If you have ever thought about a career in healthcare, medical assisting might be a good fit.
Medical assistants get to work closely with doctors in a variety of settings, helping care for patients and even assisting with some bedside procedures. Medical assistants earn a decent living while doing meaningful work. They have good job security, flexible scheduling options, lots of learning opportunities, and don’t need a degree to work.
Even though California doesn’t require medical assistants to be certified, earning a certification will make you a more competitive job applicant, improve your chances of landing your dream job, and help you earn a higher salary.
Let’s take a look at some of the top medical assistant programs in California that can help you reach your goals.
Best California Medical Assistant Programs
The best medical assistant programs are those that are relatively inexpensive, have good passing rates for certification exams, and can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. Here are some of the programs that meet all of that criteria.
Stepful Online Medical Assistant Program
Stepful’s medical assistant courses can be completed in just four months and is 100% online with an optional in-person externship to help you practice your new skills.
Stepful’s program has an 85% passing rate, much higher than the national average of just 75%. In addition, they will help you find an externship, offer job interview prep and resume services, and even include a money-back guarantee that you’ll be able to get a job.
Stepful’s online program is great for both traditional and non-traditional students who want the flexibility of an online training course. They are also one of the least expensive medical assisting training programs, at just $1,999.
San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University offers both online and hybrid online/in-person courses to its students. The $2,500 tuition includes all textbooks as well as 160 hours of clinical learning experience.
The remote course is self-paced, and students are allowed up to 6 months to complete all of their work. The hybrid course lasts 7 weeks and requires several days of all-day attendance.
California Regional Occupational Center
California Regional Occupational Center offers a one-year medical assisting training program that is great for high school students who want to jump-start their careers. They offer financial assistance and boast an impressive 92% employment rate.
The hybrid program at CROC allows some flexibility while still providing in-person teaching and opportunities for hands-on experience.
US Career Institute
The US Career Institute has a self-paced, online training program that allows you the flexibility to study whenever you have the time. They also offer payment plans of just $70 per month for students who face financial barriers to education.
Long Beach City College
Long Beach City College offers a medical assisting associate degree program as well as certificates for clinical and administrative medical assisting. The certificate programs can be completed in two semesters, and tuition for in-state residents is only $1,500 per year.
San Joaquin Valley College
You can enroll in medical assisting courses either online or at one of 15 San Joaquin Valley College locations. They offer both Certificate of Completion and Associate of Science Degree programs. San Joaquin Valley offers a high-quality education but is one of the most expensive. Tuition at San Joaquin is about $18,000 per year.
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