Medical Assistants are a vital component of the health care team. They are crucial in helping patients feel at ease and helping them understand physicians' instructions, while at the same time relieving physicians from many administrative and clinical duties.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is one of the nation's fastest growing careers, projected to grow over 52% over the next decade. Medical Assisting also offers the most promising opportunities for advancement as an office manager or clinical supervisor.
Three tracks available! This will allow new and continuing students to have a choice of courses and schedules.
Our nine (9) month medical assistant program is intended to provide the entry-level student with a solid foundation in clinical and administrative duties needed for a successful entry into the medical field. Our Program prepares you for the following three (3) certifications*:
- National Certified Medical Assistant
- Certified EKG Technician, CET
- California Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT-1) / National Certified Phlebotomy Tech
Most employers now require Medical Assistants to have the CPT-1 certification also referred to as a “license to draw blood”. Bay Area Medical Academy offers the only comprehensive Medical Assistant program that prepares students to become CPT-1 certified. Our friendly staff will support you through the entire application process.
Read more about a career as medical assistant on the BAMA blog.
"UCSF Medical Center and the Bay Area Medical Academy (BAMA) share a passion for empowering healthcare professionals to be excellent providers of patient care services. Our common vision of patient-centered medicine has yielded a close collaboration between institutions on curriculum development, externship opportunities, and community outreach. UCSF recognizes BAMA certifications as highly competitive evidence of training in Medical Assisting and we have a great partnership with BAMA's career services team. We look forward to interviewing BAMA graduates for job openings during our regular employer spotlights and regularly place several BAMA graduates in roles such as Medical or Hospital Assistant in departments such as Primary Care, Family Medicine, and Positive Care 360 practices."
Senior Recruiter and Project Manager, UCSF Medical Center
Admissions assessment, including an interview, is required in order to enroll for this program.
We hold admissions appoinments Monday-Thursday at 2:30pm and Friday at 12:30pm
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call our main office at (415)217-0077.
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Required Textbooks (included in tuition)
Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies, 6th Edition
ISBN No. 9781423962304
Retail Price $230.95
Basic Arrhythmias, 7th Edition
ISBN No. 0135002389
Retail Price $110.00
Phlebotomy Essentials: Text and Workbook Package
ISBN No. 9781608311217
Retail Price $96.99
Tuition for the Medical Assistant Program is currently $14,000 (as of 3/9/2015).
* Licensing and examination fees may apply
BAMA Medical Assisting program is qualified for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Pell Grants, Sub and Unsub Loans are available to students who qualify
To fill out your FAFSA Application go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ and enter our school code: 042237.
Medical Assisting Program FAQ
To assist you in your research of BAMA's medical assisting program, here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.