The next Medical Assistant Program will tentatively begin Fall of 2022. Updates will be posted on our website as they become available.
If you have any questions please email Beatriz Trillas, Staff Support Technician at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MA class

News & Updates

    • You must be registered for all Fall Medical Assistant classes in order to be in the program: MA 71, MA 73, MA 75 and if you have not already taken Medical Terminology, please register for AHP 100. You must also register for BIO 90 (scroll down to "Schedule of classes")
    • Students will be required to complete clearances that include a background check and drug screen, basic physical exam and immunizations, and CPR card from the American Heart Association. Please check your IVC student email often as you will be receiving important information regarding the Medical Assistant Program.
    • The required uniform will be required in Externship Classes and Skills Lab – MA 077, MA 081, MA 083, MA 085 and MA 087 along with an N-95 mask.




The Medical Assistant Program at Imperial Valley College has been active since 1997. Preparation is available for front and back office certification. After completion of 30 units, an IVC Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting is awarded, and students prepare to take the certification exam to become certified in California.

Duties of a Medical Assistant

MAs help physicians examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks to keep offices and clinics running smoothly. MAs usually handle clerical and clinical duties and report directly to the office manager or physician. Some administrative (front office) duties include answering phones, greeting patients, updating patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admission and lab services. Some clinical (back office) duties include taking and recording vital signs and medical history, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for exams, and assisting during the exam.Medical assistant employment is expected to grow in the next decade. The expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment will result in an increased use of medical assistants by healthcare establishments.

Characteristics, Working Conditions, and Salary

A Medical Assistant is considered a member of the Allied Health team and is a multi-skilled health professional used in ambulatory areas such as clinics and doctor's offices. An MA is expected to be proficient in the administrative, clinical, and lab components of the workplace. Characteristics include organization, critical thinking, excellent communication skills, a compassion demeanor, being a good listener, customer service oriented, trustworthy, being honest and having integrity, competent, adaptable, team player, humility, self-motivator, and having a smile contribute to a great MA. The annual salary is from $32,000 to $38,000 depending on location. The average hourly rate in California ranges from $11 to $16, sometimes higher pending location.

Course of Study



 AHP 100  Medical Terminology
 MA 071   Introduction to Medical Assistant
 MA 073  Medical Assistant Administration 
 MA 075  Principles for Medical Billing, Insurance & Coding 
 BIO 090  Anatomy & Physiology for Health Occupations
 MA 077  Administrative Externship
 MA 081  Medication Math & Pharmacology
 MA 083  Foundations of Medical Practice for MA's
 MA 085  Exam Room & Special Procedures
 MA 087   MA Practicum and Review


Schedule of Classes:

MA Program begin every Fall Semester


 Spring  Summer 
 AHP 100   MA 077  MA 081  MA 087
 MA 071    MA 083  
 MA 073    MA 085  
 MA 075      
 BIO 090      
 14 units  1 units  11 units  4 units 


How to Enroll

  • Apply to the College (for new and returning students)
  • Enroll in Semester 1 MA classes and follow the sequence

A grade of C or higher is required for successful completion of each course; students cannot progress to the next course if a C is not obtained. Check the course syllabus for details. Students with previous credit are advised to meet with a counselor for direction. Refer to the IVC Schedule Site for course syllabus

Medical Assistant Program General Information

Required Materials and Cost:

Costs include required textbooks, uniform and accessories, and the certification exam. Additional costs include enrollment fees and parking.

Tuition (30units) $46/units x 3 sem = $1,380

$25 per semester = $50

$15 per winter/summer = $30 

Textbooks $320
Clearances $250-$300


1. Today's Medical Assistant: Clinical and Administrative Procedures by Kathy Bonewit-West, Sue A. Hunt, Edith Applegate. 3rd Edition ISBN: 978-0-323-31127-4

 2. Study Guide for Today's Medical Assistant - 3rd edition by Kathy Bonewit-West, Sue A. Hunt, Edith Applegate. Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-323-31128-1

 3. Exploring Electronic Health Records - 2017 Second Edition - Text and eBook (1-year access) and NAVIGATOR+ (codes via ground delivery) ISBN: 978-0-76388-136-8 Author(s): Darline Foltz and Karen Lankisch PARADIGM

 4. Principles of pharmacology for Medical Assisting 6th Ed. / Rice / Cengage ISBN: 978-1-305-85932-6


Required Clearances

Students must receive full clearance before entering any of the externship sites. Upon enrolling in MA classes, students will begin to receive emails regarding clearances to their IVC student email account.

The following clearances are required:

  • A background check and urine drug screen ($110)
  • Current BLS CPR card
  • Free at IVC: Physical exam, TB screen, and immunizations (Influenza [during flu season Oct-Mar], 2-step MMR, Hepatitis B series, Tdap, and Varicella).


Students are advised to meet with the Nursing & Allied Health Program Counselor for guidance and direction on their educational plan. The counselor is located in the Counseling Department, Building 100 – Stella Orfanos-Woo, 760-355-6543 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certification Exam

Year-round testing is conducted by the Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA) Students take all sections of the exam - Basic plus Administrative and Clinical - to become certified as Medical Assistants in California. Students will receive information on applying for the exam during MA 087.

Additional Resources:

The Medical Board of California -

Certification Testing -


MA Handbook


If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Beatriz Trillas, Nursing Program, Staff Support Technician at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lidia Trejo. Medical Assistant Instructor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Rebecca Agundez, Medical Assistant Instructor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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