Getting Started

There is no application for the medical assisting (MA) program.

**PLEASE NOTE: Our clinical sites require that students have a completely clean background. If the student has any items that show up on their background check, the student will not be allowed to attend the clinical and/or administrative internships and/or externships. Misdemeanors may, or may not, show up on a background check. If nothing shows up on the background check, then the student is considered clear, and can be admitted (as long as all other requirements are met). 

After you have determined that you would like to enroll in the MA program, and are confident you can pass a background screening, please go through the following steps:

A. If you have never been a student at SRJC before, then you will need to apply to SRJC as a new student by going to the following link and going through the required steps: http://admissions.santarosa.edu/steps-new-students

If you are a current or returning SRJC student, go to step B.

B. Go through your assessment testing:

  1. For the MA program, English placement test result of eligibility for English 1A or higher is highly recommended (See Placement Test pages at https://assessment.santarosa.edu/english-test-description)
  2. For the MA program, Skills for Administration of Medications, CSKLS 100, is highly recommended for students who score below 24 on the Math Compass Placement Test Computational Math Skills Exam (See Placement Test pages at http://assessment.santarosa.edu/math-test-description).

C. Enroll in other supportive courses to assist you in note taking, study skills, and test-taking skills prior to entry into the MA programs. To do this, please go to the following link: https://portal.santarosa.edu/SRweb/SR_CourseOutlines.aspx. Type in CSKLS in the 'course prefix/number' box,' and in the 'outline as of' box, choose the current or most recent semester. This list will show all the college skills courses that are available.

D. Go through the college orientation

E. See a counselor to develop an educational plan.

F. Enroll in the classes you and your counselor decided on.

G. Be sure you are at least 18 years of age by the beginning of your first MA class.

H. Be sure you have completed high school with a diploma, GED or Equivalency. Please note: It is not a requirement to have your high school diploma / GED / Equivalency complete to be admitted to the program. However, it is highly recommended because the state certification process requires proof of a completed high school education.

I. Be sure you are free from the effects of alcohol and drugs while in class, the clinical area, and intern/externships. This will be verified by a drug screen.

J. Be sure you have the physical, emotional, and mental ability to participate effectively in coursework and to work with and care for patients in medical assisting settings.

K. Complete the following prerequisites for all 6 MA tracks before you start taking the core MA classes: 

  1. CS 60.11A Microsoft Word Part 1
  2. HLC 160 Medical Terminology
  3. PSYCH 1A General Psychology
  4. ANAT 58 Intro to Human Anatomy OR
  5. ANAT 140 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology AND HLC 140 Health Care Implications of Anatomy and Physiology

L. Once the above prerequisites are complete, the core MA courses must be taken together (co-requisites) and in sequence. See this page for the course sequences: https://medical-assisting.santarosa.edu/ma-programs-study

M. Entry into the onsite clinical and/or administrative internships/externships:

  • Once all of the health requirements are complete, the student will be given an add code for the clinical and/or administrative internships and externships either during, or after, the students Priority Registration (or open registration) period. See this link for details https://admissions.santarosa.edu/priority-registration. The clinical and administrative internships and externships can only take a maximum of 30 students. After this limit has been reached, a wait list will be started on a first-come-first-served basis.