Program Facts

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Certificate Program

Program Length: 8 months

Start Date: Monthly

Location: Riverside & Huntington Park


Telephone: (888) 430-4224

* Note: For additional course details and campus locations see Program Outline.

Program Overview

The Medical Administrative Assistant program at ACH Riverside and Huntington Park, CA prepares individuals to perform routine clerical and reception duties in patient care and within a health care facility. Courses may include business communication, medical terminology and office management, as well as medical law and ethics.

Medical Administrative Assistants manage the day-to-day operations of a medical facility, and are responsible for running a medical office, maintaining medical records, scheduling patients and understanding patient needs. Many Medical Administrative Assistants go on to become medical office managers.


A Medical Administrative Assistant should be familiar with and be able to efficiently use communication technology typical in a modern medical office. Basic secretarial skills are a necessity, as are field specific skills and an awareness and fluency with laboratory procedures.Duties performed by a Medical Administrative Assistant may include any combination of the following:

  • Appointment scheduling
  • Client billing / collections and insurance
  • Handling payroll
  • Medical records management
  • Preparation of forms
  • Receiving and directing patients
  • Recording patient vital signs
  • Transcribing medical records
  • Using medical software

Career Opportunities

Over the past several years, federal rules of reimbursement for Medicaid and Medicare have changed, and medical billing has increased in complexity. As a result, there has been a need for increasing numbers of specially trained office staff in the medical field.

Medical Administrative Assistants can use their knowledge of medical and office terminology and procedures to work in a variety of jobs, including (but not limited to):

  • Admitting and Discharge Clerk
  • Executive Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Hospital Admissions Coordinator
  • Insurance Clerks
  • Medical Office Managers
  • Medical Records Manager
  • Patient relations representative
  • Receptionists
  • Transcriptionists

Graduates of ACH’s Medical Administrative Assistant program can choose to work in a variety of locations, including (but not limited to):

  • Chiropractic offices
  • Clinics
  • Dental offices
  • Hospitals
  • Medical billing and insurance companies
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician offices
  • Veterinary offices

Overall employment for Medical Administrative Assistants is expected to grow by 12% from 2010 to 2020, and Medical Administrative Assistants who work in California earn a mean wage of $34,660 to $37,150, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2012.

Admission Requirements

Students are not required to, but may choose to become a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). To become a CMAA, an individual must pass a certification examination sponsored by the National Healthcare Association. The exam is tailored for individuals whose responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Medical Front Office – Administrative Assistant
  • In-Patient Admitting Clerk
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Financial Bookkeeping
  • Medical Accounts Receivables

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