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Medical assistants are health professionals that support the work of physicians and other health providers, usually in a clinic setting. They perform many routine clinical tasks, such as measuring patient’s vital signs, administering medications and injections, preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies, and collecting and preparing specimens of bodily fluids and tissues for laboratory testing. On the administrative side, they greet and register patients, verify insurance coverage and benefits, collect co-pays and deductibles, schedule appointments, and much more!
Montes HealthCare College is a unique learning environment because it was developed by currently practicing physicians in our community. With over 30 years of experience in primary care, Doctors Juan and Alejandro Montes decided to apply their background in treating patients and mentoring staff, into the development of a formal Medical Assistant training program in Gardena, California. Their goal is to cultivate the best medical assistants possible by establishing a foundation of information in medical practice and theory (anatomy, biology, pharmacology) and supplementing this with healthcare industry guidelines (insurance, billing, managed care). This knowledge will then be applied in a mock medical environment to yield graduates well prepared to contribute to their employers on the first day of work.
Tuition includes all in-class instruction and guidance plus externship placement to complete your training. Use of the textbook, all supplies and materials, study guides, tutoring, one uniform set, stethoscope, job placement assistance, and lifetime clinical skills practice at our school are also included!
Applicants must be at least 17 years old (applicants under 18 must have proof of parent consent for enrollment), provide the $100 registration fee, provide a copy of a picture identification card, be able to read, speak, and write English, and must provide proof of high school graduation or an equivalent recognized by the US Department of Education. Please speak with an admissions representative for a full list of acceptable documents.
Our Medical Assistant program consists of approximately 5 months of in-class learning and 1 month of externship for a total of 6 months.
No, the certificate you receive after attending our course, is a Certificate of Completion of the Medical Assistant Program. With this Certificate of Completion you may register to take the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam administered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). You will be nationally certified after successfully passing this test.
No, many medical assistant positions DO NOT require National Certification to be employed. A certificate from our program qualifies you to work as a medical assistant in most medical facilities.