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CCMA Eligible Program, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CT_MACE

Control Number: 18204

Financial Aid Eligible


The Medical Assisting program includes specific business and clinical courses that prepare students for employment as clinical and/or administrative assistants in medical offices, clinics, or in related medical and business fields. The coursework can be completed in two semesters, and includes on-the-job experience in a medical office or ambulatory care center.

Orange Coast College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Such accreditation permits graduates of this program to take the California Certified Medical Assistant examination (CCMA) immediately upon graduation. The California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants has been administering the CCMA exam since 1990. CCMA is one of three Boards that is recognized by the Medical Board of California. The medical assisting profession is highly diversified, and the work is challenging and personally rewarding. Employment opportunities are excellent in the expanding health care field.

Program Admission

Allied Health 010 course – application and orientation

Program Outcome

The graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level employment as a professional and competent Medical Assistant to meet the needs of the local health care community.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Prerequisites
All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission to the program.
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
or ALH A012 Health Occupations for Dental and Medical Assisting
ALH A111Medical Terminology3
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology4
Prerequisites Subtotal7.5
Required Courses
ALH A115Patient Care2.5
ALH A120Human Diseases2
MA A150Medical Assisting Core3
MA A175Administrative Medical Assisting I3
MA A181Clinical Medical Assisting 15
MA A205Administrative Medical Assisting 25
MA A281Medical Assisting Clinical Experience3.5
MA A289Clinical Medical Assisting II Specialty Procedures0.5
Required Courses Subtotal24.5
Total Units32
CCMA Eligible Program Suggested Electives

ALH A130 Applied Pharmacology
BUS A138 Business English
PHIL A120 Ethics

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ALH A010
Health Occupations
or Health Occupations for Dental and Medical Assisting
0.5
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
BIOL A221 Anatomy-Physiology 4
 Units7.5
Year 2
Semester 1
Acceptance into the OCC Medical Assisting Program Required (Cohort Restriction)  
MA A150 Medical Assisting Core 3
MA A175 Administrative Medical Assisting I 3
MA A181 Clinical Medical Assisting 1 5
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
 Units13.5
Semester 2
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
MA A205 Administrative Medical Assisting 2 5
MA A281 Medical Assisting Clinical Experience 3.5
MA A289 Clinical Medical Assisting II Specialty Procedures 0.5
 Units11
 Total Units32