Riverside Medical Assisting Programs
Students can earn medical assisting certificate and/or associate's degrees at three schools in the Riverside, CA, area. This article highlights the administrative and clinical courses offered at these colleges, which are all located less than an hour from the downtown area. To get even more info about the featured institutions, be sure to check out the school statistics table that follows.
- The University of California - Riverside (UC - R) is just six miles from the city's center and offers a medical administrative assisting certificate that can be completed online.
- Moreno Valley College is approximately 15 miles from downtown Riverside and features an associate's degree and certificate in the field.
- Situated around 49 miles from central Riverside, Saddleback College has a medical assisting certificate program that allows students to follow a clinical, administrative or comprehensive track.
Comparison of Schools
Look over the table below to find out details on the profiled schools and discover areas of contrast, as these colleges all have different tuition rates, enrollment numbers, campus settings and more.
|University of California - Riverside||Moreno Valley College||Saddleback College|
|School Type||4-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||23,279*||9,914*||19,783*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$13,917 in-state; $41,931 out-of-state*|| $1,426 in-state
| $1,328 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2017)||87%*||89%*||40%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||57%*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2017)||89% full-time*||65% full-time*||77% full-time*|
|Graduation Rate||75% (for those who began their studies in 2011)*||17% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*||38% (for those who began their studies in 2014)*|
Source: *National Center Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator
University of California - Riverside
The University of California - Riverside features an extension program that offers training in several fields, including healthcare and wellness, education, agriculture, law, language, business and the environment. Health and wellness certificates are offered in areas such as medical administrative assistant, yoga, forensic nursing, medical coding and billing, medical case management and electronic health record management. The medical administrative assistant program is certified through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate
The medical administrative assistant certificate program is 200 hours and is offered completely online. Courses in the program cover topics in medical law and ethics, documentation, healthcare organizations, reimbursement and finances. The program can be completed in less than three months. Graduates of the program are eligible for the NHA Medical Administrative Assistant Certification exam.
Moreno Valley College
Moreno Valley College is part of the Riverside Community College District and offers degrees and certificates in business, communications, health, humanities, science and public safety. Those interested in medical assisting can earn an associate's degree in administrative and clinical assisting.
Associate in Science or Certificate in Administrative/Clinical Medical Assisting
This program prepares students to perform medical support duties in both a clinical and office setting. Students learn about patient intake, routine diagnostic procedures and the administration of medications. Core courses in the program discuss clinical practices and pharmacology, medical terminology and medical office procedures. Students in the associate's degree program need to complete additional general education coursework to meet the 60-credit total needed for the degree.
Saddleback College confers more than 300 certificates and associate's degrees each year with a focus on career and technical education. The Division of Health Sciences and Human Services offers several programs related to human services and allied health, including a certificate program for medical assisting.
Certificate in Medical Assisting
The medical assisting certificate is offered in one of three paths - administrative, clinical or comprehensive. The central curriculum for all tracks addresses such subjects as medical terminology and computer applications for healthcare personnel. Students who are on the administrative track, which focuses on front-end office support, also take courses in reception, medical records management and insurance coding. They may opt to apply for an additional occupational skills award in insurance billing and coding. Students who are on the clinical track, which focuses on patient care and back-office assisting, may also take courses in examination procedures, laboratory procedures and electrocardiography. Those on the comprehensive track are required to take a combination of administrative and clinical courses in addition to their core studies.