VCC & CSUSM Medical Assistant Training Program

Next class starts January 25, 2021

Train for an exciting and high demand career as a Medical Assistant. Vista Community Clinic (VCC) and Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Extended Learning are partnering in a healthcare grant to develop certificated Medical Assistants. Upon completion, CSUSM will issue a Certificate of Completion of the Medical Assistant Training Program. Successful completion can lead to sitting for the California Certified Medical Assistant. The program will be open to unemployed/underemployed and entry-level administrative staff at Vista and other community clinics.

Career pathway:

Certified medical assistants most often work in a doctor’s office, a nursing care center, or another medical facility such as a hospital, nursing home, or pharmacy. Their responsibilities include providing continuing patient care, working with doctors and nurses to meet the needs of patients, and performing administrative and clerical duties in an office environment. They greet and assist patients with paperwork, show patients to their exam rooms, and take patients’ vitals and draw blood. A typical work week usually includes a full-time schedule during regular business hours, although they may be hired for night shifts.

  • Interview and record patients’ medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Collect, prepare and log blood, tissue or other laboratory specimens.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • May assist with administrative duties including scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes.

The six-month program combines classroom instruction and clinical experience to prepare students to work as medical assistants in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes and school health offices. Job placement assistance is available for those who successfully complete the program. The total cost of the program is $3,000 including textbooks. Tuition assistance is available for a limited number of students who qualify.

Classes for the Medical Assistant Training Program are held during the week on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturdays at VCC: North River, 4700 North River Road in Oceanside.

Application deadline for the upcoming semester is September 14th. Apply now! For more information, call Vista Community Clinic by phone at (760) 631-5000 ext 7146 or send an email to
You can download the general (non-employee) application by clicking here

*Dates to remember:

  • Application deadline: 9/14/2020
  • Tuition due by: 12/18/2020
  • First day of class: 1/25/2021
  • Last day of class: 7/7/2021 (followed by 80 hour externship)