Medical Assistant Certificate

Training Program

Credential(s) Offered

Industry certification, IHE Certificate of Completion

Method of Delivery

In Person

When offered

Daytime Hours, Evening Hours

Instructional Program (CIP)

Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist. 510711


Location: PCC-Desert Vista Campus, Tucson, AZ,

A. Course Objective: Learn advanced skills in patient care and prepare to take exams for licensure
Competencies to be achieved: Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate program, the learner will be able to:
• Competently perform administrative responsibilities in an outpatient healthcare environment
• Demonstrate proficiency with oral and written communication with patients and staff
• Correctly assess and document a patient’s physical and mental health status based on subjective and objective information to assure accuracy in diagnosis and treatment
• Complete and document procedures and point-of-care testing to differentiate between health and pathology

B. Total Cost of Program (include all costs to the student including testing, and licensure): $3,890.68 in-state 

C. Provide a list of all books required for the program (even if the cost of books is included in tuition):
Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, Fifteenth Edition; Kinn’s Medical Assistant: Study Guide and Procedure Manual, Fifteenth Edition; Medical Language: Immerse Yourself, Fifth Edition; Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Eighth Edition; Medical Assistant Exam Success,  Eleventh Edition; Castlebranch (Management of Documents); HER-Go (Concept-based learning and clinical simulation)

D. Provide a list of all supplies required for the program (even if costs are included in tuition): Stethoscope, Uniform (Top&Bottom) Blood Pressure Cuff

E. WIOA Contact for Enrollment Status /Credential Verification: Sharon Macias;; 520-724-7653

F. Direct Website link to the program:

G. Additional information:
• Background check requirements for licensing and background restrictions for working in the occupation: Fingerprinting and criminal background information may be a part of many state and federal licensing and certification processes. A fingerprint clearance card may be required for County funding approval.
• Other requirements needed: Students must take the Accuplacer assessment and meet the following scores before enrolling in this program:
• Reading: 237
• Math (Arithmetic Level): 238
• Writing (Sentence Skills Level): PNWR - Writing: 266 (or WritePlacer 5)

• Provide evidence of vaccinations: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B series, Tdap, TB skin test, COVID (vaccinations subject to change per industry needs/requirements)

Attend a Medical Assistant/Allied Health information session.

Students must present evidence they have earned first aid/CPR certification from a recognized training provider.

H. Refund Policy (provide a summary if Refund policy is not listed on school website):
Student Grievance Policy:

I. Credentials: (The following questions must be answered along with a supporting explanation for each)
• Industry Recognized: (Developed and offered by, or endorsed by a nationally-recognized industry association or organization representing a sizeable portion of the industry sector)
Yes or No: No,
Nationally Recognized Industry Association or Organization:
• Stackable: (Part of a sequence of credentials)
Yes or No: Yes,
Career Pathway: Complete additional certificates or degrees in medical administrative skills such as Health Information Technology or Practical Nursing
• Portable: (Recognized in other geographical areas; by other educational institutions; or by other industries/companies)
Yes or No (Explain): Yes, training is recognized in other geographic areas.
• Accredited Curriculum: (This is referring to the course being accredited, not the test or school)
Yes or No: Yes,
Accrediting Agency and link to website: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs;
J. Credential Attainment Rate: 99% of students in the last 24 months who obtained a postsecondary credential, or secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, during participation or within one year after exit from the training program.


Program Length (Weeks)




Entrance Requirements



Pima Community College

WIOA Approved Program


Training Location(s)

Pima Community College-Desert Vista Campus, CTD

Local WIB


Type of Attainment:


Name of Credential

Medical Assistant Certificate

Type of financial aid offered or have access to

Refund Policy

Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?

Yes - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educa

Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?


Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?


Cost Items

Books (Estimated)

$417.25 Kinn’s The Medical Assistant, An Applied Learning Approach Fifteenth Edition Study Guide and Procedure Checklist Manual for Kinn’s The Medical Assistant: An Applied Learning Fifteemtj Edition, Medical Language: Immerse Yourself, Fifth Edition,

Testing/Exam Fees

$204.95 RMA. Varies see the program instructor. (Fees are paid to outside entities, not to PCC.) Medical Assistant Exam Success: A Q&A Review Applying Critical Thinking to Test Taking (Davis’s Q&A Success Series) 1st Edition Castlebranch (Management of Documents) EHR-Go (Concept-based learning and clinical simulation)

In-State/District Tuition

$2,914.50 In-State Tuition

Other Fees

$205.00 BLS CPR Class, First Aid Class, Background Check, Drug Screen, DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card, vaccinations (All fees in this category are paid to other entities, not to PCC.)

Out-of-State/District Tuition

$9,178.50 Out-of-State Tuition

Registration Fee

$45.00 Ea Sem $15

Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)

$103.98 Stethoscope; Sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff); Uniform (top & bottom)

Total In-State Program Cost


Total Out-of-State Program Cost


Demand Occupation(s)

29-2072.00Medical Records Specialists
$17.38 per hour
Required Certification: some college w/on job training
43-6013.00Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
$16.86 per hour
Required Certification: some college w/on job training
31-9092.00Medical Assistants
$17.48 per hour
Required Certification: some college w/on the job training

Provider Status



Various PCC Campus Locations, Tucson, Arizona 85709

Phone Number

(520) 206-4737

Web Address

Last Updated

Jul 08, 2024


Jun 14, 2013


Jul 14, 2024

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