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Medical Assistant Prerequisites & Required Courses

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Prerequisites

Students are strongly encouraged to visit the Assessment Center to assess their Math and English skills necessary to succeed in the program. This program is very demanding and students lacking sufficient fundamental skills in Math and English may find the curriculum and pace of instruction very challenging. Recommended preparation for this program includes: Physiology 1, Math 115, English 101 and the ability to type at least 30 words per minute.


Students must be 18 years of age to enroll in the Medical Assisting Program. Prior to the clinical/field internship, students need to have personal health insurance and must have completed the requirements listed below. The West Los Angeles College Student Health Center provides some of these services at no or low cost and can be reached at (310) 287-4478.

The candidates for this program should also have a minimum of a High School Diploma (or GED).

  • Physical examination
  • Vaccinations verification
    • Hepatitis B
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). Offered at the Student Health Center.
    • Proof of Absence of Tuberculosis (negative skin test within 3 months of the start of the program)
    • Varicella (Chicken pox) (titer or proof of vaccination)
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card. This course is available in the WLAC course catalog at varying times throughout the academic year.

Required Upper Division Courses

There are three certificate options and an Associate Degree available:

  •  Administrative (only) Medical Assistant
  •  Clinical (only) Medical Assistant
  •  Administrative and Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Associate Degree in Medical Assisting

 

The requirements for all options are listed below:
 

Administrative Medical Assistant Certificate Program (22 Units)

  • ALD HTH 57 Introduction to computers in Health Occupations (1 unit)
  • ALD HTH 33 Medical Terminology (3 units)
  • HLTHOCC 51 Medical Office Microcomputer Management Applications (1 unit)
  • HLTHOCC 52 Medical Office Procedures I (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 53 Medical Office Procedures II (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 61 Medical Insurance (3 units)
  • HLTHOCC 55 Clinical Assisting Techniques I (4 units)
  • HTLHOCC 59 Medical Assisting Practicum (2 units)

 

Clinical Medical Assistant Certificate Program (31.5 Units)

  • ALD HTH 57 Introduction to computers in Health Occupations (1 unit)
  • ALD HTH 33 Medical Terminology (3 units)
  • HLTHOCC 51 Medical Office Microcomputer Management Applications (1 unit)
  • HLTHOCC 52 Medical Office Procedures I (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 54 Human Disease (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 55 Clinical Assisting Techniques I (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 56 Clinical Assisting Techniques II (4 units)
  • HTLHOCC 57 Medical Office Laboratory Procedures (3.5 units)
  • HLTHOCC 58 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 59 Medical Assisting Practicum (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 60 Medical Assisting Internship (3 units)

 

Medical Assistant Certificate (Administrative & Clinical) Program (38.5 Units)

  • ALD HTH 57 Introduction to computers in Health Occupations (1 unit)
  • ALD HTH 33 Medical Terminology (3 units)
  • HLTHOCC 51 Medical Office Microcomputer Management Applications (1 unit)
  • HLTHOCC 52 Medical Office Procedures I (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 53 Medical Office Procedures II (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 61 Medical Insurance (3 units)
  • HLTHOCC 54 Human Disease (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 55 Clinical Assisting Techniques I (4 units)
  • HLTHOCC 56 Clinical Assisting Techniques II (4 units)
  • HTLHOCC 57 Medical Office Laboratory Procedures (3.5 units)
  • HLTHOCC 58 Pharmacology for Medical Assistants (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 59 Medical Assisting Practicum (2 units)
  • HLTHOCC 60 Medical Assisting Internship (3 units)

 

Associate of Science in Medical Assisting (60 units)
Students wishing to earn an Associate of Science in Medical Assisting must successfully complete the Medical Assistant Certificate (Administrative and Clinical) and must satisfy the Plan B General Education requirements for a minimum of 60 units as listed in the Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes.