this exciting field, review Frequently Asked Questions, learn about job preparation and see current job openings, and, for those already working in the field, check out opportunities to advance in your career.

Financial aid and academic counseling are available to help you succeed.


Ready to get started?

Contact Ashlyn James for more information.

If you have an application related question, please contact Natalya Miller.