The Medical Assisting program offers two options to provide students with preparation
for work in a medical office. Classes are offered toward certification in the following
- Option #1 - Medical Assisting Certification (Day Program) - Fall Start
- Option #2 - Medical Billing Certification (Night Program) - Spring Start
***NEW: Fall 2013 Medical Assisting Application PDF are available and the application period will close when 45 completed applications
have been receive (30 students and 15 wait list).
Admittance into the program is by application only. For more information go to our Student Resources page.
Both the medical assisting certificate and the medical billing and coding certificate
are two semester programs. The medical assisting program starts in the fall semester, while the medical billing and coding program starts in the spring semester. The medical assisting certificate is a full-time program held during the day, while
the medical billing and coding certificate consists of individual courses held in
the evening. Class sizes are small with 30 students accepted per class each year. To
be admitted to the program, you must obtain the official application forms online
or from the health sciences office in building M and follow the outlined procedures
Allan Hancock College now offers certification examinations through the National Health Career Association for both medical assisting and medical coding and billing.
Option #1 - Medical Assisting
Upon admittance to the medical assisting program, your coursework will prepare you
for both front and back office skills required for employment as a medical assistant
in a doctor’s office or medical facility. You will be trained in maintaining medical
records and interpreting medical terms used in medical records. You will be able to
prepare income statements, work with financial accounting processes and systems and
use standard medical office computer software. Coursework takes place in both the
classroom and lab setting to enable you to develop proficiency in maintaining and
using aseptic techniques, administering specified medications under the direction
of a physician, performing various laboratory tests, and assisting the physician with
Upon completion of the program you will be qualified to take the certifying examination
by the California Certifying Board for Medical Assistants.
Option #2 - Medical Billing and Coding
If medical billing and coding is your emphasis, you will focus on developing foundational
skills in the medical billing process, handling insurance forms and coding, completing
end-of-month operations in a medical office, accurately coding procedures and diagnoses,
and composing legal collection letters as part of collection procedures and practices.
Gainful Employment Information
Life & Physical Sciences Department, Building M
Sandy Zepeda, Department Secretary
805-922-6966 ext. 3384
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
closed during the summer.
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Medical Assisting Student
"I came to Allan Hancock College as an 'older' student. I was pleased to find out they offered the medical assisting program that I had been looking for. The campus has a relaxed, student-friendly atmosphere, and the teachers are well-educated and knowledgeable. I plan on becoming a certified medical assistant and hope to find a job in either an ob/gyn or Oncology office."
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Video: Students Michael and Shannon talk about the advantages of the AHC Medical Assisting