UCLA Medical Assistant Program (UCLA MAP)

Your career in health care starts here. Become a medical assistant!

The UCLA Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of 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


Program Outcomes

The Medical Assistant Program at UCLA is pleased to report the following outcomes:

2019 Graduates

Retention 86.36%

Exam Passage 100%

Job Placement 94.44%

Graduate Satisfaction 100%

Employer Satisfaction 100%


The application deadline is June 30, 2022



Medical assistants play an essential role in providing health care. They take vital signs, administer medications and perform administrative tasks, helping physicians care for patients.

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.

Program highlights

  • The four-quarter program includes 68 units of course work and 200 hours of clinical internship hours.
  • Course of study prepares students for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) National Certified Medical Assistants (NCMA) exam.
  • Curriculum is reviewed and approved by an advisory board comprised of practitioners in the field, industry leaders and UCLA physicians, nurses and administrators from UCLA academic departments.
  • A college degree is not required to enter the program.

Extraordinary tuition discount

  Cost of tuition Scholarship/donor support Student responsibility
Applicants employed by

UCLA Health

$23,000 Up to $21,000 As low as $2,000
Applicants not employed by

UCLA Health

$23,000 Up to $18,000 As low as $5,000


For full information on the application process, click here.

Information Session
An information session was held on February 20, 2019.
Click here to watch the video of the information session.

This program is offered by UCLA Health in partnership with UCLA Extension.



Statement of Minimum Expectation: To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.


Mission Statement and Program Goals

The UCLA Medical Assistant Program is an integral part of UCLA Health.  The Program shares the mission, vision, and values of the Health System, which are:

  • Mission is to deliver leading-edge patient care, research, and education.
  • Vision is to heal humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering and delivering acts of kindness.
  • Values ensure Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Teamwork, Excellence and Discovery on the work we do daily.

In alignment with the UCLA Health Mission, Vision, and Values, the Medical Assistant Program overarching goal is to provide premiere academic and technical training to develop the most highly competent medical assistants who can contribute to healing humankind, one patient at a time, by improving health, alleviating suffering, and delivering acts of kindness to meet the needs of the health care community.

In alignment with UCLA’s mission, the MA Program’s leaders established the vision to be the leading-edge educational program for Medical Assistants while providing an opportunity to persons who share UCLA values regardless of financial means.