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Medical Assistant Program General Information
Online Orientation Slide
MA Handbook

Upcoming application deadlines:

RN Program
March 1st – 29th, 2024 for Fall 2024 admission

RN / LVN to RN Application

LVN Program
March 3rd- 31st, 2025 for Fall 2025 admission

LVN Application

LVN to RN Program
March 1st – 29th, 2024 for Fall 2024 admission


Students are advised to meet with the Nursing & Allied Health Program Counselor for guidance and direction on their educational plan.

Important Information:

  • You must be registered for all Medical Assistant classes in the order in which it is mapped out by semester below. If you have not already taken Medical Terminology, please register for AHP 100. You must also have already taken BIO 90 or be registered in BIO 90 (scroll down to "Schedule of classes")
  • Students will be required to complete clearances that include a background check and drug screen, basic physical exam and immunizations, and have a BLS/CPR card from the American Heart Association. Please check your IVC student email often as you will be receiving important information regarding the Medical Assistant Program and required clearances.
  • The uniform will be required for class and Externship classes. In addition a N-95 mask may be required for clinical rotation.


The Medical Assistant Program at Imperial Valley College has been active since 1997.  After completion of 30 units, an IVC Certificate of Achievement in Medical Assisting is awarded, and students prepare to take the certification exam to become certified in California.

Duties of a Medical Assistant

MAs help physicians examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks to keep offices and clinics running smoothly. MAs usually handle clerical and clinical duties and report directly to the office manager or physician. Some administrative (front office) duties include answering phones, greeting patients, updating patient medical records, filling out insurance forms, and arranging for hospital admission and lab services. Some clinical (back office) duties include taking and recording vital signs and medical history, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for exams, and assisting during the exam.Medical assistant employment is expected to grow in the next decade. The expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment will result in an increased use of medical assistants by healthcare establishments.

Characteristics, Working Conditions, and Salary

A Medical Assistant is considered a member of the Allied Health team and is a multi-skilled health professional used in ambulatory areas such as clinics and doctor's offices. An MA is expected to be proficient in the administrative, clinical, and lab components of the workplace. Characteristics include organization, critical thinking, excellent communication skills, a compassion demeanor, being a good listener, customer service oriented, trustworthy, being honest and having integrity, competent, adaptable, team player, humility, self-motivator, and having a smile contribute to a great MA. The annual salary is from $36,000 to $48,000 depending on location. The average hourly rate in California ranges from $18 to $21, sometimes higher depending on location.

Course of Study



 AHP 100  Medical Terminology
 MA 071   Introduction to Medical Assistant
 MA 073  Medical Assistant Administration 
 MA 075  Principles for Medical Billing, Insurance & Coding 
 BIO 090  Anatomy & Physiology for Health Occupations
 MA 077  Administrative Externship
 MA 081  Medication Math & Pharmacology
 MA 083  Foundations of Medical Practice for MA's
 MA 085  Exam Room & Special Procedures
 MA 087   MA Practicum and Review


Schedule of Classes:



How to Enroll

  • Apply to the College (for new and returning students)
  • Enroll in Semester 1 MA classes and follow the sequence

A grade of C or higher is required for successful completion of each course; students cannot progress to the next course if a C is not obtained. Check the course syllabus for details. Students with previous credit are advised to meet with a counselor for direction. Refer to the IVC Schedule Site for course syllabus


Estimated Costs: 

 MA Estimated Costs


MA 71 (Textbook/Study Guide):
Today's Medical Assistant, 4th Edition (paperback) 
By Kathy Bonewit-West, BS, MEd and Sue Hunt, MA, RN, CMA (AAMA) 
ISBN: 978-0323581271

Study Guide for Today's Medical Assistant, 4th Edition (paperback)
By Kathy Bonewit-West, BS, MEd and Sue Hunt, MA, RN, CMA (AAMA) 
ISBN: 978-0323639866 
Textbook/Study Guide used throughout entire MA program. 
(3rd edition of this textbook is no longer acceptable) 

MA 73 Textbook:
Exploring Electronic Health Records Text and eBook (1-year access) and
NAVIGATOR+ Second Edition
By Darline Foltz and Karen Lankisch
ISBN-13: 978-0763881306

For MA 75 Textbook/Workbook:
Medical Insurance: A Revenue Cycle Process Approach, 8th Edition 
By Joanne Valerius, Nenna Bayes, Cynthia Newby and Amy Blochowiak
ISBN: 978-1259608551
The ISBN for the combo with Connect (online resources) is: 978-1260692136

Medical Insurance: A Revenue Cycle Process Approach Workbook, 8th Edition
By Joanne Valerius, Nenna Bayes, Cynthia Newby and Amy Blochowiak
ISBN: 978-1260489149

MA 81 Textbook:
Principles of Pharmacology for Medical Assistant, 6th Edition
By Jane Rice
ISBN: 978-1305859326

Required Clearances

Students must receive full clearance before entering any of the externship sites. Upon enrolling in MA classes, students will begin to receive emails regarding clearances to their IVC student email account.

The following clearances are required once enrolled*

  • A background check and urine drug screen
  • Current BLS/CPR card
  • Physical exam (Free at IVC), TB screen, and immunizations (Influenza [during flu season Oct-Mar], 2-step MMR, Hepatitis B series, Tdap, and Varicella).

*Please wait to received email with instructions before you begin with clearances.


Students are advised to meet with the Nursing & Allied Health Program Counselors for guidance and direction on their educational plan. The counselors are located in the Counseling Department, Building 100

Nursing Conselors:

Certification Exam

Year-round testing is conducted by the Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA) Students take all sections of the exam - Basic plus Administrative and Clinical - to become certified as Medical Assistants in California. Students apply for the exam during MA 084.

Additional Resources:

The Medical Board of California -

Certification Testing -  


If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Beatriz Trillas, Nursing Program, Staff Support Technician at

Lidia Trejo. Medical Assistant Instructor at 

Alicia Ortega, Medical Assistant Instructor at 

Lisette Campos, Medical Assistant Instructor at

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