Following the community’s growing demand for highly-skilled, credentialed medical assistance, the Modesto Junior College Medical Assistance Program will now offer a spring semester option after previously being offered only in the fall.
Seats for the program are now available in the school’s spring 2017 cohort, giving students the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion, an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting or both. The two-semester certificate program offers training in administrative and clinical office procedures and prepares students to take the national certification exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants to become a Certified Medical Assistant.
Medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth can be attributed to a number of factors, including a growing number of elderly Americans who need medical treatment and an expected surge in the number of physicians' offices and outpatient care facilities.
MJC’s recent addition of both faculty and an instructional support assistant allows for additional Medical Assisting Program course sections. Additionally, the flexibility of online course offerings enables more students to access classes.
Medical assisting students at MJC receive transferable college credit for coursework and many program graduates choose to further their education by obtaining an Associate of Science degree in medical assisting or nursing.
The estimated certificate program cost of $2,700 includes a $46 per unit enrollment fee, a materials fee, various student fees, as well as uniform, books, certification exam and clinical clearance process. Program applicants must have a high school diploma, a GED or a college degree and have completed the admission process to be a student at MJC.
The MJC Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review BoardQuestions about the program can be directed to the MJC Allied Health Division Office at 209-575-6362 or visit http://mjc.edu/instruction/alliedhealth/medap.