Program Requirements

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The following requirements must be met in order to qualify for the program: 

1) Minimum 18 years of age (prior to program start)

2) Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

3) CALS shall require you to complete a Medical Terminology course before beginning the Medical Assisting Program and provide proof prior to start date. This Prerequisite can be completed through a Community College or within Career and Adult Learning Service. Course credit will be accepted as letter grade or Pass.

4) The applicant is required to possess a high degree of professionalism and be able to exhibit the motivation and positive attitude necessary to succeed in the program

5) Attend a mandatory orientation

6) Complete a math and reading assessment 

7) Interview with instructor

8) Meet minimum health clearance  

The course will begin in August/September of each school year and classroom instruction will conclude in May. The class meets Monday through Thursday in the evenings. In addition to classroom hours, each student must complete an internship in a physician's office of up to 200 hours. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued the following certifications: 

These certifications will qualify the student to sit for the exam administered by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assisting or the national exam administered by the American Medical Technologists. Once certified, a medical assistant has a variety of career paths to choose from. Regardless of which career option you choose, providing care to those in need can lead to a fulfilling and exciting career where your medical interventions can truly make a difference. 

The Medical Assisting Program is run with the same integrity as a business. We have strict policies for tardiness, absences, and testing. Students that do not follow these policies will be dropped from the program without reimbursement of costs.