Medical Assisting, Associate in Science

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a variety of careers in ambulatory healthcare.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Perform safe, competent, and responsible patient care and medical office procedures within the ethical and legal parameters of a medical assistant.
  • Locate, use, and refer to credible professional and technical resources as needed in patient care and day-to-day office business.
  • Apply observation, adaptability, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to continuously improve patient care, administrative operations, and staff relations in the medical office.
  • Succinctly and accurately communicate and follow through with patients and members of the healthcare team using various modalities, including up-to-date computer technology.
  • Implement efficient time-management techniques to ensure smooth patient flow in a medical office.

Associate in Science Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ANAT 5Human Biology4
& CSIS 50L
MS Office Applications
and MS Office Applications Lab
ENGL 1ACollege Composition3
or ENGL 1AE College Composition: Enhanced
MEDA 100Introduction to Health Careers1
MEDA 101Ethics, Law and IT Security in the Medical Office3
MEDA 105Medical Terminology4
MEDA 110Medical Office Management 13
MEDA 112Medical Office Computer Applications2
MEDA 114Medical Insurance Management2
MEDA 118Pharmacology and Human Diseases3
MEDA 120Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques I3
MEDA 121Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques II3
MEDA 122Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques III3
MEDA 130Medical Assisting Externship 23
or MEDA 140 Medical Assisting Apprenticeship Capstone
Current valid healthcare provider CPR certificate (American Heart Association only)0
Recommended Electives
Healthy Living
Health Psychology
Additional Requirements
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.20
Total Units60

A student enrolled in CLICK Medical Assisting Apprenticeships may substitute an Independent Study (MEDA 90, 3 Units) for MEDA 110.


MEDA 130 is appropriate for traditional Medical Assisting students. MEDA 140 is appropriate only for Medical Assisting Apprenticeship students.

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.