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Gain skills to work as a medical admin assistant in health care offices in as little as 9 months.

At a Glance

  • Get ready to work in medical offices in as few as 9 months

  • Prepare for a career as the face of a health care provider

  • Offered at two convenient California locations

  • Students earn a certificate from this program

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students in Carrington College’s Medical Administrative Assistant program prepare to work in medical offices. Sacramento and California’s Central Valley, they will act as the face of the practice, often working with patients, scheduling appointments and manning the phones.

In Carrington’s maa certification program, you can get the classroom education and hands-on experience you need. You’ll also complete an externship, giving you real-world experience before you graduate.

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to perform medical office procedures and administration and medical records management within the health care setting
  • Communicate with patients and other professionals and visitors in the health care setting
  • Provide patient and client information and instructions 
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and professionalism


Our Medical Administrative Assistant program is available at two convenient California locations. We have locations in both the Sacramento area and California’s Central Valley. Both locations are easily accessible to students both local and commuting from nearby.

Sacramento, California

Stockton, California

Career Opportunities

Medical secretaries, or Medical admin assistants, act as the face of medical practices. They provide vital support tasks such as scheduling appointments, greeting patients, and processing medical records. As a medical secretary you’ll need specialized knowledge of medical procedures and technologies. As an important part of the medical office, medical administrative assistants are in high demand. According to ONet Online, the employment of medical secretaries is 11% between 2020 and 2030. This is faster than the average job growth in the same period1.

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid.3

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your maa certification. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

Read Our Career Guide On Medical Administrative Assisting

At the core of a doctor’s office or medical clinic is a medical administrative assistant. This person answers the phone, schedules appointments, checks in patients, files paperwork and maintains patient databases.

Medical Administrative Assistant FAQ

What does a medical administrative assistant do?

Medical administrative assistants perform vital functions that keep medical offices running efficiently and keep day-to-day operations of medical facilities on track. Medical administrative assistants perform clerical functions such as answering telephones, assisting patients with paperwork, scheduling appointments and obtaining referrals. They also assist the medical practice with daily office operations including ordering supplies, bookkeeping and sorting mail. Medical administrative assistants have versatile roles and can work in many types of practices.

How long does it take to become a medical administrative assistant?

Students can earn a certificate in as few as nine months in Carrington’s Medical Administrative Assistant program. 

Where can a medical administrative assistant work?

Medical administrative assistants may be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings. This may include doctors’ offices, dental practices, hospitals or long-term care facilities.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020-2030 employment projections . “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.   Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2020-2030 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
  3. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.