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Start Your Career in Health Care Today!

The Medical Assisting Program at Cañada College is designed to provide the finest training and experience available. Through the expertise of a talented faculty, and exposure to professionals in the field, students can expect to learn administrative duties such as medical/ financial records management, medical report transcription, patient appointment scheduling, and clinical duties including preparation of patients for examination, assistance with minor surgery, giving injections, and operating electrocardiographs.

Students graduate from the Medical Assisting Program ready to enter the workforce and launch their careers. The job market for medical assistants is very bright for students with a certificate or degree. The Bureau of Labor Market Statistics projects a 24% growth in job openings in San Mateo County, and a 21% increase across the nation, by 2027. Medical Assisting is also the perfect launching pad for other careers in the medical administrative field or in the patient care field.

For additional information on outside accreditations and certifications, please visiting the Certifications Information webpage.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

 A career in Medical Assisting involves lots of coordination in various types of health care, and is a great entryway into a career in nursing. Students in Cañada College’s Medical Assisting Program can specialize either in the administrative or in the direct patient care fields. Both areas involve lots of patient interaction and are great areas for career growth in the health care industry.

Clinical Medical Assisting Responsibilities Include:

  • Monitoring patient vital signs
  • Taking medical histories
  • Preparing patients for examinations
  • Collecting laboratory samples

Administrative Medical Assisting Responsibilities Include:

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Maintaining medical records
  • Medical billing
  • Coding for insurance claims

The field of Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing occupations in this decade. Graduates of Cañada College’s Medical Assisting Program can secure employment in physician’s offices, clinics, hospitals, labs, medical publishing firms, laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, public health agencies, and the claims departments of health insurance companies.


“My experience with the Medical Assisting Program was truly wonderful and I credit Cañada College for my success in obtaining a job offer before I had even graduated! I have taken all their knowledge and applied it to furthering my medical career. Two years ago, I obtained my nursing license!” 

— Becky Kahn, Cañada College Medical Assisting alum