Medical Assisting Program

Medical Assisting - Certification Program

Prepare Yourself for a Successful Healthcare Career as an NCMA Certified Medical Assistant

The Medical Assisting Certification Program in Sacramento trains students in the protocols and procedures used every day in clinics, hospitals, and assisted living environments.

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Program Format

Hybrid. The majority of the coursework can be completed online, with minimal in-person classroom days at our Sacramento campus. Learn more.

Medical Assisting Certification Program at Campus, formerly MTI College, in Sacramento, California

Campus prepares students in our Medical Assistant program to perform a diverse range of duties in the medical field. Our classes will train you in the proper protocols and procedures used in clinical environments. As a medical assisting student, you will learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology. Each student in the Medical Assisting program is required to finish a 200‐hour unpaid off‐campus Medical Assisting Externship along with your standard course requirements in order to graduate. To become certified as a Medical Assistant, the classroom work can be completed in as few as 38 weeks, followed by a 4 week externship. This means you can become certified as a Medical Assistant in as little as 42 weeks.

Students who complete the medical assistant training program will also have access to Campus' job placement assistance service. Our expert staff will provide alumni with the resources to find a job upon graduation by assisting with resume writing, job interviewing advice and techniques, and various other resources to find medical jobs around the Sacramento area.

We also have a Medical Assisting with Phlebotomy Certificate program that offers the same comprehensive training in clinical, administrative and laboratory procedures as our Medical Assistant program with an additional 40-80 hour phlebotomy externship at a local laboratory or hospital. Better yet, both of these are arranged for you by the college through our strong relationships within the local Sacramento healthcare community!

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What do Medical Assisting Classes Cover?

Medical Assisting students at Campus learn to assist in numerous healthcare environments including medical offices, clinics, labs, and more. Here is an overview of what you will learn in our Medical Assisting course:

  • How to calculate drug dosage
  • Medical terminology and how it relates to the functions and structures of the human body
  • Patient confidentiality, ethics in the workplace, and other legal issues
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and guidelines
  • How to assist in routine and specialty exams or procedures
  • Asepsis and sterilization procedures
  • And much more

The goal of Campus' Sacramento Medical Assisting program is to give you the well-rounded skills necessary to succeed in the healthcare industry.

Medical Assisting Externship: Hands-On Training

Your externship might have you helping out in a clinic, physician's office, rehab facility, retirement home or one of many other places. Depending on the location, you may be tasked with doing a particular job, such as recording patient information or drawing blood, or a combination of clinical and/or administrative duties. When you're working in an actual healthcare facility, you will likely “shadow” a professional who is already working in the field. This might be a doctor, nurse, lab technician or even another medical assistant. This is an opportunity to observe, take notes and apply what you learned in school to a real-world situation – working on real patients. Don't worry; your supervisor will be there to guide you. You may also be invited to attend staff meetings and/or conferences. The goal of this externship is to teach you all aspects of the business and what goes on in healthcare facilities.

Ready to apply? Complete your application now!

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Demand for Medical Assistants

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in the Medical Assisting industry will grow by 18% between 2020 and 2030, which is much faster than the average for all jobs in the US.

Note: The data provided above are from a source unaffiliated with Campus, are for informational purposes only and represent the employment field as a whole. They are not solely specific to Campus graduates and, by providing the above information, Campus makes no representation, direct or implied, or opinion regarding employability.

What drives the demand for health information experts?

Two major factors contributing to this growth are:

  • An aging population creates a need for more medical services provided by physicians. Physicians will need to hire more assistants for administrative and clinical duties.
  • An increase in the aging population also means an increase in the need for healthcare facilities that will need support staff.
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Campus College Medical Assistant Program and Info

Campus Address5221 Madison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95841
Course Length36 weeks
Program TypeHybrid; Mostly online, some on-campus
Financial AidFinancial aid is available for students who qualify.
AccreditationMTI College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).
Medical Assistant CertificationNationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)

Our Campus is located on Madison Avenue, just off of Interstate 80, within driving distance of most neighborhoods in the Sacramento area. Since 1965, Campus, formerly MTI College, has been helping Sacramento students prepare for rewarding careers through accredited degree and certification programs.

Medical Assisting Job Description and FAQ

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical Assistants play a vital role in the everyday tasks at clinics, medical offices, nursing homes, and more. They can provide support to physicians, surgeons, lab technicians, and others in the medical industry. Often times, Medical Assistants are the first professional a patient meets, playing a key part in the experience of the patient.

How long does it take to become a certified medical assistant?

You can become a medical assistant in as little as 42 weeks through the Medical Assistant certification program at Campus. The classroom training can be finished in about 38 weeks, followed by a 4-week unpaid externship at a nearby medical facility. After this, you can take the certification exam, and begin your career as a medical assistant.

Where can I work as a certified Medical Assistant?

There are many types of medical facilities that rely on Medical Assistants, creating a wide range of options for you to choose from:

  • Doctor's offices and clinics
  • Emergency care centers
  • Laboratories and blood donation centers
  • Nursing homes

What are the important qualities of a Medical Assistant?

  • Passion for helping others
  • Attention to detail and ability to stay organized
  • Uncompromising concern for safety
  • Ability to use computers, phones, and other office equipment
  • Enjoying fast-paced work

What are common tasks for a Medical Assistant in Sacramento, California?

  • Operating front desk and greeting patients
  • Reviewing and entering patient data
  • Performing insurance coding and billing
  • Maintaining Medical Charts
  • Preparing reports and correspondence
  • Sterilizing instruments and equipment
  • Assisting in routine medical procedures
  • Performing basic laboratory tests

As you can see, becoming a Medical Assistant can be a great way to enter the medical field. Complete the Request Information form or call our Admissions team to learn more today!

Endorsement and Certifications

National center for competency testingThe California Certifying Board for Medical AssistantsAmerican medical technologists

Why choose the Medical Assisting Certification program at Campus?

We are endorsed by

  • The American Medical Technologists association
  • The National Center for Competency Testing
  • California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants

We prepare graduates for the

  • Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) Exam*

*You can take this test through the campus’s Learning Resource Center.

Medical Assisting Certificate

Campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
428 J Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(415) 506-0234

The Campus College Medical Assistant Program is designed to prepare students to become a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant, and be a competent entry-level medical assistant. Our program trains students in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology. Upon completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate program, students may take the Nationally Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) Exam administered by the National Center for Competency Testing.

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Program Length

Estimated Length: 36 weeks

*Estimated program length assumes a student does not have prior transferable course credit and successfully completes a full course load each term. Actual program length may be longer or shorter depending on factors including, but not limited to, prior academic credit, class availability, academic performance, and attendance.

Program Courses

MO115 – Math for Medical Students
MO126 – Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology
MO130 – Medical Office Practice
MO136 – Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding
MO171 – Clinical Assisting
MO181 – Laboratory Assisting I
MO186 – Laboratory Assisting II
MO550 – Medical Externship

Program Costs

Grants and other forms of tuition assistance are available to those who qualify. To find out what you’re eligible for, contact an admissions advisor today!

Tuition and Fees

Admissions Registration Fee: $50
Tuition: $14,500
Books and Supplies: $2,147
Total: $16,697

Additional Expenses (Monthly)

Living with Parent
Housing: $0
Food: $817
Personal/Misc: $451
Transportation: $199

Not Living with Parent
Housing: $1,637
Food: $1,277
Personal/Misc: $552
Transportation: $218

Admissions Process

For admission to Campus, formerly MTI College, applicants must –

  • Interview with an admissions advisor
  • Provide proof of graduation from high school or GED equivalent
  • Complete an application for admission
  • Take a placement assessment

The first part of the application process may be completed online.