Medical Assistant Program (MA)

Available at

San Mateo Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Concord Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Modesto Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Fresno Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Sacramento Campus

Start Date: September 23, 2019

Program Description

A Medical Assistant works in a physician or other health practitioner's office and is considered an indispensable force. A Medical Assistant performs a variety of administrative and clinical tasks. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts Medical Assistant students will be taught the principles of front and back office medical assisting. They will be introduced to the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology.

Students will practice and become adept at a variety of clinical skills including patient education, phlebotomy, and performing first aid. The program includes didactic and laboratory hands-on training as well as a clinical externship component where each student will be placed in one of a variety of facilities.

Medical Assistants in other states as well as in California may also be called: Clinical Certified Medical Assistants (CCMA), Medical Office Assistants, Optometric Assistants, Clinical Assistants, Registered Medical Assistants, Certified Ophthalmic Technicians, Chiropractor Assistants, and Ophthalmic Assistants.

Medical Assistant Program is a certificate program.

Mission Statement



Clinical Training

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.

Admission Requirements

Please review the following requirements:

  1. General Admission Requirements for all Programs
  2. Additional Admission Requirements per Program

Program Length and Schedule


8 months (30 weeks/941 hours/43 quarter credit hours)

3 modules


180 hours

Sessions Schedule

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.

Program Fees

The table below reflects the upcoming future starts only.

Registration Fee (non-refundable) $100.00
Books  $100.00
Personal Tablet w/Keyboard Fee (non-refundable) $750.00
Tuition Fee  $13,842.11
TOTAL COST $14,792.11

 Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for more information about Financial Assistance.

For details please call:

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

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.

Medical Assistant Program and Career Video