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Program Information

Medical Assistant

Contact Information

Beth Hampson

(707) 263-8918 x 284
Lake County Office of Education
1510 Argonaut Road
Lakeport, California 95453

Program Details

Program Leads to:

Certification, On EDD Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL), Skills Leading to Work

Training Style:

In-person – Date Specific


Health Care and Social Assistance


The Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) Medical Assistant (MA) Program is the only program of its kind in Lake County, with a long history of graduating students who go on to become sought after and successful Medical Assistants. The intensive program format enables students to complete the program in nine months. Skilled instructors, who are Registered Nurses and License Vocational Nurses, with years of experience in the health care industry and the classroom, provide the program’s 500 hours of classroom instruction. The program’s 180-hour medical externship enables students to work in medical offices and clinics through Lake County. Externship duties may include administrative tasks such as answering phones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, assisting with billing, and more. Clinical tasks may include preparing lab specimens, sterilizing instruments, and removing sutures. These hands-on learning experiences lead to greater understanding of program content, as well as potential job opportunities upon program completion. The MA Program prepares and qualifies a student for certification in the full scope of practice as a Medical Assistant. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion and be able to sit for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Certified Medical Assistant exam.