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MPC’s Business & Technology division offers a variety of classes, programs, and services for the many different needs of people in business and computer science.  Keep your skills current by taking a course on something new.  Complete a certificate or degree program to prepare yourself for entering an exciting new career.  Or, complete the first two years of your college education then transfer to a university including some great local options.

Courses are offered in several different methods, including traditional semester length classes, drop-in classes, night and weekend courses, and a complete on-line fast-track business certificate program.




General Information:

We offer programs and courses for future or current medical office professionals – from front desk and clinical back office to billing and coding. Our individual course structure allows you to tailor your own schedule. Attend full-time, part-time or just take a course to refresh or expand your skills. Our teaching approach includes a mix of academics, hands-on skills practice and many, many real-world scenarios. We strive to prepare our students for a smooth transition from college to employment.

Choose one or more of our programs: Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration and Medical Office Insurance and Coding Specialist. Each program offers a Certificate of Achievement and/or Associates Degree of Science (strongly recommended – appreciated by employers).

ASSOCIATES DEGREE students – start in Fall, finish in 3-4 semesters. A degree gives you more options for advancement and may be worth the extra effort. The Monterey cohorts for Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration and Medical Office Insurance and Coding Specialist programs are designed to support students interested in earning the degree, leaving spaces between classes so you can get your general education courses done while you prepare for your new profession.

Please use the navigation menu in the upper left corner of this webpage for information regarding course sequences and offerings by semester.

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Prerequisites: There are no academic prerequisites but you will need a HS diploma or GED to work in a medical office. For Medical Assisting, you also need to provide your clinical instructor with proof of vaccination/immunity to: hepatitis B, measles/ mumps/rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox) and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap).

Enrollment process: 1. Apply to MPC (go to front page, click on New Students button)

2. See a counselor to make an education plan


4. Use your student ID to enroll in courses

Program length: 3 semesters (plus a 160-hour externship for medical assisting)


MEDA 100 Introduction to Health Careers

MEDA 105 Medical Terminology – ONLINE or in class options

CSIS 50/50L Microsoft Office Applications + Lab – ONLINE or in class options

MEDA 120 Clinical Techniques I (MA only) – in class

Job prospects: EXCELLENT! Employers are waiting for you!

Advancement opportunities:Lead MA, Supervisor, Staff Trainer, Office Manager, Teacher/Instructor

Related jobs (some may require further training): Patient Health Coach, Medical Scribe, Health Information Management Professional, Health IT Professional, Medical Office Coder/Biller, Medical Transcriptionist, Research Assistant, Hospital Unit Clerk, Admissions Professional …………

Student Clubs

Student Organizations offer an excellent way to meet others, develop leadership skills, and become part of the experience that lay the foundation of our college and help fulfill its Vision.  By becoming involved, your time at MPC will become more meaningful, productive, and enjoyable, and you will enhance your learning outside of the classroom.

Open to all students of the MPC community, student organizations enrich our campus life through events, programs, activities, projects and service.  They fall into several categories including academic, community service, cultural, political/social action, recreation, religious, and sports.  MPC organizations are diverse and very active, so our campus offers countless ways to be involved!

Listed below are the current active clubs at MPC.  If you are interested in starting a club the Student Activities Coordinator, Julie Osborne for more information!

Fall 2021 ICC Meetings; Details will be available in August!

Please contact the club advisor for current club meeting times.


Below find some resources to help you identify a career to pursue!

California Career Café – Explore
Connect your Career Director to a Career Goal – Explore California Pathways

California Career Café – Experience
Validate your career choice with “real” world experience.

Who Do You Want To Be?
“Nobody ever told me I could make a living out of this?!” This website has huge insights into career opportunities you may not have thought about. It also has a quiz to help guide you in the right direction as well as a local college locator. (For counselors, students, and educators)

Monterey Bay Career Coach
A powerful tool for accessing information on job titles, education paths, and job market data for the local region.

Next Vista for Learning
Curious about CTE and jobs available with CTE? Come get some insights into the educational path and day-to-day activities of people in CTE careers.

Explore Careers

Check out the links below for more information on careers that best suit you!
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Employment outlook, training, occupational descriptions, and salary ranges are given for individual occupations.
  • California Career Café: Explore
    Explore 15 major industry sectors in California for information about careers and educational options.
  • California Career Cafe: Get Experience
    Learn about professional organizations, internships, informational interviews and volunteer experiences that will help you gain experience and knowledge about a prospective career.
  • Employment Development Department
    Click on career information to research California employment information
  • University of North Carolina – Wilmington
    This site addresses the question “What Can I Do with a Major”
  • O*NET Online
    Use this site for detailed information about occupations.
  • Eureka
    Please visit the Career/Transfer Resource Center in the Student Services Building to obtain the required Site ID Code to fully access this website.
  • ERI’s Career Salary and Cost of Living Calculators
    This web site offers a free salary potential calculator and a cost-of-living calculator for over 7,200 U.S., Canadian and international cities.
  • California Career Zone
    Check this site for career exploration resources and a reality check.
  • TEACH California
    A one-stop information and referral service for individuals considering or pursuing teaching careers in California.
  • Oceans Careers
    If you’re interested in an ocean-related career, this comprehensive site will provide you with current information about career opportunities, training/educational programs, skills needed for various jobs, and more.
  • City Town Info
    The Employment Directory on this site offers comprehensive career information organized by both profession and city location. Explore salaries, number of jobs available, and growth in an area of your choosing.
  • Try Engineering
    Interested in a career in engineering?  Try this site for engineering life profiles, university engineering programs, and online engineering games.
  • Public Safety Career Information
    Interested in a career in public safety?  This site will provide you with information about the various career options available and the training required for

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