Medical Assistant Training Program

Program Overview: Students learn medical terminology, billing, and coding; learn how to take patients’ vital signs; giving injections (IM, ID, & subQ); Venipunctures; doing ECGs; dose calculations and metric conversions; receive CPR certification.  Graduates are prepared for certification and are qualified for work in doctor, and optometrist offices as well as medical clinics and facilities.

Length: 11 weeks plus 160 hours of externship

Menlo Park

     Day Sessions: 

  • 3/14/2022 to 5/27/2022
  • 6/13/2022 to 8/26/2022
  • 9/12/2022 to 11/25/2022
  • 12/12/2022 to 3/3/2023

     Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

     Classroom: Theory is taught virtually and hands on is face-to-face in class.

     Evening Sessions: 

  • 3/14/2022 to 7/15/2022
  • 8/1/2022 to 12/2/2022

     Hours: Monday to Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

     Classroom: Theory is taught virtually and hands on is face-to-face in class.

Goodwill San Jose

     Day Sessions:

  • 3/14/2022 to 5/27/2022
  • 6/13/2022 to 8/26/2022
  • 9/12/2022 to 11/25/2022
  • 12/12/2022 to 3/3/2023

     Hours:  Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

     Classroom: Theory is taught virtually and hands on is face-to-face in class.

If you have questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

What you get from this program

Participants will develop, identify, and analyze instructional skills that will lead to job opportunities in the medical field. Through various lectures and hands on experience, students will be able to implement a variety of medical assistant skills such as following HIPAA & OSHA guidelines, general administrative duties, medical terminology, Clinical duties, billing, and coding. Life skills and job readiness training are also provided during this training course.

  • JobTrain Certificate of Achievement
  • CPR Certification
  • Optional: Profession Industry Certification: NCCT-National Certification Of Competency Testing
Career Opportunities
  • Medical Offices
  • Optometrist Offices
  • Wellness Centers
  • Surgical Center
  • Other Medical Specialty and Outpatient facilities

Entry Requirements

Must attend JobTrain’s information orientation, WONDERLIC Assessment with scores of the 9th grade level or better in reading comprehension, must be a High School graduate, and must be 18 years of age. Needs to have basic math skills and show evidence of good health and verbal skills.

Must live in the one of the following Counties – San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, or Santa Cruz. To find employment/training services in your area click here. Can only enroll in one JobTrain training program.

Background Check

Must not have any adult criminal convictions or any pending charges of any court (other than minor traffic convictions) or have proof of expungement or dismissal of conviction. A background check will be done during the first week of the program.

Vaccination Requirements 

Please click here to view the Students’ Vaccination Requirement, Building Entrance Procedure, and Isolation & Quarantine Procedure.

Medical Background

Updated immunizations including 2 Step TB skin test or Quantiferon, 3 series of Hepatitis B or Titer, 2 doses of MMR or Titer, 2 doses of Varicella or Titer, DTaP vaccine or titer, Flu, and complete Physical Examination to participate in Clinical Externship.

During Program

Participation in externship will be based upon successfully completing the first four modules of class and on instructor’s recommendation. Students must pass a final clinical skills check-off (evaluation) from the Medical Assistant Instructor prior to externship. Successful completion of externship will be required to obtain a Certification of Achievement for the Medical Assistant Training Program. Students must maintain a 95% attendance level and a GPA of 75% and above.

Geetika Pattjoshi

Day Instructor – Menlo Park

Geetika Pattjoshi

Geetika is a certified Medical Assistant and IT professional, who has worked in healthcare settings, corporate organizations and teaching environment.  She is very passionate about teaching and being able to guide the students towards completing the program and achieving their goals. Providing result-oriented professional training to our students at JobTrain.

Geetika Pattjoshi

Day Instructor – San Jose

Dana Curry

Dana is passionate about medicine and teaching others. Dana has worked in Healthcare for three decades and has dedicated her life to helping people. Dana has  instructed students since 2007. Prior to that she worked in Urgent Care, ER, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Immunology/Oncology.

Dana is a native to the Bay Area and glad to still be here. In her spare time Dana loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She loves to travel, and volunteer for several organizations. Her favorite quote is “Treat people the way you want to be treated”, and be kind.

Geetika Pattjoshi

Evening Instructor – Menlo Park

Dr. Muwafaqu Al-Asad

Dr. Muwafaqu Al-Asad received his M.D. from Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in IASI, Romania, and his B.S. from the Institute of Higher Education in Pitesti, Romania. He currently teaches at Merritt College medical assisting (Clinical and Administrative courses). He also teaches at College of Alameda (Biology), San Francisco State University (Biology & Endocrinology) and UC Berkley Extension (Anatomy & Cardiovascular- Respiratory).

Dr. Al-Asad began his teaching career in 2000 as a teaching assistant at Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois, and for the past 18 years has taught a wide variety of subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology for LVN, Paramedic & Nursing programs.

In addition, Dr. AL Asad has developed online courses that are aligned with CVC-OEI rubric for Medical Assisting Program (clinical & administrative), Medical Terminology and Biology. Dr. Al Asad is trilingual in English, Arabic, and Romanian.