West Valley College has worked with Kaiser Hospital and Valley Medical Center to implement this certificate program to promote career development and enhance job options for Clinical Assistant or Medical Assistant students or those working in this field.
Instruction includes sterile technique, basic patient care skills, emergency procedures, and communication. After completing the required courses, there is a 240 hour internship. Students must have CPR certification before doing their internship.
Prior to enrolling in this program, it is recommended that students have experience working as a medical assistant or have completed the Clinical Assistant program requirements as this program builds upon those skills and knowledge base. Workplace settings can include hospitals, large medical clinics, orthopedic practices, and skilled nursing facilities.
The Health Care Technologies Department offers eight other programs: