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

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CAREER PROGRAMS: Health Care Technologies - Medical Assistant

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Program Options

Associate of Science Degree
Certificate of Achievement

Program Information

The Medical Assistant Program prepares students to work in the front and back office of a physician's office, clinic or other out-patient 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.


Click to watch the introduction to Medical Assisting
Watch the introduction to Medical Assisting 

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 of 35 wpm, 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 and Htech 54B are required).

Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement
Medical Assistant 2011  ^
Disclosure year: 2009-2010 academic year

Career Paths

The Health Care Technologies Department offers eight other programs:

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

Program Requirements

  • Requirements and suggested sequence of classes


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