Certificate in Medical Assistant Training

SJVC's Medical Assistant classes prepare graduates to work in medical offices and specialty clinics. Training helps students learn the skills required to be a valuable member of the healthcare team. Students can prepare for work as a medical assistant by choosing the credential level that best meets their needs and career goals.

The Certificate-level Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program offers all of the basic training required to work in a doctor's office, with an emphasis on clinical, back-office procedures.

Doctors are encouraged to switch from paper charts to electronic records while continuing to give their patients the best care possible. To help achieve that goal, physicians are looking to hire Medical Assistants who are specifically trained in Electronic Health Records (EHR). Students get that training at SJVC and graduates are eligible to take several national certifications and credentialing examinations which will qualify them for these positions

Skills Students Learn:

  • Patient care
  • Medical office procedures
  • Laboratory skills
  • Medical administrative practices*

* CAMA-specific training

Medical Assistant Career Opportunities

A well-trained medical assistant is qualified to work in a variety of medical environments such as medical offices, clinics or hospitals. Graduates can expect to perform the following job duties:

  • Take medical histories & vital signs
  • Assist the physician with procedures
  • Clean & sterilize equipment
  • Perform office accounting, bookkeeping & billing*
  • Prepare insurance claims*

* CAMA program

Campus Locations

  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Delano, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Hanford, CA
  • Hesperia, CA
  • Lancaster, CA
  • Madera, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Ontario, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Visalia, CA

* Programs vary by location

Medical Assistant Program Also Available Online

At SJVC, we understand that it can be a challenge to attend classes on a set schedule. That's where our Online Programs come in.

Our online students find that they can receive academic and technical support when they need it. Students who experience technical issues can quickly get support from a remote SJVC technical support representative. If you have questions regarding coursework, want to connect with other students or need personal support, SJVC Online's instructors, student advisors and online community are there to help.


San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:


State Approvals


SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of federal grants, loans, work-study, scholarships and institutional payment plans.

For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit http://www.sjvcdisclosures.com/

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