How to Become a Medical Assistant in California

May 3, 2023

Are you considering a career as a medical assistant in California? While medical assistants are not required to be licensed or certified by the State of California, many employers require or prefer certification from a national or private association, such as the American Medical Certification Association (AMCA). 

Before taking the Medical Assistant Examination, you must attain a few things first. Keep reading to see how you can start on your way to a rewarding career as a medical assistant in California.

1. Possess a High School Diploma or GED/High School Equivalency

Most medical assistant training programs require students to hold a high school diploma or an accepted equivalency (GED). However, should you not have your high school diploma or GED required for training, we can help you attain this online for free! Call our team to learn more about your options.

2. Successfully Complete a Medical Assisting Training Program

The clinical medical assistant course administered by CALRegional is a hybrid program comprising 50% online and instructor-led lectures and 50% labs, followed by a clinical externship. Most of your practical training will come from the experience you receive during your externship. 

Our program includes:

  • 160 hours of classroom instruction & hands-on training
  • CPR training
  • 160-hour externship
  • National Exam

Once your externship is complete, graduates of our program are ready to take the National Certification Exam.

3. Pass the National Certification Exam 

Once you successfully pass the medical assistant class and externship and receive a certificate of completion from the school, you’re ready to take the certification exam. Your tuition at CALRegional includes one attempt at taking the Clinical Medical Assistant Certification exam through the American Medical Certification Association.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to be a Medical Assistant in California

The job outlook for clinical medical assistants is growing much faster than in other occupations. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment of clinical medical assistants to grow by 16% growth from 2021-2031.

Medical assistant training at CALRegional is fast, affordable, and rewarding. Since 2013, we’ve graduated more than 20,000 students who, in turn, have been hired by leading medical facilities, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Quest Diagnostics, and LabCorp.  

When you’re ready to start a rewarding career as a medical assistant in California, call us today or attend one of our convenient online info sessions for more information.