Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting Students


Program Overview

The Medical Assisting program offers two options to provide students with preparation for work in a medical office.  Classes are offered toward certification in the following specialty areas:

  • Option #1 - Medical Assisting Certification (Day Program) - Fall Start

Admittance into the program is by application only. Applications for the Fall 2015 Medical Assisting program will be available online starting January 5, 2015. For more information go to our Student Resources page.

  • Option #2   Medical Billing Certification (Night Program) - Fall Start

Admittance into the program is by application only. Applications for the Fall 2014 Medical Billing program will be available online starting January 5, 2015 . For more information go to our Student Resources page.

Both the medical assisting certificate and the medical billing and coding certificate are two semester programs. Both the medical assisting program and the medical billing program start in the fall semester. The medical assisting certificate is a full-time program held during the day, while the medical billing and coding certificate consists of individual courses held in the evening. Class sizes are small with 35 students accepted per class each year. To be admitted to the program, you must obtain the official application forms online or from the health sciences office in building M and follow the outlined procedures for enrollment.

Allan Hancock College now offers certification examinations through the National Health Career Association for both medical assisting and medical coding and billing. 

Option #1 - Medical Assisting

Upon admittance to the medical assisting program, your coursework will prepare you for both front and back office skills required for employment as a medical assistant in a doctor’s office or medical facility. You will be trained in maintaining medical records and interpreting medical terms used in medical records. You will be able to prepare income statements, work with financial accounting processes and systems and use standard medical office computer software. Coursework takes place in both the classroom and lab setting to enable you to develop proficiency in maintaining and using aseptic techniques, administering specified medications under the direction of a physician, performing various laboratory tests, and assisting the physician with minor surgery.

Upon completion of the program you will be qualified to take the certifying examination by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants.

Option #2 - Medical Billing and Coding

If medical billing and coding is your emphasis, you will focus on developing foundational skills in the medical billing process, handling insurance forms and coding, completing end-of-month operations in a medical office, accurately coding procedures and diagnoses, and composing legal collection letters as part of collection procedures and practices.


Health Sciences Department, Building M
Tawnya Karstrom, Program Technician
805-922-6966 ext. 3384


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

closed during the summer.

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Allison Montoya

Allison Montoya
Medical Assisting Student

"After my first semester experiencing the outstanding curriculum and student- teacher relationship, I realized I love doing this and going to school again. I didn't want to go back to school but after my wonderful learning experience I'm continuing on in this field- it makes me truly happy."
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Video: Students Michael and Shannon talk about the advantages of the AHC Medical Assisting program.

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Last Modified May 9, 2014