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Medical Assisting

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welcome to the medical assisting department

The Medical Assisting Program at San Jose City College prepares students for employment as a Clinical or Administrative Medical Assistant in a doctor's office, clinic, or hospital. 


Start a Career in the Rapidly Growing Healthcare Industry!

Students may join the program during Spring, Summer, or Fall sessions on a part-time or full-time basis. students may elect to complete an Associate of Science degree or one of three career certificates:

  • Administrative and Clinical Certificate
  • Clinical Certificate
  • Administrative Certificate

Upon successful completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) or National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) examinations offered by National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT).  

Students are also qualified to sit for the California Certified Medical Assistant Exam (CCMA) through the California Certifying Board of Medical Assistants (CCBMA), including Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam through American Medical Technologists (AMT).


SJCC Medical Assisting Program Highlights:

  • Open enrollment during Spring, Summer, or Fall semester - Balancing education, family, and work
  • Excellent academic and hands-on training providing real-world experience 
  • Externship placement - a competitive edge for employment in a rapidly growing healthcare industry




Department Contacts


Click to view desired Certificate and Degree Requirements:


Noncredit certificates

Noncredit non-credit application



As a graduate with a Medical Assisting certificate and/or degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for career opportunities such as:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Healthcare Support Worker
  • Medical Secretary
  • Clinical Team Leader
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Medical Records Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator



Find opportunities to work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Podiatry offices
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Surgery Centers





Externship Placement

If you are an employer that have an externship available in your healthcare facility, please fill out the formand the Medical Assisting Coordinator will get in touch with you.


Employer Job Postings

To post a Medical Assisting job opening at your healthcare facility, please fill out the form.


Student Testimonials