Health Care Technologies Degrees and Certificates

Clinical Assistant Certificate

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 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.

Program Option

  • Certificate of Achievement

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
  • HTCH 54A

After completing a Clinical Assistant certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Access and input patient information using electronic medical records systems
  • Assist medical care providers in delivering patient care

Required Courses

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

See Clinical Assistant Program Ed Plan

Insurance Billing Specialist

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 (HTCH 54A).

Program Option

  • Certificate of Achievement

Career Options

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

After completing an Insurance Billing Specialist certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Use medical terminology, diagnostic and procedural coding to process medical claim forms.

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HTCH 1 Introduction to Health Care 1 unit
HTCH 2 Medical Information Processing 2 units
HTCH 5 Basic Medical Terminology 3 units
HTCH 6 Adv. Medical Terminology 3 units
HTCH 7 Medical Law & Ethics 2 units
HTCH 8 Communication for Health Care Personnel 2 units
HTCH 41 Basic Medical Office Procedures 3 units
HTCH 42 Insurance Billing and Coding 2 units
HTCH 43 Basic Medical Accounting & Record Keeping 3 units
HTCH 54A Internship for Health Care Technologies 2 units

Recommended Electives

Course Number Course Title Units
COMM 12 Intercultural Communication 3 units
Total Certificate Units   23 units

See Insurance Billing Specialist Program Ed Plan

Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate

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.

Program Option

  • Certificate of Achievement

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 HTCH 54A)

Career Options

  • Medical Office Management
  • Medical File Clerk
  • Medical Records Technician, entry-level
  • Medical Secretary
  • Admitting Clerk
  • Hospital Unit Coordinator

After completing a Medical Administrative certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Access and input patient information using electronic medical records systems
  • Manage medical front office task and responsibilities

Required Courses

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

See Medical Administrative Assistant Program Ed Plan

Medical Assistant Associate of Science Degree

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, 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.

Program Options

  • Associate of Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement

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
  • HTCH 54A

Career Options

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

Required Courses

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

See Medical Assistant A.S. Degree Program Ed Plan

Medical Assistant Certificate of Achievement

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
  • HTCH 54A
  • Many facilities are requiring background checks and drug testing prior to entry (HTCH 54A is required)

Career Options

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

After completing a Medical Assistant certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Manage medical front office task and responsibilities
  • Access and input patient information using electronic medical records systems
  • Assist medical care providers in delivering patient care

Required Courses

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

See Medical Assistant Certificate Program Ed Plan

Medical Office Reception

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 Achievement.

Program Option

  • Certificate of Achievement

After completing a certificate in Medical Office Reception, a student will be able to:

  • Use communication skills to promote office/client relationships.

Required Courses

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

See Medical Office Reception Program Ed Plan

Orthopedic Technician Certificate of Achievement

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.

Students earning the Orthopedic Technician Certificate may be qualified to assist orthopedic surgeons in the care of patients with injuries or diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

Through the major required courses, students acquire the skills to apply and remove plaster and synthetic casts, assist others to safely use walking aids such as canes, walkers, and crutches, fit and adjust equipment as necessary, and set up and make adjustments to certain types of traction under the guidance of a physician. Under the guidance of a surgeon, Orthopedic Technicians fabricate splints and manage other simple medical technology, including braces.

After completing the required courses, there is a 240 hour internship. Students must have CPR certification and undergo background checks and drug screening before completing their internship.

While certification isn’t required in order to work as an orthopedic technician, earning a professional credential can lead to additional career opportunities. The National Board for Certification of Orthopaedic Technologists, Inc. offers the Orthopaedic Technologist Certified (OTC) and Orthopaedic Technologist-Surgery Certified (OT-SC) credentials. 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.

Students earning the Orthopedic Technician Certificate of Achievement are prepared to work in the following settings:

  • hospitals
  • large medical clinics
  • orthopedic practices
  • skilled nursing facilities

After completing the Orthopedic Technician certificate, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in cast application and remova

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HTCH 4 Structure and Function of the Human Body 3 units
HTCH 6 Advanced Medical Terminology 3 units
HTCH 54A Internship for Health Care Technologies 2 units
HTCH 54A Internship for Health Care Technologies 2 units
HTCH 55 Vital Signs and Charting 2 units
HTCH 57 Sterile Techniques 2.5 units
HTCH 64 ECG and Ortho Tech 2.5 units
Total Certificate Units   17 units

See Orthopedic Technician Program Ed Plan

Last Updated 9/27/19