Medical Assistant Program

9 – 13 months
in class

160 hours
hands-on training






Median Salary:


Duration 9 – 13 months in class
Externship 160 hours hands on training
Lessons 8
MA Programs 2
Skill Level All
Average Median Salary $40,700**


Why Take Our Medical Assistant Course

  • Financial Stability — According to the BLS, the average salary for MAs in CA is $40,700.**
  • Highly Regarded Training — RCI is an ABHES accredited school, offering one of the best CMA programs in the industry.
  • Enhanced Skills — Our 2-In-1 MA course offers 88 hours of free Phlebotomy Certification training, enabling CPT1 licensure in California. Distinguish yourself with multiple certifications for versatility and high demand in the medical field.
  • Fast-Track to Employment — Our course is designed for immediate employment upon graduation, providing you with the knowledge to kickstart your medical career.
  • Competitive Advantage — The healthcare industry demands certified Medical Assistants, and our program equips you with the qualifications employers seek.
  • Real-World Experience — The clinical externship allows you to apply what you’ve learned in a real medical setting, boosting your confidence and competence before your first job as an MA.
  • Supportive Environment — RCI provides a supportive and conducive learning environment to help you succeed in your studies.
  • Growing Career Opportunities — Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing healthcare careers, offering many opportunities for advancement and specialization, and often good benefits.
Medical Assistant helping out an elderly patient

Key Features and Benefits

  • Comprehensive Program — Our MA Certification course is 740+ hours with 160 hours of externship (about 900 hours total or less than 1 year).
  • Flexibility — With the optional AAS Degree course, we offer flexible online courses, to accommodate your schedule better.
  • Dual Expertise — Graduates are skilled in both front and back office medical assisting duties, making them valuable assets in any healthcare setting.
  • FAFSA — This course is eligible for Financial Aid and our Financial Aid department is available to support you every step of the way.
  • Clinical Externship — Gain real-world MA experience during a 160-hour / 4-week clinical externship, applying classroom knowledge in practical scenarios. 
  • 2-In-1 Course Bundle — Exclusive to RCI students, our MA bundle combines the Medical Assistant Degree with Phlebotomy Certificates, offering a diverse skillset and multiple certifications to better prepare you against your peers.
  • Versatility and Opportunities — Graduates can work in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and various medical facilities under the guidance of physicians, nurses, and other medical team members.
  • State and National Certifications — Our program prepares students for state and nationally recognized certificates in Medical Assisting.

launch a rewarding career in flourishing sectors

*Medical Assistants held about 743,500 jobs in 2021. The largest employers of medical assistants were as follows:

  • Physician Office – 58%
  • Hospitals; State, Local, and Private – 15%
  • Outpatient Care Centers – 9%
  • Chiropractor Office – 4%

Stats & Income Expectations

  • Employment for Medical Assistants is projected to grow at 16 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The metropolitan area with the 2nd highest employment level is the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim area, with a median salary of $43,880.
  • Roughly 123,000 openings for medical assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
  • With the aging baby-boom generation, the demand for medical services is steadily rising, leading to a greater need for skilled medical assistants proficient in administrative and clinical duties within physicians’ offices and primary care settings.

*All stats above from:

**CA Median Pay:

What is our Medical Assistant Certification Course?

Our Medical Assistant Program prepares you for a rewarding career in the medical field. In just 9 months (or 900 hours), you’ll acquire all the essential skills needed to work as a Medical Assistant. The program is accredited and offers the option to earn an Associate’s degree.

Designed for immediate employment upon graduation, our course emphasizes theoretical and practical knowledge, vital for success in the medical industry. You’ll participate in lectures, hands-on skills labs, and an externship at a medical facility. Additionally, the course readies you for the Certified Medical Assistant national exam.

Medical Assistants play a crucial role in healthcare facilities, supporting physicians with administrative and clinical tasks. The demand for certified Medical Assistants is rapidly increasing, making it a competitive and high-demand career. At RCI, an ABHES accredited school, our comprehensive training program ensures you meet the rigorous standards of this profession.

What about the optional Associates Degree in Medical Assisting?

For those seeking a degree, we offer an optional add-on to our standard Clinical Medical Assistant program. The extended 12-13 month program allows you to earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Medical Assisting. You can start working as a Medical Assistant after 9 months while continuing your classes to complete the degree. Our associates level degree course is designed for immediate employment opportunities and includes preparation for the Certified Medical Assistant national exam.

Become a Certified Medical Assistant ASAP

Prefer to become a Certified Medical Assistant quickly? Our 900-hour MA certification program covers all core Medical Assisting skills and allows you to skip general education courses required for the AAS degree. Graduating in just 9 months, you’ll be fully qualified to work as a Medical Assistant, with the added benefit of Phlebotomy & EKG Certificates included for free in our 2-in-1 option.

MA Course & Degree Description

Join our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Clinical Assisting Program, a comprehensive 1260-hour / 54-week course. The program includes 875 hours / 40 weeks of theory and practical classes, followed by 225 hours / 10 weeks of General Education (GE). Afterward, you’ll complete a 160-hour / 4-week clinical externship, applying your classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. The RCI Medical Clinical Assisting Program is 900 hours which does not include GE courses.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to handle both front and back-office medical assisting duties, ready for immediate employment.

We offer an exclusive 2-In-1 course bundle option, available only to RCI students. This unique bundle combines your Medical Assistant Degree with Phlebotomy and EKG Certificates, providing you with a versatile skillset. By taking this bundle, you’ll have the opportunity to include our State and Nationally Certified Phlebotomy training course and National Electrocardiograph with intro Holter Monitor training. Successful completion of the 2-In-1 program earns you three state and nationally recognized certificates in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy (CPT1), and EKG.

Our MA program at RCI prepares you to become a skilled medical professional dedicated to patient care management. You’ll perform administrative and clinical duties, including handling emergency situations, facilities, and personnel. With opportunities in physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals, and medical facilities, you’ll be supervised by a physician while making a meaningful impact in the healthcare industry.


 Administrative Duties

 Medical/Financial Records Management, Medical Insurance


 Medical Report Transcription

 Patient Appointment Scheduling

 Preparation of Patients for Examination

 Assisting in Minor Surgery

 Giving Injections

 Electrocardiographs, and much more! 


RCI offers an extensive externship program for all Medical Assisting students. In addition to classroom instruction, RCI students will complete their MA Certification program as externs in a professional healthcare facility (e.g., hospital, medical clinic, etc.), gaining hands-on practical training on real patients under the supervision of professionally trained staff.

Students are required to complete 160 hours of clinical experience during which they will work with a preceptor to acquire the training needed to become successful Medical Assistants. Our externship instruction will give you  the opportunity to apply the practical skills you’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world professional medical healthcare setting. You will work with actual patients under the supervision of experienced medical healthcare professionals.


In order to ensure that applicants meet the entry level requirements for training that will lead toward certification, we require certain documentation for students enrolling in our MCA/MA course. You must be 18 years old or above AND

A copy of ONE of the following documents is required:

 High School Diploma: A high school diploma and transcript from an institution in the United States of America to be provided by the applicant

General Education Diploma (GED): Passing verification from certifying agency to be provided by applicant

Yes. Please contact our financial aid office at 213-398-8838 for next steps in determining your financial aid eligibility as each student is different.  Please complete the FAFSA application found here.


“Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, and EKG certified. I really recommend coming to this school. The instructors and staff are amazing and kind people. They are always available to answer any questions you have in store for them. I am very thankful for Prof. Chris for encouraging me to be the best I can and made class fun and actually want to learn. My experience here was amazing and if I can do it again I would.”
Irania L.
La Puente, CA 

“Everyone here is very nice and helpful. They are on top of everything and makes sure each student is attended to and given the best education they can get.”

Rianne P.
Alhambra, CA

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