The Medical Assistant Certificate Program will educate multi-skilled professionals specifically to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The program’s graduate will have a mastery of a complex body of knowledge and specialized skills acquired from both formal education and practical experience providing competence to serve as standards for entry into the profession. By completing the program and achieving certification, the medical assistant program graduate will be prepared to directly influence the public’s health and well-being.

Program Objectives

  • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • Provide academic assessment and development of critical thinking, effective communication, and personal and professional responsibility.
  • To prepare students who are professional proficient to perform clinical and administrative duties of a medical assistant.
  • Based on domain competencies established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • To serve the needs of the communities of interest through continuous program assessment and improvement while monitoring the ever changing health-care environment.

Curriculum Overview

The curriculum for the medical assisting program includes 6-7 months of courses. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the medical assisting certification exam. 

GCMA 011Introductions to Medical Assisting
GCMA 012Fundamentals of Medical Assisting - Patient Care II
GCMA 013The Medical Assistant in the Front Office
GCMA 014Professionalism and Preparation for Certification
GCMA 015Professionalism and Preparation for Certification
GCMA 016Competence with the NHA Medical Assisting Certification Examination
RELT 101Jesus, Health, and Healing
AHCJ 124*Introductory Medical Anthropology
AHCJ 135*Essentials of Anatomy, Physiology, and Lab
HLCS 241*Medical Terminology

*Transferrable college units. Optional. 

Clinical Experiences

Students will participate in a minimum of 160 hours of clinical experiences. Practicum hours will take place at the SACHS clinic located on the same campus as San Manuel Gateway College. Additional clinical experiences may occur at other local clinics. 

Retention Rate

At SMGC we are proud of our students.  Our Medical Assistant students held an 83.33% retention rate for 2019.  What this means is that over 80% of the students who enrolled with us went on to complete the program in its entirety.