Medical Assisting: Administrative Certificate Health Sciences Total Units: 28.5

Term Effective: Fall 2017

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Medical Assisting: Administrative - effective Fall 2014
Medical Assisting: Administrative - effective Summer 2011
Medical Assisting: Administrative - effective Fall 2006
Medical Assisting: Administrative - effective Fall 1981


This program is currently under revision, please go to: for current information, and/or contact Kat Slusser at for more information and questions.

The Medical Assisting: Administrative Certificate of Achievement prepares students for work in physicians' offices, medical clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, health agencies, and educational institutions. This certificate provides training in administrative (front office) skills.

The duties of a medical assistant vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the physician's specialty. In small practices, medical assistants are usually generalists, handling both clerical and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager or physician. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.

Administrative Medical Assistants' duties include greeting patients, answering telephones, scheduling appointments, maintaining and filing client medical records, completing insurance forms, arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services, handling billing, bookkeeping, and physician correspondence. They also help maintain a neat, clean waiting room and front office. They may advance to office management positions.

The employment outlook is very good. Job titles include administrative medical assistant, administrative assistant, medical receptionist, medical records clerk, medical secretary, hospital unit secretary, insurance claims processor, and medical research assistant.

This program of study is also available as an Associate degree major option.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to greet patients, answer telephones, schedule appointments, maintain and filing client medical records, complete insurance forms, arrange hospital admissions and laboratory services, handle billing, bookkeeping, and physician correspondence; and
  2. demonstrate means of helping to maintain a neat, clean waiting room and front office.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Medical Assisting: Administrative program are:

  • Complete 28.5 units from
    • Medical Assisting Core Requirements
    • Medical Assisting: Administrative Requirements

Medical Assisting Core Requirements - complete 20.50 units
CS 60.11AMicrosoft Word, Part 11.50
HLC 160Medical Terminology3.00
MA 160Introduction to Medical Office Practice3.00
MA 161Law and Ethics for Medical Assistants1.00
MA 162Disease Processes4.00
MA 171Electronic Health Records in the Medical Office Setting2.00
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ANAT 58Introduction to Human Anatomy3.00
Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology2.00
HLC 140Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology1.00
Medical Assisting: Administrative Requirements - complete 8.00 units
MA 166.1Externship: Medical Assisting3.50
MA 167Basic Diagnostic Coding1.50
MA 168Basic Medical Office Insurance Billing1.50
MA 169Procedural Coding1.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


All courses must be completed with a "C" or better to receive a certificate.

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