Start Your Career as a Medical Assistant
Medical assisting is projected to be one of the top 10 fastest growing occupations in the United States. Our three certificate programs at PCC prepare you to find a job in medical offices or clinics performing administrative and clinical duties including records management, financial systems, laboratory procedures, and medical insurance billing.
The Medical Assistant Program at Pasadena City College has maintained 100% employer satisfaction over the past five years. Our percentage for job placement is 92% for the 2016 cohort year of the 2018 Annual Report.
- Program Length:
2 semesters + 1 summer intersession and 1 winter intersession
- Program Completion:
Certificate of Achievement and eligibility for the American Association of Medical Assistants Certification Exam.
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB.)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
The Medical Assistant Program has met the following accreditation benchmarks:
- Retention: 81.25% for the 2017 cohort.
- Job Placement: 100% for the 2018 graduate year.
- Exam Passage: 90% for the 2017 graduate year.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A Medical Assistant is a nationally recognized multi-skilled professional who assists the physician in the medical office, clinic, or in a variety of other health care settings. As a medical assistant you will:
- assist in caring for the sick and injured
- perform phlebotomy
- assist with pediatric exams
- perform electrocardiograms
- screen vision
- run the lab tests
- assist with minor surgery
- make appointments and screen calls
- transcribe reports
- instruct the patient as advised by the physician
- assist with examinations
- complete the insurance claims
- administer medication, upon order of the physician
- operate the computer
- weigh the patient
- sterilize supplies
The application filing period is March 1 - May 1 for fall semester enrollment. Applications are only available during the application period.Find Out How to Apply