West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

The Clinical Assistant program has been designed for individuals who are interested in working in the back office setting in a large clinic or outpatient facility. Clinical duties include obtaining and recording patients’ height, weight, temperature and blood pressure, obtaining case histories, performing basic laboratory tests, preparing patients for and assisting with examinations, as well as office surgeries, taking EKGs, and sterilization of instruments and materials. The program also includes instruction in the important areas of medical ethics and law, interpersonal communication, patient care, appointment scheduling, telephone technique, and electronic medical records management.

Upon completion of all required courses (34.5 units), students are assisted with the placement of an internship with a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to be the workplace. Background checks and drug testing are now required prior to entry.

The following are required prior to entry into the internship:

  • Statement of Eligibility for Internship
  • Health statement and physical examination
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better are required prior to entry into internship
  • HTECH 54A

Certificate of Achievement

HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Ethics & Law 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 41 Medical Office Business Procedure 3 units
HTECH 44 Electronic Medical Records using ECW 2 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
HTECH 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2 units
HTECH 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5 units
HTECH 58 Laboratory Techniques 3 units
HTECH 63 Medication Administration 1.5 units
HTECH 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5 units
Total Major Units   34.5 units

The Insurance Billing Specialist program is designed to train the student to receive medical claim forms, abstract medical information such as diagnosis, prognosis, and dates of treatment from patient records, complete forms, and answer inquiries from doctors, patients, and insurance companies. Billing specialists must have knowledge of medical terminology, diagnostic and procedural coding, as well as the legal requirements for release of medical information.

Upon completion of all required courses, students are placed in an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to the workplace.

A Statement of Eligibility for Internship, a health statement and physical examination, a current CPR certificate, keyboarding proficiency, basic word processing skills, and completion of all required courses with a grade of “C” or better are required prior to entry into internship (HTECH 54A).

Career Options

  • Insurance Biller
  • Medical File Clerk
  • Medical Records Technician, entry-level
  • Patient Account Representative
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Management

Certificate of Achievement

HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 6 Adv. Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Law & Ethics 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 41 Basic Medical Office Procedures 3 units
HTECH 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2 units
HTECH 43 Basic Medical Accounting & Record Keeping 3 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
Recommended Electives    
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication 3 units
Total Certificate Units   23 units

The Massage Therapy Program prepares students with the theory, knowledge, and hands-on experience necessary for an entry-level position as a massage therapist. Students will learn basic Swedish, shiatsu, sports, and deep tissue massage. Upon completion, the graduates will be qualified to get their massage therapy licenses in the city of choice in the state of California.

The following are required prior to entry into the internship:

  • Statement of Eligibility for Internship
  • Health statement and physical examination
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better are required prior to entry into internship
  • HTECH 54A

Career Options

Today, the massage therapist may work in private practice or in any number of capacities, including

  • Clinics or Physician’s Office
  • Chiropractor’s Office
  • Physical Therapist’s Office
  • Hospitals
  • Health Clubs and Fitness Centers
  • Resorts and Spas
  • Senior Centers
  • Sporting Events
  • Corporate and Business Wellness
  • Stress Reduction Programs

Certificate of Achievement

HTECH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Ethics & Law 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
HTECH 70 Introduction to Holistic Medicine 1 unit
HTECH 71A Basic Massage Therapy 2 units
HTECH 71B Shiatsu and Chair Massage 2 units
Total Major Units   42 units

The Medical Administrative Assistant program focuses on the many and varied administrative functions of a medical office, including personnel supervision, credit and collection procedures, and management of time and resources.

Upon completion of all required courses (25.5 units), students are assisted with the placement of an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to the workplace.

The following are required prior to entry into the internship:

  • Statement of Eligibility for Internship
  • Health statement and physical examination
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 35 wpm
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better are required prior to entry into internship HTECH 54A (HTECH 54B is optional)

Certificate of Achievement

HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Law & Ethics 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 41 Basic Medical Office Business Procedures 3 units
HTECH 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2 units
HTECH 43 Basic Medical Accounting & Record Keeping 3 units
HTECH 44 Electronic Medical Records using ECW 2 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
H.ED 11.5 CPR/ AED/ Basic Life Support 0.5 unit
Total Certificate Units   25.5 units

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students to work in the front and back office of a physician’s office, clinic, or other outpatient facilities. Multiple skills and areas of theory are taught so that graduates are prepared to assume an important and valuable role as a team member in health care delivery.

Upon completion of all required courses (42 units), students are assisted with the placement of an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to the workplace.

The following are required prior to entry into the internship:

  • Statement of Eligibility for Internship
  • Health statement and physical examination
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 35 wpm
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better
  • HTECH 54A
  • HTECH 54B
  • Many facilities are requiring background checks and drug testing prior to entry (HTECH 54A and HTECH 54B are required)

Career Options

  • ECG Technician
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Insurance Account Representative
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Reception
  • Medical Office Manager

Associate of Science Degree

H.ED 11.5 CPR/ AED/ Basic Life Support 0.5 unit
HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Ethics & Law 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 25A Medical Transcription 2 units
HTECH 41 Medical Office Business Procedure 3 units
HTECH 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2 units
HTECH 43 Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping 3 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
HTECH 54B Internship 2 units
HTECH 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2 units
HTECH 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5 units
HTECH 58 Laboratory Techniques 3 units
HTECH 63 Medication Administration 1.5 units
HTECH 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5 units
Recommended Electives    
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3 units
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication 3 units
FD 27 Professional Image 3 units
HTECH 90 Medical Assisting Review  
Total Major Units   42 units

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students to work in the front and back office of a physician’s office, clinic, or other outpatient facilities. Multiple skills and areas of theory are taught so that graduates are prepared to assume an important and valuable role as a team member in health care delivery.

Upon completion of all required courses (42 units), students are assisted with the placement of an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to the workplace.

The following are required prior to entry into the internship:

  • Statement of Eligibility for Internship
  • Health statement and physical examination
  • Current CPR certificate
  • Keyboarding proficiency of 35 wpm
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better
  • HTECH 54A
  • HTECH 54B
  • Many facilities are requiring background checks and drug testing prior to entry (HTECH 54A and HTECH 54B are required)

Career Options

  • ECG Technician
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Insurance Account Representative
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Reception
  • Medical Office Manager

Certificate of Achievement

H.ED 11.5 CPR/ AED/ Basic Life Support 0.5 unit
HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Ethics & Law 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 41 Medical Office Business Procedure 3 units
HTECH 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2 units
HTECH 43 Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping 3 units
HTECH 44 Electronic Medical Records using ECW 2 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
HTECH 54B Internship 2 units
HTECH 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2 units
HTECH 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5 units
HTECH 58 Laboratory Techniques 3 units
HTECH 63 Medication Administration 1.5 units
HTECH 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5 units
Total Major Units   42 units

The Medical Office Reception program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the front desk in a medical office or similar setting, including telephone technique, public relations, and medical records management.

Upon completion of all required courses, students are placed in an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skill acquired in class to the workplace.

A Statement of Eligibility for Internship, a health statement and physical examination, and completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better are required to receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

Certificate of Achievement

HTECH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTECH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTECH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 7 Medical Ethics & Law 2 units
HTECH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTECH 41 Medical Office Business Procedure 3 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
Total Certificate Units   15 units

West Valley College has worked in affiliation with Kaiser Hospital to develop this certificate program to promote career development and enhance job opportunities for Clinical Assistant or Medical Assistant students. Workplace settings can include hospitals, large medical clinics and orthopedic practices.

HTECH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTECH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTECH 54A Internship 2 units
HTECH 54B Internship 2 units
HTECH 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2 units
HTECH 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5 units
HTECH 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5 units
Total Certificate Units   17 units
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