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Fast Facts for Medical Assistants in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Hanford, Yuba City and Vallejo
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: El Centro, San Francisco and San Jose
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Riverside, Santa Ana and San Diego

Salaries for Medical Assistants in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Vallejo, San Francisco and San Jose

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Programs
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant
  • Degree - Medical Assistant
  • Degree - Medical Office
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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Lancaster
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Programs
  • Medical Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Pharmacy Technician (11-Month Diploma Program)
  • Dental Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)
  • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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Gardena
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Programs
  • Professional Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Office Administration
  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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Clovis
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Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Dental Assisting
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Provides blended courses that combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Lets students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours with online chat rooms.
  • Gives students the chance to participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
  • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
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Anaheim
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Programs
  • Associate of Science in Medical Assisting Science
  • Associate of Science in Medical Administrative Billing and Coding
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Veterinary Technology - Associates
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Ontario
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Programs
  • Medical Assistant Program
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Sports Rehab Program
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist Program
  • Offers training in various types of massage therapy, physical therapy/sports rehab, and personal fitness training & wellness.
  • Teaches in an environment that promotes learning and encourages empathetic and compassionate therapists.
  • Career service professionals work directly with students from the start of their program, and help them pursue employment in day spas, luxury hotels, cruise ships, and other locations.
  • Students can work in the SOCHI Massage Clinic to gain experience and build their career skills.
  • Financial aid representatives help students develop a personalized financial plan to finance their tuition.
Programs
  • Medical Assisting
  • Dental Assisting
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
  • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
  • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
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Sacramento
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Programs
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Dental Assistant

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

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Bakersfield
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Programs
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assisting
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Offers medical and cosmetic programs, including dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, esthetics, and more.
  • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
  • Offers scholarship opportunities for students wo qualify.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
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Vacaville
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More California Medical Assistant Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
South Gate
Associate
103
Santa Maria
Associate
13,176
Lancaster
Associate
13,312
Lancaster
Associate
834
Barstow
Associate
2,906
Aptos
Associate
15,114
San Diego
Bachelor
568
Redwood City
Associate
5,764
Van Nuys
Associate
638
Norwalk
Associate
22,273
Ridgecrest
Associate
4,577
Hayward
Associate
13,229
Los Angeles
Masters
368
Glendora
Associate
11,467
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
Fountain Valley
Associate
9,316
Kentfield
Associate
6,476
Santa Clarita
Associate
17,499
Eureka
Associate
6,025
San Pablo
Associate
7,147
Sacramento
Associate
12,967
San Luis Obispo
Associate
10,920
Cupertino
Associate
24,115
Monterey Park
Associate
28,889
West Covina
Associate
672
San Jose
Associate
8,707
Fresno
Associate
21,624
Glendale
Associate
16,827
Imperial
Associate
8,682
South Lake Tahoe
Associate
2,576
Oakland
Masters
319
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Sacramento
Associate
619
Oceanside
Associate
10,682
Modesto
Associate
18,546
Monterey
Associate
9,238
San Jacinto
Associate
14,197
Costa Mesa
Associate
24,424
San Marcos
Associate
27,222
Pasadena
Associate
26,672
Chula Vista
Associate
813
Riverside
Associate
30,961
Mission Viejo
Associate
18,371
San Diego
Associate
21,437
Bakersfield
Associate
602
Fresno
Associate
675
Salida
Associate
254
Rancho Cordova
Associate
619
Rancho Cucamonga
Associate
791
Visalia
Associate
892
San Jose
Associate
9,805
Santa Ana
Associate
33,514
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Victorville
Associate
10,149
Saratoga
Associate
11,210

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Medical Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Medical Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Assistants relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 1650 $28,730
Chico 490 $30,350
El Centro 430 $28,980
Fresno 2530 $29,390
Hanford 200 $28,410
Corcoran 200 $28,410
Sacramento 5310 $35,730
Roseville 5310 $35,730
Arden 5310 $35,730
Arcade 5310 $35,730
Salinas 670 $33,430
Los Angeles 29120 $33,550
Long Beach 29120 $33,550
Anaheim 29120 $33,550
Madera 230 $30,050
Merced 550 $25,510
Modesto 1510 $34,970
Napa 340 $36,170
Oxnard 2260 $35,680
Thousand Oaks 2260 $35,680
Ventura 2260 $35,680
Redding 570 $31,940
Riverside 7400 $29,170
San Bernardino 7400 $29,170
Ontario 7400 $29,170
San Diego 7270 $35,810
Carlsbad 7270 $35,810
Santa Rosa 1250 $42,370
San Francisco 9710 $42,620
Oakland 9710 $42,620
Hayward 9710 $42,620
Stockton 1490 $32,240
Lodi 1490 $32,240
San Jose 4580 $43,090
Sunnyvale 4580 $43,090
Santa Clara 4580 $43,090
Vallejo 890 $43,900
Fairfield 890 $43,900
Visalia 960 $31,190
Porterville 960 $31,190
Yuba City 290 $34,770
San Luis Obispo 650 $34,560
Paso Robles 650 $34,560
Arroyo Grande 650 $34,560
Santa Cruz 540 $39,310
Watsonville 540 $39,310
Santa Maria 870 $36,540
Santa Barbara 870 $36,540

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