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Medical Administrative Assistant

Certificate of Achievement

The Medical Administrative Assistant program focuses on the many and varied administrative functions of the medical office including personnel supervision, credit and collection procedures, and the management of time and resources. Upon completion of all required courses (25.5 units), students are assisted with placement in an internship in a local health care facility. This is a valuable experience in applying the knowledge and skills acquired in class to the workplace. Program Requirements 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, and Completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better prior to entry into internship HTCH 054A. Upon completion of the certificate, students are prepared to pursue the following career options: Medical Office Management, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical File Clerk, and Medical Receptionist.

Program Requirements (25.5 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HTCH001Introduction to Health Care1 unit
HTCH002Medical Information Processing2 units
HTCH005Basic Medical Terminology3 units
HTCH041Medical Office Business Procedures3 units
HTCH042Insurance Billing and Coding2 units
HSCI003CPR / AED - Basic Life Support for Providers and Professionals0.5 units
HTCH006Advanced Medical Terminology3 units
HTCH007Medical Ethics & Law2 units
HTCH008Communication for Health Care Personnel2 units
HTCH043Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping3 units
HTCH044Electronic Medical Records2 units
HTCH054AInternship for Health Care Technologies2 units

Total Certificate Units: 25.5 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” (or "P") or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to manage medical front office tasks and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to access and input patient information using electronic medical records systems.
  • Describe and identify the ways that medical administrative assistants help ensure the financial success of physician practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist medical care providers in delivering patient care.
Last Updated 7/19/23