The North Orange County ROP Medical Assistant Training Program provides students with the skills and experiences to gain confidence, a rewarding career, and endless possibilities as a Medical Assistant. Students will learn the basic function and duties within an administrative and clinical setting in preparation for the Medical Assistant certification examination through National Center for Competency Testing. The program consists of 21 – 28 weeks, including a total of 276 hours in theory and a 5-week clinical internship (120 – 160 hours). After completing the Medical Assistant Training Program along with 120-160 hours of work-related experience, the student will be eligible to take the Medical Assistant certification exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) at no additional cost. All course materials will be provided in order to support and prepare students for not only success, but endless possibilities.

Program Outcome:

Students who successfully complete the program will be assisted in the process of taking the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam

North Orange County ROP’s Medical Assistant Training Program is approved by the California Department of Education and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Adult student training at side of hospital bed
Medical Assistant Training Program Pathway Map


Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative

Course Description:

This course trains students to assist a physician and work in a laboratory or medical office. Students learn the following content and skills:

  • Medical and surgical asepsis
  • Assisting with the physical examination of the patient and minor surgical procedures
  • Electrocardiography
  • Administration of medication by physician order
  • Laboratory skills for blood withdrawal, urinalysis, and specimen collection
  • Assisting with diagnostic procedures
  • Nutrition
  • Vital signs
  • Introduction to basic anatomy and physiology as well as diseases commonly related to the medical office experience
  • Medical terminology
  • Medical office administrative skills
  • Successful completion of Medical Terminology: Anatomy & Physiology
  • Recommended basic computer knowledge including Google and Microsoft programs
  • Student must have valid American Heart Association Basic Life Support card prior to start date
  • NCCT Medical Assistant Certification requires a high school diploma or GED
    * For those who do not have a high school diploma or GED, a Medical Assistant certification examination is available through the California Certified Board for Medical Assistant (CCBMA), for approximately $145.

Course Outcomes & Certifications:

Students who successfully complete this course, including 120-160 hours of clinical externship are eligible to take the Medical Assistant certification exam through the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) at no additional cost.

*Medical Assistant: Clinical & Administrative is an optional prerequisite for the Vocational Nurse Training Program

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM NOCROP: All courses and facility training partners will follow COVID-19 safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Governor’s office, California Department of Public Health, and the Orange County Health Care Agency. Recommendations may include, but are not limited to, full COVID-19 vaccination status before participating in onsite clinical training or externships. Please take this into consideration prior to enrolling/registering for classes.


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