Gurnick Medical Assistant graduates join one of the most in-demand careers in the growing healthcare field. Medical Assistants are a vital part of the healthcare team, and they complete administrative and clinical tasks in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.
Our Medical Assistant program includes didactic and laboratory training as well as a clinical component that correlates with the theoretical knowledge. Students will practice and become adept at a variety of clinical skills including patient education, phlebotomy, and first aid.
|Registration Fee (non-refundable)||$100.00|
|Personal Tablet w/Keyboard Fee (non-refundable)||$750.00|
Program Goals and Objectives
- To provide quality education and training that develops the potential of each student to
become a productive, responsible, and professional member of society, as well as a skilled
member of the medical assisting workforce.
- To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge),
psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains.
- To provide our students with open access and a supportive environment that encourages student success in the classroom, laboratory, and on the externship site.
- To encourage professionalism, integrity, and high standards in students.
- To adhere to professional standards incorporating legal and ethical responsibilities of a Medical Assistant.
- To prepare students to organize, to prioritize, and to delegate care by communicating
effectively with members of the medical team.
- To apply knowledge of specific disease conditions in the prevention, treatment, and wellbeing of the patients.
- To prepare students to take the national exam for Clinical Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA).
- To prepare students to take the national exam for Certified EKG Technician (CET-NHA).
Program Outline and Course Descriptions
|Course Title||Quarter Credit Hours|
|Course Number||Title||Clock Hours||Outside of School Preparation Hours||Total Clock Hours||Quarter Credit Hours|
|MA 100||Front Office Records Foundation||96.0||30.0||126.0||6.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramFront Office Records Foundation will introduce students to the creation and maintenance of a patient medical record. The training includes earning a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) training certificate. Students will review the use of computers in modern medical settings, including the management of patient appointments, and in the oversite of a medical records system. Students will practice Electronic Health Records training associated with appointment systems and medical records management. Students will study terminology associated with the HIPAA, computerization, appointment and records management, as well as medical terminology associated with the Skeletal, Muscular, and Nervous Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
|MA 101||Front Office Finances||96.0||30.0||126.0||6.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramFront Office Finances will introduce students to systems used to manage all aspects of medical office finances, including diagnostic and procedural coding and claim form billing. Students will track claims reimbursement, complete patient statements, and review fee collection processes. Students will complete Electronic Health Records training associated with fee setting, procedure and diagnostic detail, and insurance billing, and reimbursement. Students will study terminology associated financial management, as well as medical terminology found in the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive, and Special Senses Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
|MA 102||Front Office Medical Professionals||96.0||30.0||126.0||6.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramFront Office Medical Professionals will teach students the fundamentals of medical office management. Professional communication skills that frame a patient friendly experience are closely examined. Professionalism is practiced in written communications to patients, vendors, and to insurance companies. Students explore management styles., and oversight areas including: reception and treatment areas, patient and employee safety, inventory and supplies, as well as employee training and emergency preparedness. Students will utilize practice management software, and electronic health record documentation associated with patient reception and in written communication to patients. Students will study terminology associated with office management, as well as medical terminology found in the Urinary, Endocrine, and Reproductive Systems. Students will practice EKG’s and prepare to take the Certified EKG Technician certification examination in their final Front Office Course.
|MA 200||Back Office Clinical Foundations||96.0||35.0||131.0||7.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramBack Office Clinical Foundations will introduce students to clinical patient care. Students will practice professional medical communication with patients and colleagues. Students are taught procedure for minor surgery assistance, including set up, instrument sterilization and autoclave technique. They learn medical aseptic practice as required by OSHA for exposure control, and for the disposal of medical waste. Aseptic practice is reinforced through needle safety technique, the administration of medication, and drawing blood from a vein during phlebotomy. The Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Terminology covered in this course includes the Integumentary, the Skeletal and the Muscular Systems. Students will learn structure, function, common diseases, and learn clinical skills associated with each body system.
|MA 201||Back Office Clinical Skills||96.0||35.0||131.0||7.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramBack Office Clinical Skills will introduce students to the back office clinical skills associated with a physical examination. The principles of medical ethics are explored, including guarding information privacy, and protecting Patient Rights. Pharmacologic terminology, and abbreviations are practiced. Students review math skills to correctly calculate dosages and to convert grams and ounces for medicine administration. The structure, function, physiology, and major diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and the eye and ear sense systems are taught in this course. Additionally, for each body system, students practice diagnostic tests, and review associated drugs, lab tests, diagnostic studies, and treatment courses. Students will study First Aid, and will earn CPR Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association (AHA BLS for Health Care Providers).
|MA 202||Back Office Clinical Laboratory||96.0||35.0||131.0||7.0|
Prerequisite: Acceptance to Medical Assistant ProgramBack Office Clinical Laboratory will introduce students to safety practices including asepsis and the disposal of biohazard waste. Students will review the purpose and categories of laboratory tests including the collecting, transporting and handling of specimens. Students will learn about pediatric health management including measuring height and weight, specimen collection, immunization schedules, and medicine administration. The relationship between the human body’s blood chemistry, microbiology, and its nutritional needs and processes are explored. The structure, function, physiology, and major diseases of the urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems are taught in this course. Additionally, for each body system, students practice diagnostic tests, and review associated drugs, laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and treatment courses.
|MA 300||Clinical Externship||180.0||0.0||180.0||6.0|
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Successful completion of the following courses: MA 100 Introduction to Administrative Medical Assisting, MA 101 Anatomy & Physiology I, MA 102 Administrative Medical Assisting, MA 200 Introduction to Clinical Medical Assisting, MA 201 Anatomy and Physiology II, and MA 202Clinical Medical Assisting, with a “C” or better and concurrent enrollment is required. Clinical externship is a six week course includes student placement in a facility that performs various types of skills. It provides exposure for hands on practice, and to apply theory concepts. Externship will provide students the opportunity to assist facility staff with daily duties in the front and back office under staff supervision. This experience marks the point of transition from being a student to becoming a Medical Assistant.
Program Information, Length and Schedule
The program information, length and schedule may change. Make sure to read the accompanying Addendum for change and updates as well as check in with the Admission Advisor for details.
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Medical Assistant program provides a library and classrooms equipped with modern audio-visual teaching aids, textbooks, and simulators. Instructor to Student ratio is 1:15 in laboratory, and 1:30 in lecture. Classes begin 10 times a year. The program consists of 7 courses contained in 3 modules.
Students must be available 8AM-1:15PM, or 5PM to 10:15PM Monday through Thursday for didactic and laboratory course work. While on Externship, student must be available 8AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and may be required to accommodate alternative schedules based on facility placement business hours. Students must be able to complete those special rotations at the schedule provided.
Students receive one hundred eighty (220) hours of didactic and three hundred ninety-six (351) hours of laboratory instruction time and one hundred eighty (180) hours of clinical externship allowing them to apply the lecture topics and lab hands-on skills in practical use when placed in a healthcare facility. One hundred eighty five (195) hours will be student outside work time.
The curriculum provides students with the technical, clinical, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the medical assisting field. Upon completion of the program, a certificate is awarded. Normal completion time for this program is thirty (35) weeks excluding holidays and vacation times.
In order to ensure program completion is on time and the required program hours are fulfilled, class times can and may be rescheduled.
Lab hours are done in conjunction with daily theory delivery and conducted under instructor guidance and supervision.
Outside work will be assigned by instructor in correlation to daily theory topic and skills. Assignments will vary from day to day according to topics, to be done on students own time and will be given due dates.
Certification Exam Review
Students will undergo two intense theory and lab review provided by instructor for certification exam preparation. Preparation is divided into two portions Administrative and Clinical.
Clinical externship includes student placement in a facility that performs various types of skills and provides exposure to theory concepts, and an opportunity for hands-on practice. Externship will provide opportunity for students to assist facility staff with daily duties in the front and back office under staff supervision. This marks the point of transition from being a student to becoming a medical assistant. The externship serves as a practicum without pay to help students apply learned classroom skills. Students will have a variety of tasks to perform and to document for verification purposes. Daily attendance and performance at the site is verification by facility personnel.
*All tasks above are subject to change, add, remove or modified on the ongoing bases according to state regulation and Medical Assistant Certification Examination requirements and ABHES guidelines.
Additional Admission Requirements
Please review the following requirements:
General Admission Requirements for all Programs
Submit an essay (no longer than one-page, double-spaced typed or hand-written) which describes the:
a. Reasons for applicants desire to become a Certified Medical Assistant;
b. Personal attributes the applicant possesses that will support his/her ability to complete the MA program;
c. People, routines, and resources the applicant has to support his/her efforts throughout the program.
Some Campuses (in cases such as if the applicant pool might be larger than the number of available seats at the desired campus location) may require an additional step: an interview with the MA Program Supervisor, Program Coordinator, or designee.
Medical Assistant Certification Participation is required for Graduation. This may be waived by the Program Supervisor, Campus Director, or Academic Director, if a student submits a written employment offer and the offer is time-sensitive and is contingent on the student having their Gurnick diploma in hand.
We, at Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, consider clinical experience one of the most important parts of the medical education. Students will be provided with clinical training at one of the affiliated clinical sites, while attending our medical assistant school.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.
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Medical Assistant Certification in California
Find more information about Certification for Medical Assistants in California in the section Licensure, Certification and Registry Disclaimer in our Catalog and Addendum.
Medical Assistant Job Outlook and Salary
Click on the link for Occupational Profile for Medical Assistants in California provided by State of California Employment Development Department. Additionally, some information is presented by County: Medical Assistants in San Francisco Bay Area, Medical Assistants in East Bay Area, Medical Assistants in Fresno County, Medical Assistants in Stanislaus County, Medical Assistants in Sacramento Metro Area.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I obtain more information about MA program?
You can fill out our online contact form to have information mailed to you or to have a school representative contact you. Click here to do so. Or you simply call us at 1-877-GURNICK.
Q: I want to register for MA program. How do I get started?
Please refer to our section about Admission Requirements.
Q: I have a foreign diploma/degree. Do I need to have it evaluated?
Yes. Please find more info in Foreign Transcript / Diploma Evaluations policy in Catalog and Addendum.
Q: Where can I get my diploma/degree evaluated?
Yes. Please find more info in Foreign Transcript / Diploma Evaluations policy in Catalog and Addendum.
Q: What is the SLE exam and how can I prepare for it?
Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.
Q: What if I don't pass the SLE exam?
To qualify for the MA program, you must pass the exam. Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.
Q: What does the entrance exam consist of?
Please click on the link for more info about the SLE exam.
Q: I have a medical degree. Am I still required to take the entrance exam?
Yes. All applicants regardless of degree or background must pass the entrance exam prior to admission into the program.
Q: Is the program accredited?
Please click on the link to learn more about Accreditation.
Q: How do I pay for the program?
We have flexible payment options and private student loans. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Q: Are there any breaks within the school year?
Click on the link for more information: Academic Calendar.
Q: Are didactic courses and laboratories held on campus?
Q: Do I have to find my own internship?
No, an internship will be provided for all of our students.
Q: Are the internships paid positions?
No, all internships are unpaid.
Q: How much does the program cost?
To view the fee breakdown, please see the Program Fees section.
Q: Can I obtain Financial Aid?
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts participates in various federal and state student financial assistance programs. Please see the Financial Aid section for more information.
Q: Once I graduate from the program, will I be getting a degree or a certificate?
The Medical Assistant Program is a certificate program.
Q: Do you offer job placement?
We assist with job placements for all students who successfully complete the program. However, we cannot guarantee employment.
Facts and Fun Statistics
This is a new section for many of you who expressed interest in such facts as the ones below about our Academy and our Programs. Medical Assistant Program is offered at all campus locations of our medical assistant school. Let us share with you some facts:
- More than 48% of our San Mateo Campus students come from Daly City, San Francisco, San Mateo, Hayward and South San Francisco. 29% from other Bay Area cities – Fremont, Newark, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Jose, San Leandro and Sunnyvale.
- More than 57% of our Concord Campus students come from Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Concord, Fairfield, Oakland, Pittsburg and Vallejo, California. 23% come from Alameda, Berkeley, Dublin, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Vacaville and Walnut Creek.
- More than 47% of our Fresno Campus students come from Fresno. More than 35% of our Modesto Campus: students come from Modesto. Of course there are many nursing students from neighboring cities to Modesto and Fresno who choose Gurnick Academy. For example, Modesto campus has students from Atwater, Ceres, Escalon, Livingston, Manteca, Merced, Oakdale, Riverbank, Sonora, Stockton, Tracy, Turlock (50.5%), and Fresno – from Clovis, Hanford, Madera, Sanger and Visalia (30.5%).
- More than 34% of our Sacramento Campus students come from the city of Sacramento (including West Sacramento) and 11% come from Elk Grove. Many of our students reside in neighboring cities such as Anderson, Antelope, Auburn, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Fairfield, Folsom, Galt, Gold River, Guinda, Lincoln, Lodi, Marysville, Mather, Newcastle, Olivehurst, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Ripon, Rocklin, Roseville, South Lake Tahoe, Somerset, Sonora, Stockton, Suisun, Tracy, Travis Air Force Base, Vacaville, Vallejo, Wilton, Woodland, Yakima, and Yuba City.
- Most of Van Nuys Campus students are from Panorama City, North Hills, Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Pacoima, Encino, North Hollywood, Mission Hill, Studio City, San Fernanando, Sun Valley, Northridge, Tarzana, Granada Hills, Winnetka, Sunland, and West Hollywood.
Available at the Following Campuses
Program Length & Schedule
35 weeks/951 hours/45 quarter credit hours
5 days varying Monday through Friday for up to 8 hours
New Evening Classes Enrolling Now at our San Mateo, Concord, and Fresno Campuses!
The didactic training correlates with the lab and clinical education.