Academic Catalogs

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting program includes specific business and medical courses that prepare students for employment as clinical or administrative assistants in medical offices, clinics, hospitals, or in related medical and business fields. Medical Assisting is the second-highest growing health career in the State of California.  The Medical Assisting coursework is completed in two (2) semesters and includes 160-hour on-the-job experience in a medical office or a clinic.

Department Contact Information 

Lynne Cottrell, MSN, BSN, PHN, CMA (AAMA)
Program Director/Clinical Coordinator
lcottrell@occ.cccd.edu 

Medical Assisting Department Website

Credit Courses

MA A1503 Units (54 lecture hours)  
Medical Assisting Core  
Prerequisite(s): ALH A111 and BIOL A221; or ALH A111 and BIOL A220 and BIOL A225.

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Introduction to Medical Assisting, Student Success, Safety in the Health Care Workplace, Intro to Computers and Electronic Health Records, Medical Office Emergencies, Ethics and Law, Psychology for the Medical Assistant, Basics of Patient Education, Communication/Multiculturalism in Healthcare, and Nutrition Basics for the Medical Assistant.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A150

    MA A1753 Units (54 lecture hours)  
    Administrative Medical Assisting I  
    Co-requisite(s): MA A150.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    Introduction to the role of the administrative medical assistant in health care delivery.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A175

      MA A1815 Units (72 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
      Clinical Medical Assisting 1  
      Co-requisite(s): MA A150.

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Theory and techniques in basic microbiology; performing blood and urine collection; CLIA waivered lab test performance; sterilization principals and assisting with minor surgery; medication preparation and administration, including parenteral medications; assisting with general and specialty physical examinations in an outpatient setting.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A181

        MA A2055 Units (90 lecture hours)  
        Administrative Medical Assisting 2  
        Prerequisite(s): MA A175.

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        Introduction to the skills required to perform medical office bookkeeping, accounting (accounts receivable and payable), payroll, and banking procedures. Insurance coding and claims preparation used in the medical office setting and facility management skills to facilitate the ability to engage in marketing and community service.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A205

          MA A2813.5 Units (12 lecture hours; 192 other hours)  
          Medical Assisting Clinical Experience  
          Prerequisite(s): MA A181.

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          Supervised clinical medical assisting experience in a medical office, clinic, or related outpatient facility. One-third hour lecture, 10.6 hours internship.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A281

            MA A2890.5 Units (4 lecture hours; 8 lab hours)  
            Clinical Medical Assisting II Specialty Procedures  
            Prerequisite(s): MA A181.

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Basic concepts of preparing patients for special diagnostic tests and techniques in the medical office including pulmonary function, and electrocardiography. Lecture/Lab. Four week course.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing MA A289