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
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
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.
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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