Certificate | SC Program: CT.3452

Program Overview

To learn more about the program, please visit the Medical Assisting Certificate Program website.

Medical Assisting Certificate

The Medical Assisting Program prepares the student with the knowledge, skills, and distinctive qualities necessary for the medical assisting profession. The medical assistant possesses a broad scope of skills which make them ideal allied health professionals in the ambulatory care setting.  During this program, students will learn vitals, EKG, venipuncture, injections and pharmacology, assisting in minor office surgery, waived testing, patient advocacy and education, medical terminology, basic anatomy, physiology, and microbiology, as well as medical office administrative tasks. Such versatility affords graduates the opportunity to find employment in clinics, urgent-care facilities, primary care and specialty physician offices, including podiatry, chiropractic, and optometry.

Medical assistants have also found employment in medical laboratories, surgical centers, electrocardiography departments in hospitals, government agencies, and educational institutions. Core coursework can be completed in two semesters, including 4-week externship (162 hours). A Certificate of Achievement may be earned by completing all courses with a grade of “C” or better. The medical assisting profession is highly diversified, and the work is challenging and personally rewarding.

This certificate is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student should be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills needed to perform entry-level competencies in clinical and administrative medical assisting as outlined by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
  • Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully pass the certification exam through NHA, NCCT, or CCBMA.
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and professionalism necessary to compete in the job market.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as an individual and collaboratively as a team member to resolve challenges in a changing healthcare environment.

Student Selection and Fees

Space in the program is limited. In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must satisfy the prerequisites listed and file a program enrollment packet with the Admissions Office during designated enrollment periods. Students are enrolled on a first come first serve basis until classes are full.

To begin the program, the student must:

  • Complete the Admission Application for Shasta College or be an active Shasta College student.
  • Enroll in courses following the recommended sequence of courses for the Medical Assisting Program.
  • Submit all required paperwork before beginning ALH coursework.
  • Submit proof of a high school diploma.
  • Provide a copy of current negative tuberculosis screening.
  • Submit proof of immunizations or immunity.

Additional fees include

  • Textbooks
  • Transportation costs related to externship
  • Immunizations
  • Scrubs, athletic shoes, stethoscope
  • Certification fees

Choose your path

Map your education by viewing the program map for the degree or certificate you’re interested in earning below. Meet with a counselor to create your official comprehensive education plan.

A program map shows all the required and recommended courses you need to graduate and a suggested order in which you should take them. The suggested sequence of courses is based on enrollment and includes all major and general education courses required for the degree.

Fall Semester, First Year

15 Units Total
ALH 103
M 6
Medical Assisting
ALH 103
Units 6
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program.

In this course students will learn the principles of infection control, medical asepsis, and regulatory guidelines in the medical lab. Also discussed are exams and procedures from the pediatric to geriatric patient, including gender specific exams. Students will learn their role in minor office surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, and therapeutic modalities. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ALH 103L
M Lab 1.5
Medical Assisting Lab
ALH 103L
Units 1.5
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program.

This course serves as the corresponding lab for Clinical Medical Assisting I. In a lab environment, students will develop proficiency in skills related to infection control, medical asepsis, exams and procedures, and minor office surgery.
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ALH 103
M 6
Clinical Medical Assisting I
ALH 103
Units 6
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program.

In this course students will learn the principles of infection control, medical asepsis, and regulatory guidelines in the medical lab. Also discussed are exams and procedures from the pediatric to geriatric patient, including gender specific exams. Students will learn their role in minor office surgery, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, and therapeutic modalities. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ALH 103L
M 1.5
Clinical Medical Assisting I Lab
ALH 103L
Units 1.5
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program.

This course serves as the corresponding lab for Clinical Medical Assisting I. In a lab environment, students will develop proficiency in skills related to infection control, medical asepsis, exams and procedures, and minor office surgery.
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Spring Semester, First Year

13.5 Units Total
ALH 104
Pre. M 6
Clinical Medical Assisting II
ALH 104
Units 6
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the medical assisting program.

In this course students will learn the principles of nutrition, basic pharmacology, drug calculations and administration, introduction to the medical lab, phlebotomy, hematology, urinalysis, basic microbiology, electrocardiography, and specialty lab tests. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ALH 104L
M Lab 1.5
Clinical Medical Assisting II Lab
ALH 104L
Units 1.5
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program.

This course serves as the corresponding lab for Clinical Medical Assisting II. In a lab environment, students will develop proficiency in skills related to basic pharmacology, drug calculations and administration, phlebotomy, hematology, urinalysis, basic microbiology, electrocardiography, and specialty lab tests.
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ALH 94
Pre. M 3
Medical Assisting Clinical Practicum
ALH 94
Units 3
Limitation on Enrollment: Students must be enrolled in the medical assisting program.

This course is a culmination of the Medical Assisting Program where students are placed in a medical office in order to implement in a healthcare setting what they have learned in the classroom. In order to participate in ALH 94, students must have successfully completed all program requirements. Students must complete 180 hours of verified, supervised field experience in a healthcare setting. The course stresses professional work habits and meeting of required competencies through actual on-the-job performance with a supervisor. The student will practice skills learned during the course of the program and/or any additional skills that are within the medical assistant scope of practice. This is a pass/fail class.
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HEOC 11
M 3
Medical Terminology
HEOC 11
Units 3
This course provides students with an understanding of the language of medicine through the study of basic word structures and etymology related to various body systems, diagnostics, and pathology. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Fall Semester, Second Year

15 Units Total
HLTH 1
M 3
Health and Wellness
HLTH 1
Units 3
This course focuses upon those elements of human behavior which influence the health status of both the individual and the community. Topics include personal fitness, nutrition, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, and drug dependence, including alcohol and tobacco. Also included are topics dealing with lifestyle diseases, especially cancer, cardiovascular disease and lung disease. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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MATH 14
GE 4
Introduction to Statistics
MATH 14
Units 4
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

An introductory course in statistics designed to show the role of modern statistical methods in the process of decision making. Concepts are introduced by example rather than by rigorous mathematical theory. The following topics will be covered: measures of central tendency and dispersion, regression and correlation, probability, sampling distributions including the normal, t, and chi-square, statistical inference using confidence intervals and hypotheses testing. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ANAT 1
5
Human Anatomy
ANAT 1
Units 5
Advisory: ENGL 196 with a grade of C or higher, or English Placement Level 6 or higher; BIOL 5 and BIOL 6 with a grade of C or higher

Note: May be taken concurrently with PHY 1.

This course offers a systematic hands-on approach to the anatomy of the human body. It covers the structural organization of the human body: gross and microscopic anatomy of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems, from cellular to organ system levels of organization. Human cadaver prosections and/or mammalian dissections are used in conjunction with models and new technology. This course is intended for nursing, kinesiology, physical therapy, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, surgical technology, physical therapy, and other allied health related majors. It may be taken concurrently with Physiology 1.
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HUM 2
GE 3
Exploring the Humanities
HUM 2
Units 3
This course is designed to explore the humanities by examining expression of human values, ideas, concerns, and experience through the arts, literature, media and the social sciences. The reading of important works in the humanities, written analysis, and attendance at selected performances are major requirements of this course. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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Spring Semester, Second Year

14 Units Total
NUTR 25
GE 3
Nutrition
NUTR 25
Units 3
This course includes a study of the science of food, the nutrients and other substances therein, and their actions, interactions, and balance in relation to health and disease. The class emphasizes the positive contributions of nutrition to life and health. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PSYC 1A
GE 3
General Psychology
PSYC 1A
Units 3
Advisory: ENGL 190 with a grade of C or higher or English Placement Level 6 or higher.

This course provides an introduction to psychology as a science and as an applied field. The course provides an integration of physiological, cognitive, social-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, cultural, and evolutionary perspectives. Topics include research methods, the nervous system, perception, learning, thinking, memory, human development, social behavior, emotions, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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ETHS 11
GE 3
Intersectionality of Race/Ethnicity/Health
ETHS 11
Units 3
This course introduces the student to the field of Ethnic Studies with a focus on the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and health. The course explores such core concepts as colonization, racialization, the structures of racism, and how health is impacted by structural racism. The core concepts are explored by examining their impacts on African American and Native American communities. This course may be offered in a distance education format.
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PHY 1
5
Physiology
PHY 1
Units 5
Study of the physiological principles, function, integration and homeostasis of the human body at the cellular, tissue, organ, organ system and organism level: integumentary system, bone, skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscles, nervous system, sensory organs, cardiovascular system, lymphatic and immune systems, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive system. This course is primarily intended for Nursing, Allied Health, Kinesiology, Dental Hygiene and other health related majors.
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Please see a counselor to discuss options for meeting general education requirements for transfer to California State Universities (CSU) and/or University of California (UC) campuses, as well as any specific additional courses that may be required by your chosen institution of transfer.

*Alternative Courses: Please see a Shasta College counselor for alternative course options. You can also view the following to find other courses to meet degree/certificate requirements:

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