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ALLIED HEALTH :: Medical Assistant

The Medical Assistant is a professional, multi-skilled person dedicated to assisting in patient care management. The practitioner performs administrative and clinical duties and may manage emergency situations, facilities and or personnel. Competence in the field also requires that a medical assistant display professionalism, communicate effectively, and provide instruction to patients.

The Medical Assistant program is a one-year program that is designed to prepare students to work effectively in a physician’s office, medical records, or business office of a clinic or hospital. Upon completion of the required courses, the student will demonstrate proficiency in both front and back office procedures. Successful completion of the program leads to a Certificate of Achievement.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Accounts Representative
  • Receptionist
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Records Technician

ESTIMATED COSTS

  • $1,000 (Approximate over three semesters)

PREREQUISITES

  • None*
    • *ALDH 82 must be taken and passed with a ‘C’ before being admitted to ALDH 82C.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This certificate prepares students for an entry-level position in a physician’s office, clinic or Medical records.

REQUIRED COURSES:

  • ALDH 139 Medical Terminology
  • ALDH 80 Pharmacology
  • ALDH 81 Medical Insurance
  • ALDH 82 Medical Office Procedures*
  • ALDH 82C Medical Office Procedures- Clinical*
  • ALDH 91 Basic CPR
  • Psych 110 Developmental Psychology
    • And either
      • BET 103 or BET 104 (Beginning Word Processing/Typing)

*You may begin working as a Medical Assistant after completing ALDH 82 and ALDH 82C.


MEDICAL ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE CURRICULUM
SUGGESTED 1 - YEAR SCHEDULE

SUMMER UNITS

  • ALDH 139 Medical Terminology 3.0
  • ALDH 91 Basic CPR 0.5
    • BET 103 Beginning Word Processing 3.0
      or
    • BET 104 Beginning Word for Windows 3.0
    Total units - 6.5

FALL UNITS

  • ALDH 80 Pharmacology 3.0
  • ALDH 82 Medical Office Procedures 3.0
  • ALDH 81 Medical Insurance 3.0
    Total units - 9.0

SPRING UNITS

  • ALDH 82C Medical Office Procedures – Clinical 5.0
  • Psych 110 Developmental Psychology 3.0
    Total Units - 8.0

TOTAL PROGRAM UNITS = 23.5

Please note that this schedule is suggested. The only classes that have to be taken in succession are ALDH 82 (first pass this course with a grade ‘C’ or better), then enroll in ALDH 82C; the clinical portion of the program.


CONTACT INFORMATION

Debbie Walton
Medical Assistant Coordinator
Phone: 760-245-4271, Ext. 2463
Fax: 760-951-5861
E-mail: debbie.walton@vvc.edu

General Information
Health Sciences/Allied Health Office Assistant - 760-245-4271, Ext. 2463