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

CAREER PROGRAMS: Health Care Technologies - Medical Assistant

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.



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 Opportunities

The Health Care Technologies Department offers eight other programs:

  • Clinical Assistant
  • Insurance Billing Specialist
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Office Reception
  • Medical Transcription
  • Orthopedic Technician

Department Chair

Kris Gaiero
e-mail:  kris.gaiero@westvalley.edu

Program Requirements

  • Requirements and suggested sequence of classes

Other Health Care Technology Program Offerings

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