Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting

The Accelerated Medical Assisting Program (AMAP) is now accepting applications for the Fall'21 semester. The online application is posted below. In order to be eligible for the fall lottery selection for the class, applicants must have completed the prerequisites, MA70-Medical Terminology and ENGL1A-English Composition OR the classes must be in progress during the spring 2021 semester. 

The Accelerated Medical Assisting Department (AMAP) provides a new, streamlined path to a career as a Certified Medical Assistant. Modeled after Cabrillo’s Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology 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, College Composition or the equivalent course.

Fall 2021 First Semester Courses

Fall 2021 courses will be held Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 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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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%

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.
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