Welcome to the Medical Assisting Certificate Program

KPSAHS is excited to announce a Medical Assisting Certificate Program!

To learn more and contact Admission - click here.

The Medical Assisting certificate program is packed with a robust curriculum that will include hands on training, and over 300 hours of clinical experiences to ensure that students are diversely trained and capable to meet the needs of the various medical facilities throughout Northern California.

Requirements for the Medical Assisting Certificate Program and link to the online application portal can be found here.


Medical Assisting Program FAQs

What are the class hours for the Medical Assisting program?

Tentatively, classes will be held in a hybrid format, meaning lecture classes will be online and lab classes will be on ground at our KPSAHS location in Richmond. Classes will be held three days a week, with two days as lecture classes (remote based) and one day of on ground lab class. The tentative hours will be 9:00-3:30 for day time (Fall Starts) and 5:00-9:30 for evening starts (Spring Starts).

How long is the Medical Assisting program?

The Medical Assisting program is a 12-month, four quarter program. In the last quarter MA clinical training consisted of 320 hours scheduled Monday-Friday during normal business hours 8:00am-5:30pm.

Where do Medical Assisting students do their clinical training?

Medical Assisting students do their clinical training at Kaiser Permanente facilities. The exact location will be determined before clinical begins. We do not guarantee locations or areas.

What do I need to apply to the Medical Assisting program?

You need to mail in your Official (sealed) high school transcript or official GED certification, and complete the online application.

What happens after I apply to the Medical Assisting program?

Once the application deadline has passed, we will email all applicants who have submitted a complete application and provide them with instructions to register for the Wonderlic assessment exam. The Wonderlic assessment exam is given at the college and applicants who achieve a passing score 15 points or higher will be offered an interview. Applicants who will be offered a seat in the class will be contacted by phone, all others will be notified by email.

How can I prepare for the Medical Assisting program panel interview?

Prepare as if it is a job interview. You will be asked a variety of questions, including behavioral, situational, and general questions.

How many students are accepted into the Medical Assisting program?

20-30 students.

What if I am not accepted into the Medical Assisting program? Can I reapply?

Yes, you can reapply during the next open application period.

Do you offer financial aid for the Medical Assisting program?

No, we do not offer federal financial aid. There may be some scholarship opportunities available for students that are accepted into the program.

How much does the Medical Assisting program cost?

The current cost for the 2021-2022 program is $7,473.00 includes which includes tuition, books, labs fees, scrubs and prescreening fees.

After I finish the Medical Assisting program, am I guaranteed a job at Kaiser Permanente?

No, we do not guarantee employment in general or with Kaiser Permanente. Our Department of Career Services will help with resume building, interviewing, and providing job leads.

What is the current employment rate for Medical Assistants from your program?

Currently we have an 80% employment rate.

Is the Medical Assisting program accredited?

We are a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) regionally accredited school. We also have approval through the Bureau of Private and Post-Secondary Education (BPPE).

Does the Medical Assisting program accept transfer credits?

Applicants can formally request a transcript review by completing the KPSAHS Transfer Request Form. A link to the Transfer Request Form can be found on the KPSAHS.edu website under the Resources tab.

Who can I contact if I have further questions about the Medical Assisting program?

You can email the Program Director or a member of the admissions team at admissions@kpsahs.edu.