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40 Weeks to a New Career!

Do you dream of a career in the health care field, supporting both patients and care providers in a fast-paced medical office setting? Institute of Technology can prepare you for an exciting role as a Professional Medical Assistant in just a short time!

Creating Your Own Real-World Success

IOT takes you from the classroom to your career in front-line medical office support through real-world curriculum that combines theory and application to ready you to pursue entry-level opportunities in medical offices, clinics, laboratories, and hospitals.

The Professional Medical Assistant (PMA) program develops your knowledge and skills in both clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting. Areas emphasized include:

  • Accounting and insurance claims processing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Electrocardiographs
  • Emergency and surgical procedures
  • Injections
  • Medical office and health care facility management
  • Venipuncture
  • Medical scribe

As a professional medical assistant, you can support patients and providers in a variety of medical office settings, in roles such as:*

  • Administrative medical assistant
  • Clinical medial assistant
  • Patient care technician
  • Ophthalmic medical assistant
  • Podiatric medical assistant


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“They made a big difference in my life. All of the faculty – they were very supportive… They are a part of my life now, and I’ll never forget them.”

Why IOT?

We believe school should work for you, which is why our classes are:

  • Engaging
    Learn new skills and take control of your career through hands-on vocational training and real-world education that moves you forward.
  • Supportive
    We offer support with tutoring and instructors with many years of experience in the industry.
  • Convenient
    Fit school into your life with evening classes, accelerated programs, and hybrid learning that can be completed in as little as 9 months.
  • Aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services
  • MA jobs are expected to grow 29% by 2022*
  • CCMA-AC Exam fee included in tuition
  • Externship opportunities



This program is 860 hours and 47.5 quarter credit hours. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 40 weeks. An Independent Study component is included. See your admissions representative for available class times.


Institute of Technology offers placement support and assistance to all graduates regardless of how long they have been out of school. If you are a recent graduate or graduated years ago, our Career Services Team is here to help you!


IOT offers this program at the following locations:

Clovis, California
Modesto, California
Redding, California

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs,
and other important information, visit

What Program Graduates Say

  • “I can honestly say that my experience at IOT was one of the best experiences that I’ve had in my life. I enjoyed going to school, learning new things, and trying new recipes. All of our chefs were really supportive and well educated.”

    Jennifer E.

  • “Going to IOT was one of the best decisions of my life. I have always wanted to be a Chef since I was young … was privileged to get to do my externship at Erna’s Elderberry House where I was offered a job. After working there a few months I started receiving multiple job offers. I decided to accept the position as Head of Catering at Madera Community Hospital.”

    Lea N.



Accreditation is the process of evaluating a school or educational training program to determine whether it meets standards set up by an accrediting organization. When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

 A reliable indicator of quality
 Approved program of study
 Qualified instructors

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