School and Ranking Information
Most of the 18 colleges that offer medical assisting programs in and within 25 miles of San Bernardino, California, are for-profit institutions. Based on number of medical assistant degrees awarded and student services, the following school is considered among the top schools in the area for programs designed to train students to become medical assistants:
- Winner: Moreno Valley College, located approximately 15 miles south of San Bernardino, offers certificate and associate's degree programs in medical assisting. Of the public schools within the area, Moreno Valley College awarded the most 2-year degrees in this field during the 2012-2013 academic year. The program is offered through the school's Health, Human and Public Services Department.
School Info Chart
|Category||Moreno Valley College|
|Location||Moreno Valley, California|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,416 (in-state); $7,116 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Assistant Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Medical Assistant Certificates and Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||43**|
|Most Popular Medical Assistant Award Level in 2012-2013||<1 Year Certificate (26 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||18%**|
|Noteworthy||Designated health sciences campus for the Riverside Community College District; accredited by the Association for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Colleges|
Sources: *Moreno Valley College; **NCES College Navigator
Moreno Valley College
- Programs include classroom instruction, labs and hands-on training
- Students gain work experience in the 2-year medical assisting program
- Working to offer hybrid courses within this program
Moreno Valley College is part of the Riverside Community College District, which is the fifth largest multi-college district in California. Moreno Valley College officially became California's 111th community college in March of 2010 when it received its initial accreditation. The school offers associate's degree programs to more than 8,000 students each year, preparing them to either enter the career field of their choice or to transfer to a 4-year college or university. The Department of Health, Human and Public Services (HHPS) at Moreno Valley College offers degree programs in a variety of allied health fields, including dental and medical assisting, dental hygiene, phlebotomy and emergency medical services.
Students must complete Moreno's medical assisting certificate program before pursuing the Associate in Science in Medical Assisting. Students learn how to carry out basic administrative tasks for hospitals, physicians' offices or other types of healthcare facilities. They also learn how to provide basic patient care, administer medications, handle the intake of new patients and offer pre-examination assistance to medical professionals. Additional medical assisting courses offered by the college include medical transcription, ICD-9 coding and survey of human diseases. Students must complete a total of 60 units of coursework in order to obtain the associate's degree.