Ready to get started in one of our Medical Assisting programs? The admission process and timeline is the same for all three of our certificate programs. Follow the steps below to complete the application process and begin the Medical Assisting program!

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Selection Criteria

You will be selected to the program based on completion of all required documentation and space availability. Priority admission is given to those seeking the Medical Assisting Certificate of Achievement in Clinical and Administrative option. It is strongly recommended to complete Medical Terminology, Anatomy 25 or Biology 3 prior to applying for admission to the program. Additional qualified applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

Application Filing Period

Application forms are available from September 15 - October 31. However, we will continue to accept applications until the student capacity of the program has been met.

How to Apply

1  Apply for admission to PCC

If you are not currently enrolled at PCC, you need to apply for admission to the college in addition to applying to the Medical Assistant program. Apply now to PCC .

  Complete Your Online Application

To apply to the Medical Assistant program, you need to submit an  online application which includes:

  • A completed Medical Assistant Application 
  • One official U.S. high school transcript, GED certificate, or Equivalency Report from one of the college’s acceptable companies.
    Note: The above is not required if an associate or higher degree is posted on your U.S. college transcripts
  • One official transcript of ALL U.S. colleges and universities attended, including Pasadena City College.
    If you have foreign transcripts, please read our information on how to have your transcripts evaluated.

Be aware that unofficial transcripts and photocopies of diplomas are not acceptable, and incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection process. If you are accepted into the program, the college’s Records Office will also require transcripts.

3   Submit Your Official Transcripts

Submit your official High School and College transcripts, you can mail or deliver it in person to the Health Sciences office.

Pasadena City College
Attn: Medical Assisting Program

1570 E Colorado Blvd. W204
Pasadena, CA 91106

If you have any questions contact the Division Office at 626-585-3308.

Program Acceptance

The Health Sciences Division will inform you of the status of your application by email upon submission of all required documentation.

  • Upon selection to the program, you will be required to complete:
    • A health clearance (clinical students)
    • A background check (clinical students)
    • An American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers card (all programs)
    • A First Aid certificate (all programs)
    • A COVID - 19 vaccine (all programs)
  • While in the program, you must maintain a grade of “C” or higher in each course in order to progress to the next level.
  • A conviction of a felony may be grounds for ineligibility to take the National Certification Examination of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Any conviction must be cleared for eligibility prior to taking the National AAMA certification examination. This clearance is the responsibility of the individual.

Technical Standards

The intent of the program is to develop competent medical assistants who can provide satisfactory healthcare to the general population. Students are expected to complete all academic and clinical requirement of the program. The following technical standards specify those attributes that the MA faculty consider necessary for completing the professional education and subsequently enabling the graduate to enter the workforce.

 Levels
O Occasionally 50% - 74%
F Frequently 75% - 89%
C Constantly 90% - 100%
Physical Standards Frequency
LIFT: patients, equipment - up to 100 lbs. F
CARRY: equipment, objects - up to 25 lbs.

KNEEL: to perform CPR; assist patients who fall; to retrieve items from a storage cabinet

O

STOOP/BEND/TWIST: to position the examination table, perform transfers

F

BALANCE: safely maintain while Assistant patients in ambulation and transfer.

F

CROUCH: to locate and plug in equipment

O

REACH: to adjust equipment, to guard patient, to reach supplies

C

HANDLE: equipment such as syringes, BP cuffs

C

DEXTERITY: manipulate and fine tune knobs, dials, blood pressure cuffs tools, equipment, instruments, scales, phlebotomy, injection instruments, prepare and use equipment while maintaining sterile technique and keyboard 30 wpm.

C

PUSH/PULL: wheelchairs, stretchers, patients

C

WALK: a distance of at least 2 miles during a normal work day

C

WEAR: personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed and gloves for extended periods of time.

F

TACTILE STANDARDS
PALPATE: pulses, muscle contractions, bony landmarks, swelling, skin texture      C                
DIFFERENTIATE: between temperature and pressure variations  F
VISUAL STANDARDS

READ: accurately, numbers, letters, cursive writing in fine and other print in varying light levels in English.

            F      

DETECT: changes in skin color, patient's facial expressions, swelling, atrophy, forms of non-verbal communication (gestures) F
OBSERVE: patient and environmental to assess the patient's condition or needs from 20 feet. C
SEE: BP manometer, small prints on vials, syringes, dials and gauges
COMMUNICATION STANDARDS
SPEAK: in English language in clear, concise manner, to communicate with patients, families, health care providers, community    C   
RESPOND: to patient with communication disorders (aphasia, hearing loss) O
COMPREHEND: oral and written language including health care terminology in order to communicate with patients, families, health care providers and community  C
WRITE: in English, clearly, legibly, for charting and computer input
AUDITORY STANDARDS
HEAR: blood pressure sounds through a stethoscope, breath sounds, patient distress sounds, machine timer bells and alarms; verbal directions from supervisor from a distance of 20 feet; verbal requests from patients, physicians, etc.

C            

MENTAL/COGNITIVE STANDARDS
Function safely, effectively, and calmly under stressful situations  F   
Remain alert to surroundings, potential emergencies, respond to patient situations,  ie: falls, pain, change in physical status  F
Integrate information, and make decisions based on pertinent date, in a collaborative manner  C
Interact effectively and appropriately with patients, families, supervisors, and coworkers of the same or different cultures with respect, politeness, tact, collaboration, teamwork, and discretion

     C 

MENTAL/COGNITIVE STANDARDS (CONT'D)
Communicates an understanding of basic principles of supervision, ethics, and confidentiality  
Displays basic interpersonal skills necessary to interact in situations requiring close, personal contact  C
Maintain personal hygiene consistent with close personal contact associated with client care  C

Transcript Evaluation

If you are a student with foreign transcripts, you must have your transcripts evaluated by one of the following three companies before applying:

International Research Foundation (IERF)
(310)-258-9451 | www.ierf.org

Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
(310)-275-3530 | www.aceil.com

American Education Research Center (AERC)
(626)-339-4404 | www.aerc-eval.com