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

CAREER PROGRAMS: Health Care Technologies - Medical Assistant

Major Requirements

Associate of Science Degree and Certificate Requirements
Course Number Course Name Units
H-Ed 11 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation .5
Htech 1 Introduction to Health Care 1
Htech 2 Medical Information Processing 2
Htech 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3
Htech 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3
Htech 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3
Htech 7 Medical Law and Ethics 2
Htech 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2
Htech 41 Basic Medical Office Business Procedures 3
Htech 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2
Htech 43 Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping 3
Htech 44 Electronic Medical Records 2
Htech 54A Internship 2
Htech 54B Internship 2
Htech 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2
Htech 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5
Htech 58 Laboratory Techniques 3
Htech 63 Administration of Medications 1.5
Htech 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5
Total Units 42
Recommended Electives
Course Number Course Name Units
Comm 12 Intercultural Communication 3
CHS 2 Child Growth and Development 3

NOTE: Helpful tips for Htech 2 and Htech 44

  • working knowledge of use and functioning of computers
  • ability to work independently with Microsoft Word

Htech 63 should be taken in the last semester prior to internship.

A grade of C or better must be earned for all certificate programs.

Htech 56, 57, and 58 are only offered in the spring semester.

Students who need additional time to practice computer skills are encouraged to take advantage of the open lab time in the Technology Center.

To be awarded an A.S. Degree, a student must complete:

  1. All the major requirements.
  2. Additional units to meet the college graduation requirements.

SUGGESTED SEQUENCE: 2 Year

Semester Course Name
First Semester (Fall) Htech 1, 2, 5, 41, 55
Second Semester (Spring) Htech 8, 57, 58, 64
Third Semester (Fall) Htech 4, 7, 63, 44, 42
Fourth Semester (Spring) Htech 43, 6, H-Ed 11
Fifth Semester Htech 54A (Internship), Htech 54B (Internship)

SUGGESTED SEQUENCE: 3 Year

Semester Course Name
First Semester (Fall) Htech 1, 2, 5
Second Semester (Fall) Htech 8, 56, 57
Third Semester (Fall) Htech 7, 4, 41, 42
Fourth Semester (Spring) Htech 43, 6, 58
Fifth Semester Htech 25A, 55, 63, H-ED 11
Sixth Semester Htech 54A (Internship), Htech 54B (Internship)

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Department Chair
Kristine Gaiero
408.741.4019
e-mail:  kris_gaiero@westvalley.edu

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