UCLA Health Medical Assistant Program

The UCLA Medical Assistant Program (MAP), offered through a partnership between UCLA Health and UCLA Extension, combines the theory and practical experience necessary to prepare students to transition successfully into a career as a medical assistant.

This program is perfect for...

  • Health care administrative personnel that want to transition into clinical practice
  • Students looking to start their career in medical assisting
  • Allied health professionals interested in expanding their skill set
  • Recent high school graduates starting their career track in allied health care

What you can learn.

  • Perform basic clinical tasks such as taking vital signs, administering medications, and collecting samples for testing
  • Perform administrative tasks in a medical office
  • Using various health information system technologies and medical equipment
  • Acquire the knowledge necessary to pass various certification exams

Learn more about this program.

Watch a recording of a recent program information session.


The UCLA Health Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs | 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 | (727) 210-2350



86.36%  Retention of those admitted
100%     Exam passage of graduates
94.44%  Job placement of graduates
100%     Graduate satisfaction survey
100%     Employer satisfaction survey for graduates placed in jobs

Source: UCLA Health Medical Assisting Program Outcomes Survey, 2019


This program is set up in a cohort model that begins each fall quarter.
Applications for Winter Quarter 2023 are now being accepted. 

Important Dates

October 5, 2022: Applications open. Applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on a rolling basis.

November 30, 2022: Applications and HESI exam scores due. Accepted students will be given until December 15 to pay tuition.

Classes start: January 9, 2023

Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Suggested Prerequisites

High School Diploma

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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