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!

A medical assisting professor helps a student during a lab course.

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 and have completed Physiology 100 and Medical Terminology 115 courses. Additional qualified applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

Application Filing Period

Application forms are available from March 1 - May 1. 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 Application Packet

To apply to the Medical Assistant program you need to submit a complete application packet 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 Application Packet

Submit your completed application packet, you must mail or deliver it in person to the Health Sciences office.

Pasadena City College
Attn: Medical Assisting Program
Health Sciences Division – B6
3035 E. Foothill Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91107

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)
  • 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.

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