Medical Assistant Certification Course with UCSF & San Francisco State University

JVS is teaming up with UCSF and San Francisco State University to offer free tuition for a 5-month course. Students will receive training to become medical assistants through a combination of lectures, labs, and a paid clinical externship with UCSF.

Students will learn to perform a variety of clinical procedures, including assisting with minor surgery, performing electrocardiograms, administering medications, performing vitals, and maintaining equipment in an ambulatory care setting.

Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary skills and certification to gain employment in clinics, physician offices and other outpatient facilities.


The training includes:

  • 140 hours of lectures/labs
  • a paid, 40 hours per week, clinical externship at UCSF San Francisco locations (upon successful completion of classroom training)
  • potential for Applied Practice at UCSF San Francisco Locations to improve clinical practice (upon successful completion of externship)
  • scope of the clinical medical assistant role in a medical office
  • prepare for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam
  • professional skills including patient-provider communication
  • job search, interviewing, online application, network skills instruction, and one-on-one job search support services
  • craft your resume and interview for Medical Assistant positions



  • San Francisco residents preferred
  • proof of valid authorization to work in the United States
  • applicants must not have successfully completed another medical assistant program
  • ability to provide current medical exams and immunization records
  • ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen
  • high school diploma or GED
  • be in good standing with San Francisco State University & San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning
  • age 18 or older
  • English literacy
  • basic math skills
  • updated immunization records, including the following:
    • TB: (Tuberculosis with a negative history) copies of proof of negative
      history required (a.If no proof of negative history: 2-step TB or Quantiferon blood test required; b. If positive history:
      clear chest x-ray within the past 6 months required)
    • Tetanus: within 10 years
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): childhood record acceptable
    • Varicella Immunity
    • Hepatitis B: at least shot #1 in series


What Job Seekers are saying:

“This was a great training in a short period of time with a good network for the externship. The support for developing soft skills was critical to prepare me for the internship & workplace.”  – JVS alum

Who is Hiring Our Graduates?

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF through staffing agencies MGA and Aerotek, Dignity Health, Planned Parenthood, Genentech, several local clinics (urology, optometry, ophthalmology), and more to come.

If you’re nervous or scared about taking a risk, you should consider doing it with JVS. My life completely changed, and JVS was with me every step of the way. JVS gave me everything I needed. I got certified as a medical assistant, and I also learned how to manage up, speak to my peers, present myself in an interview, shake hands, and dress. I’ve succeeded in a way I had never imagined.


Certified Medical Assistant, Genentech

Applications for the Medical Assistant Certification program are now closed.

A Few of Our Instructors

Amy Preut

Amy Preut

Healthcare Program Coordinator

Amy completed her Master of Public Health at San Francisco State University and became a professor there and at Skyline College, working predominantly with low income and first-generation college students. She uses these experiences in supportive services and coaching to help job seekers work toward their career goals and improve quality of life.


Time Commitment: 5 months

Program Duration: June 24, 2021 – November 5, 2021
Classroom Training: June 28, 2021 – September 17, 2021
Clinical Externship: September 20, 2021 – October 29, 2021

Location of Training: SFSU-CEL TBD and JVS Online

Location of Externship: UCSF TBD

Certifications Included: Medical Assistant

Cost: None

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