Accredited Training Programs & Courses for Online 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?

A medical assistant is any person who is working as an aide or help of a doctor or medical office. Are you ready to start your career in the world of healthcare? The duties of an assistant are split between administrative and clinical work. The administrative or clerical portion revolves around paperwork, filing, and desk work, while the clinical portion revolves more around assisting the doctor or specialist first hand with procedures and preparation and dealing with patients face-to-face. Medical Assistants are an essential part of the healthcare team, and their responsibilities continue to expand.

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.

Discover Your Future in Our Online Based Medical Assistant Program

Job Placement

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.

Affordable Tuition

Financial Aid is available for all those who qualify. Grants, scholarships, payment plans and more!

Hands-Practical Training

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.

Credible Education

It’s important that your school is certified to show that you have some credibility in the resources you are learning. There are many accredited medical assisting programs, but SOCHi Medical Assistant courses are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).

We Are a Stepping Stone

All of our programs are designed to help you succeed. When it comes to our Medical Assistant program, you are not only ready to start your career, but you’re also in a great position to continue to advance your education while you make money! You can get a job as a medical assistant, as you go back to school to get more certifications or degrees such as a registered nurse degree or an LVN. The opportunities are bountiful.

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MA School

Medical assistants serve side by side with physicians, therapists and others on the healthcare team, treating patients from newborns to elder citizens. Southern California Health Institute’s Medical Assistant Training Program is focused on providing training which upon graduation allows for eligibility to sit for the exam through the California Certifying Board of Medical Assistants (CCBMA). This certification provides the graduate with further legitimacy as a healthcare worker when seeking employment.

If you have a passion for helping others, like to work as part of a team, and prefer working in a healthcare environment, the Medical Assistant program at SOCHi is an excellent start to a career in healthcare in less than ten months.


NHA empowers people to access a better future through exams, preparation materials and study guides. They are passionately committed to developing, advancing and advocating for the frontline healthcare worker, resulting in improved patient care. Recognizing that the scope of practice for the medical assisting profession is always evolving, NHA, with the help of numerous subject matter experts, recently conducted a nationwide Job Analysis to ensure that our exam tests the most current and relevant competencies necessary to ensure proficiency in the profession with the CCMA certification exam.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistants (CCMAs) are a vital part of clinical patient care. Because CCMAs are trained to perform so many different tasks, they are in great demand in the workforce.

Here at SOCHi, we like to create an environment where our graduates can realize their potential and soar to the greatest heights. With our enhanced curriculum and communal environment, you will be sure to find yourself with a steady job as a Medical Assistant and slowly advancing as more time passes. We like to think of ourselves as a stepping stone to what you can really do all on your own. Give us a call and see how we can assist you in finding the best version of yourself in the world of Health and Wellness.

MA Program
Graduate in less than 10 months!

As explained above, the role of a medical assistant is split up into two parts: clinical and administrative. Both equally as important, they balance each other out so they can sustain their clinic and keep it running. A clinic can only continue to assist it’s patients in the doctor’s room once the proper data, information, and paperwork is completed. Below is a list of just some of the duties Medical Assistants are responsible for:

  • Answering messages and responding accordingly
  • Assisting the physician
  • Assisting with insurance forms
  • Bookkeeping
  • Changing wound dressings
  • Conducting lab tests
  • Describing procedures or testing to patients to prepare them for physician
  • Drawing blood
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Entering patient information
  • Informing patients of medicinal instructions
  • Injections
  • Making a good first impression
  • Measuring vitals
  • Minor coding
  • Preparing patients for x-rays
  • Preparing samples for testing in the lab
  • Recording medical history and confidential information
  • Removing stitches
  • Scheduling exams
  • Scheduling patient appointments and any follow ups
  • Screening phone calls

The duties listed above can be achieved by obtaining a specified skill-set through our curriculum. Below are just a few of the courses and lessons: Anatomy, Physiology, Human Diseases for the Medical Assistant, Medical Insurance, Assisting duties, Office administration, Pharmacology, Safety, Phlebotomy, Injections, Lab testing, Urine Analysis, and EKG.

The Medical Assistant program at Southern California Health Institute 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. If you’re ever wondering “What does a Medical Assistant do?” you can let them know that they ensure that healthcare offices are up and running by managing both in the clerical and clinical field.

The world of healthcare is rapidly advancing, therefore that means that there is a constant need for medical assistants. There is much value in a medical assistant who is aware of their abilities and can successfully attribute these skills to the medical office they are working in. Since the position of a Medical Assistant is such a valuable assist in the world of Healthcare and Wellness the opportunity of training to become one can provide you with a structurally sound career with many benefits. At SOCHi, you will tactfully go through all the lessons needed to be a professional in the world of Medical Assisting.

A foundation in the primary medical language, as well as the structure and function of the human body, is provided. The program focuses on helping students develop competency in the areas of administrative and clinical procedures, preparing patients for examinations, back-office clinical procedures, administration of medications, and routine laboratory procedures. the medical team in an efficient clinical setting. Topics in professional development and career preparation are also explored throughout the program. Upon successful completion of the classroom and laboratory training, students are required to complete 150 hours of externship. Students will receive a membership in the California Medical Assistants Association.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be prepared for employment as entry-level Medical Assistants and will be eligible to sit for a certification exam through the National Health career Association as a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant(CCMA).

MA Cetification

Upon finishing your Medical Assistant program, you will be ready to venture out into the world of Health and Wellness and gain employment at a credible medical institution. In terms of where you can work, there are many possibilities. Any medical office or institution that assists patients would be somewhere you would be eligible to work in. This includes doctors offices, urgent cares, and hospitals. Below is a list of some the places a certified medical assistant can work at.

  • Physician offices
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Dental Offices
  • Urgent Care Facilities
  • Rehab Centers
  • Optometry clinic
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Orthopedic Clinic
  • Plastic Surgery Clinic
  • Medical Laboratory
Introduction to Medical Assisting
  • Lecture Hours: 100
  • Lab Hours: 50
  • Contact Hours: 150
  • Prerequisites: None

This course covers the role of the medical assistant, including professionalism, duties and responsibilities, and working within various medical specialties.

Also covered in this course are communication skills, medical law and ethics, medical office management, and compliance and regulatory issues affecting the role of the Medical Assistant.

Anatomy, Physiology & Human Diseases
  • Lecture Hours: 150
  • Contact Hours: 150
  • Prerequisites: None

This course provides an overview to the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and function including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body.

In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.

Additionally, this course covers medical terminology, symbols and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of health care. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the main focus is on medical vocabulary and being able to construct terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes, and prefixes.

MA salary

Medical Assisting as a profession is consistently growing at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, we will never reach a moment in time where everyone at all times is always healthy.

Therefore, medical offices will always be around, subsequently, medical assistants will be needed to keep those offices up and running.

Medical assistants are valuable and we are seeing that statistically being proven every day. The projected job growth is faster than average through 2024 (14% or higher)*. Median salary in California is $33,850.00*.

* as specified by

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Gain clinical and medical office skills in a supportive, hands-on learning environment. Learn to support patients and doctors with our medical assistant diploma program.

Experienced Faculty
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SOCHI faculty members share their breadth of life experiences and interests that fuel the excellent learning environment on campus.

Scholarship and Financial Aid
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SOCHi will also assist students in applying for student financial assistance in order to defray the cost of their education.

This elevating career strategy is available to the San Fernando Valley area. Areas such as San Fernando, Burbank, Reseda. Sun Valley, Calabasas, Northridge, Glendale, Pacoima, Sherman Village, Hidden Hills, Arleta, Encino, Santa Clarita, North Hills, Valley Village, Van Nuys, and North Hollywood are all in our service area.


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
  • Billing
  • 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!

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Dental Offices
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Laboratory
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Optometry clinic
  • Orthopedic Clinic
  • Physician offices
  • Plastic Surgery Clinic
  • Rehab Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Urgent Care Facilities
Yes, our financial aid department offers various ways of assistance to those who qualify. Just inquire within!
Fill out the registration form on this page or call us at (818) 980-8990 to start your journey to become a Medical Assistant in California!