Medical Assistant Refresher

Are you a certified Medical Assistant looking to refresh your skills? JVS is your connection to training and employment at the Bay Area’s top hospital systems and clinics – Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation and more.

Our free full-time courses for Medical Assistants offer classroom instruction, one-on-one support, opportunities for paid internships and support in finding employment. You will hone your clinical skills as well as learn and practice communication and other workplace skills that will set you apart from other candidates.

You’ll Learn:

  • clinical skills, such as taking vitals, injections and medical math
  • patient communication and customer service skills
  • critical thinking for problem solving and prioritization
  • ways to thrive in team-based work environments
  • review of scope of practice, HIPAA and other healthcare protocols

For your job search, you’ll also gain:

  • a new job search and networking strategy
  • job search, interviewing, online application and networking skills instruction
  • one-on-one job search and placement assistance, as well as general support in completing our course


  • graduate of an approved Medical Assistant program
  • current certification in CPR/Basic Life Support or willingness to take a 1-day course to get certified
  • proof of valid authorization to work in the United States
  • ability to provide current medical exams and immunization records
  • ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen
  • High School diploma or equivalent degree

What job seekers are saying:

“This training helped me regain my confidence and belief that I have potential to work as a medical assistant. It helped me grow professionally and personally as well. After completing the training, I am now confident that I have all of the tools and skills I need to become a successful MA at any hospital.” –Carla, John Muir Health Medical Assistant Refresher Alum

Applications for the Medical Assistant Refresher are currently closed. Please check back for training start dates or sign up for our job seeker eblast for information on when applications open.


A Few of Our Instructors

Kathryn Kruse

Kathryn Kruse

Workshop Instructor

Kathryn is an educator, curriculum developer and writer. She has over 12 years of experience in adult education and focuses on creating collaborative, supportive, student-centered learning spaces that foster growth and confidence. She received her BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in English and History and holds a master’s degree in Writing from UNLV.

Aché Lytle

Aché Lytle

EXCEL Instructor

Aché is a dynamic leader, trainer and Fulbright Scholar who has partnered with global organizations to promote innovative change and leadership in business, education and healthcare. Aché has a keen eye for decoding the hidden possibilities in problems. Aché has leveraged her skills and experience into training multiple cycles of EXCEL and has witnessed successful career placements that not only change lives, but transforms generations.


Dates: Varies, depending on employer partner

Time Commitment: 5 – 16 weeks for training; 4 – 12 weeks for paid clinical experience

Partial Pre-requisites: Graduate of an accredited Medical Assistant program, High School diploma or equivalent

Employer Partners: Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, California Pacific Medical Center, John Muir Health, Kaiser Permanente, North East Medical Services, LifeLong Medical Care and La Clinica de La Raza

Cost: Varies, depending on transportation costs

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