Medical Assistant Program

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2020!

The Medical Office Clinical and Administrative Professional Program at MiraCosta College was founded in January 2019. The program is a full-time, one-year program which may include summer. A new cohort starts every August. Please see the current class schedule for date and times.
This program will include online, in class, and clinical hours.

Please Note:  This schedule is subject to change without notice.

Career Opportunities

The annual salary for Medical Office Clinical and Administrative professionals is approximately $35,000. They may seek employment in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices, industry, public health agencies or various governmental agencies.

Certificate of Achievement

You may receive an Certificate of Achievement upon completion of additional course requirements as listed in the college catalog.

Course Content

MiraCosta College meets the state requirements by providing a minimum of 160 hours of training prior to qualifying for MA licensure.

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students for employment as a medical assistant under the direction of a physician or registered nurse in a clinical or office setting. The curriculum is designed to provide training in administrative (front office) and clinical (back office medical assisting skills). Instruction is given in basic medical office procedures, assisting with examinations, laboratory procedures, electrocardiography, and patient advocacy.


Equivalent courses from other schools will be accepted. These prerequisites must be completed with a grade “C” or better prior to applying for the program.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the MiraCosta College MA Program applicants must be 17 years of age or older, and have the following:

Detailed information can be found in the MAP Application Packet.

*Note: If you have any convictions on your background check in the last 7 years, you will not be eligible to start the program.

Admission Policy

Complete applications are accepted on an on-going basis. Upon submission of a completed application packet, you will be informed for which semester you are scheduled to attend.

Application Process

Applications are available in the Nursing and Allied Health Department Bldg. T420 or can be downloaded from the link above.  Complete application packets must be submitted in person to the Allied Health Occupations secretary in Bldg. T420. Incomplete packets will not be accepted. 


Residency laws require that a student 1) reside in California for a period of one year immediately preceding the opening date of the term, and 2) provide evidenced intent of residency in California or be subject to nonresident tuition.  Please see class schedule for detailed information.


Students should plan on spending approximately $2000 during the MA Program for tuition, uniforms, books, and the required physical examination and immunizations.  Since the clinical portion of the program is taught at local hospitals and clinics, students must have reliable transportation to these sites and should budget for these expenses.

Scholarships and loans are available for qualified students. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.

MiraCosta College is committed to providing equal education and employment opportunities to all persons regardless of, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or parental status, disability, age, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.  Individuals with verifiable disabilities may be accommodated with advance notice.