Classes to Become a Medical Assistant
At Southern California Health Institute, our Medical Assistant Program is designed to help you build the skills and the confidence that helps prepare you for a rewarding career and an exciting future in as little as 9 months.
What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical Assistants work side by side with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff to ensure that patient needs are being met through clinical and clerical assistance.
Some of their clinical duties may include:
- Preparing patients for appointments or surgery
- Taking vitals
- Administering vaccinations or any other type of medicine
- Wound care
- Collecting lab specimen and conducting laboratory tests
- And much more!
Some administrative duties may include:
- Answering phone calls
- Screening information
- Confidentially transporting patient information
- Data entry
- Setting up appointments
- And much more!
MA’s can be hired at almost any healthcare institution including hospitals, physician’s offices, urgent cares, healthcare centers, and even colleges.
Why Our Medical Assistant School?
Sochi designed a curriculum for Medical Assistants based on industry trends and a variety of quality educational resources that meets the needs of the local community in preparation for the workforce.
Additionally, feedback from medical professionals and experienced medical assistant instructors was solicited and used to create the ideal learning experience for the student.
The Medical Assistant program is designed with a combination of informational and practical learning experiences to prepare students with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies required for a career as a Medical Assistant in a variety of clinical settings. Hands-on lab activities and experiential learning through externship give the student confidence to be successful upon entering the workforce.
Medical Assistants are in High Demand
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an increase of 18% in employment opportunities for Medical Assistants meanwhile other industries can see as low as a 2% increase.
According to BLS and the American Association of Medical Assistants the reasoning for this can be attributed to an aging population that will increase demand, thus increasing the amount of physicians offices that will hire trained medical assistants to meet needs.
Discover Your Future in Our Online Based Medical Assistant Program
With job placement assistance, SOCHi can help you land a Medical Assistant position in no time! This is not a school that kicks you to the curb as soon as you graduate, it is our goal to do all that we can to make sure you are employed and satisfied. This includes partnering with businesses, resume workshops, one on one mock interviews and much more!
Graduate in Less Than a Year
You can be starting your career as an MA in just 9 months! Going to a traditional four year university will leave you in loads of debt with a lot of time lost getting through general education. Here, you can start your career and focus solely on the schooling you need to become a Medical Assistant.
Financial Aid is available for all those who qualify. Grants, scholarships, payment plans and more!
Get the hands-on training you need to succeed. The only thing better than being flexible is getting real world practice to prepare you for your career.
Discover the Rewards of a Career in the Health & Wellness Industry
Southern California Health Institute’s (SOCHi) mission is to provide quality allied health programs in an environment of academic learning to produce empathetic and compassionate allied health workers dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the profession. At Southern California Health Institute, you'll receive career-focused training that will prepare you for a successful healthcare career. Learn more today.
Is Medical Assisting Career Right for You?
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MEDICAL ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM FAQ'S
Below are answers to the MA Program's most commonly asked questions.
- What Happens When You Get Certified as a Medical Assistant?
- What Will I Learn in Medical Assistant Courses?
- Is Our Medical Assistant Program Accredited?
- How Long is The Program?
- Are There Any Prerequisites or Requirements?
- When is The Next MA Class?
- Where Can I Work When I Graduate?
- How Much Is It To Start?
- Do You Offer Grants/Scholarships/Discounts?
- Where Do I Get Started?
This Medical Assistant program at Southern California Health Institute in Los Angeles is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary as an entry-level team member in a medical office, clinic, or other healthcare facilities.
You’ll learn all of the clinical and clerical tools it takes to be a successful Medical Assistant and advance in the field of healthcare. Here is a list of just some of skills you will learn:
- Collecting sensitive medical information
- Checking vitals
- Assisting the physician during exams
- Administering shots or medication
- Drawing blood samples
- Wrapping or caring for wounds
- X-ray or examination prep
- Scheduling appointments
- Screen phone calls
- Updating records
- Filing information
Southern California Health Institute is nationally accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The program will take about 9 months and it is 750 hours of classroom and lab plus an additional on site externship of 150 hours. All of this totals to 900 hours.
To ensure that applicants meet the entry-level requirements for training that will lead toward certification, we require certain documentation for students enrolling in our MA course. Students must be 18 years old or older and have a highschool diploma or GED.
For assistance or questions with any of these requirements, please contact our admissions office at (818) 980-8990.
SOCHi is routinely enrolling for new classes. Please reach out to an admissions advisor today at (818) 980-8990 to see when you can start. The answer is usually soon!
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