Medical Assistant Plus Phlebotomy
Medical assistants are responsible for supporting physicians and other healthcare professionals in patient care. They prep patients for exams, administer medications, perform injections, and perform non-invasive routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician. Medical assistants with an add-on phlebotomist license can perform venipunctures and obtain lab samples for diagnostic testing.
Students successfully completing the Phlebotomy Program (basic, advanced, and externship) receive completion certificates and are eligible to take the NCCT Phlebotomy exam and apply for State Licensing. Students should be aware that blood withdrawal techniques are practiced on classmates throughout this course. For additional certification information, please see Laboratory Field Services (LFS) section at www.CDPH.ca.gov.
Students must provide the following documentation to the State of California to be licensed: Proof of high school graduation through transcripts (U.S. or translated foreign) or GED (English version) and a background check.
NCCRS Credits: 20 (optional clinical is additional 4 credits)
Fee: $2,955*, includes uniform, textbooks, classroom supplies, CPR training & externship
Not Offered in Fall 2023
Important Qualities to Have
Analytical skills. Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.
Detail oriented. Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.
Interpersonal skills. Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.
Technical skills. Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.
NCCRS College Credit Recommendations
More than 1,500 cooperating colleges and universities (including most California Community Colleges and Cal State Universities) will consider granting college credit based on NCCRS credit recommendations. Additional colleges may also award college units for SICE Medical Career Courses.