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Important qualities to have

Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

covid-19 vaccination requirements

We offer optional externships to our Medical Assistant students and our affiliate clinical sites currently require Covid-19 vaccinations.

new! NCCRS College Credit

More than 1,500 cooperating colleges and universities (including most California Community Colleges and Cal State Universities) will consider granting college credit based on NCCRS credit recommendations. Additional colleges may also award college units for SICE Medical Career Courses. Please visit our Credit Recommendations FAQs page for more info.

Medical Assistant Plus Phlebotomy (New for Spring!)

medical asst plus phlebotomy

Medical assistants are responsible for supporting physicians and other healthcare professionals in patient care. They prep patients for exams, administer medications, perform injections, and perform non-invasive routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician. Medical assistants with an add-on phlebotomist license can perform venipunctures and obtain lab samples for diagnostic testing. 

Students successfully completing the Phlebotomy Program (basic, advanced, and externship) receive completion certificates and are eligible to take the NCCT Phlebotomy exam and apply for State Licensing. Students should be aware that blood withdrawal techniques are practiced on classmates throughout this course. For additional certification information, please see Laboratory Field Services (LFS) section at 

Students must provide the following documentation to the State of California to be licensed: Proof of high school graduation through transcripts (U.S. or translated foreign) or GED (English version) and a background check.

Save $200 when you take this combined course instead of taking Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy individually.

spring 2023

Medical Assistant Dates: January 24 - June 3, 2023 (Clinical training in classroom begins April 14, 2023)

Medical Assistant Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Medical Assistant Times: Tues & Thurs: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sat: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Phlebotomy Dates: March 6 - May 24, 2023

Phlebotomy Days: Monday & Wednesday

Phlebotomy Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Room: 502

NCCRS Credits: 20 (optional clinical is additional 4 credits)

Fee: $2,955*, includes uniform, textbooks, classroom supplies, CPR training & externship

Medical Program Requirements: All SICE medical courses include required textbooks, supplies, and uniforms (unless otherwise noted). Students in all SICE medical programs should be 18 years or older, and speak, read, and write at a minimum 10th grade level.

Clinical Requirements: A Social Security or tax ID number, background check, medical exam, vaccinations (including Covid-19), drug screening, government-issued picture ID, N95 mask fitting, CPR, TB test, and Fire Card (for Los Angeles if applicable) are mandatory for those SICE medical programs that require clinical externships at partner facilities. Other clinical requirements may exist. Clinical externships included in SICE medical programs are unpaid educational experiences.

Licensing Requirements: In addition to program completion and clinical requirements, proof of U.S. High School diploma or equivalent, passing licensure exam score, and additional items may be required for licensure in California. 

*The combined course is a $200 value vs. taking each program individually