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)

Admittance into the program is by application only (March 15 - May 31 annually). Applications for the Medical Assisting program will be available online starting March 15, 2015. For more information go to our Student Resources page.

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 Certification (Night Program)

Admittance into the program is by application only (March 15 - May 31 annually). Applications for the Medical Billing program will be available online starting March 15, 2015 . For more information go to our Student Resources page.

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.

Both the medical assisting certificate and the medical billing and coding certificate are two semester programs starting 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 30 students accepted per class each year. To be considered for the program, you must fill out an application and turn in the application to the Health Sciences office (Room M132) by the application deadline.

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



Health Sciences Department, Room M132
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.

Campus is closed on Friday's in the summer

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Suzy Schneidewind

Suzy Schneidewind
Medical Assisting Student

"I came to Allan Hancock College as an 'older' student. I was pleased to find out they offered the medical assisting program that I had been looking for. The campus has a relaxed, student-friendly atmosphere, and the teachers are well-educated and knowledgeable. I plan on becoming a certified medical assistant and hope to find a job in either an ob/gyn or Oncology office."
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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 Aug 14, 2014