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. The cohort beginning in September 2018 will partner with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

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


  • San Francisco residents preferred
  • graduate of an approved Medical Assistant program
  • current certification in CPR/Basic Life Support
  • 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

We’re not currently accepting applications for this program. Join our email list to learn of future program dates and other JVS events.

A Few of Our Instructors

Michelle Wood

Michelle Wood

Workshop Instructor

Michelle has 20 years of experience as a technology trainer. She is a certified CASAS eTests Online Coordinator and Microsoft Office Specialist. As an avid online learner, she has earned several certificates from and San Diego, including courses on effective learning assessments.

Aché Lytle

Aché Lytle

Workshop 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 JVS’s Medical Administrative Assistant program with UCSF and has witnessed successful career placements that not only change lives, but transforms generations.

Dorit Leavitt

Dorit Leavitt

Senior Strategist, Healthcare Programs

Dorit’s work helps job seekers uncover ways to step out of their comfort zones to achieve their career goals. At JVS, Dorit develops and coordinates healthcare career pathway programs, facilitates interactive job readiness trainings and provides career coaching. She has a Masters of Public Health from the City University of New York and has 15+ years of experience leading programs that address social and economic inequities in the United States and internationally.


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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