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Medical Assisting

Beginning in Fall 2018, the MEDA program will be on hiatus. If you are currently pursuing a MEDA certificate, and still have classes to complete, please contact Alana Utsumi at to discuss all options available.

The Field

Administrative Medical Assistants are an important part of the medical team. They help to keep medical organizations streamlined and organized by scheduling appointments and managing a front desk, along with more technical work like keeping medical and financial records, and transcribing reports.

To succeed in administrative medical assisting, students will need to work well with others, employ strong communication and organizational skills, and be confident in dealing with customers.

The Administrative Medical Assisting Program at Skyline College

Students enrolled in the Administrative Medical Assisting program at Skyline College can expect to learn the skills necessary to enter the workforce at the cutting edge of administrative medical assisting. Four of the available certificates include a working clerkship, giving our students hands-on experience in the area of Administrative Medical Assisting, including specialty areas such as Medical Editing, Insurance Billing, and Medical Coding. 

Career Outlook

Currently, Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations worldwide. Career opportunities abound for well-trained medical assistants, including work in physician's offices, clinics, hospitals, labs, medical publication firms, pharmaceutical firms, public health agencies, and health insurance companies.

Demand for Medical Assistants is high, with a national job growth rate of 29% over the next decade, much faster than average. Medical Assistants in California make an average of $34,050 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor.