nursing AND MEDICAL ASSIStANT

   

Nursing Programs

We currently offer the classes listed below to launch and continue your career in nursing. The National Center for Workforce Analysis reports that more than 50% of states reported shortages of allied health personnel. This will get worse as the total population of California grows 39% through 2020 and the over 65 population grows 58%.

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Certified Nursing Assistant (Nursing 399A)

This 9-week class offers everything you need to become eligible for State certification and employment as a Nursing Assistant in long-term care facilities, acute care, and home care settings. Emphasis is given to safety principles, infection control, methods for providing physical care, and emotional and social support.


The CNA course includes 54 hours of theory and 108 hours of clinical work. Clinical work is scheduled at local nursing facilities on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Students must attend all classes to complete the required hours. See the class schedule for class dates and times.


Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible for the State of California certification Examination. The State application for certification requires fingerprinting and a background check. Applicants who have been convicted of a criminal offense may not be eligible for certification. Please contact our office at (310) 287-4464 or visit the certification requirements online at http://www.dhs.ca.gov/lnc/cert/Training.htm.

 

For more information, call the Allied Health Division:  (310) 287-4464, or visit MSB 1st Floor.

 

 

Certified Nursing Assistant - FREE Orientation:

 

call (310) 287-4464 for the date of the next scheduled information session / orientation

 

 

 

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Prerequisites

Admission to the Nursing program is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must meet the following requirements:


1. Complete Nursing Information Sheet. Click here to download it.
2. College level course work in Math 105 and English 20A or ESL 6 with a grade of "C" or better OR completion of the college assessment examination offered in the Student Assessment Center (Building A-13). To make an appointment with a counselor click here or call (310) 287-4257.


Prior to the start of the clinical rotation, students will need to have completed the requirements listed below. Your professor will review these requirements with you during class. The West Los Angeles College Student Health Center provides many of these at no or low cost. Contact them at (310) 287-4478.

1. Physical examination
2. Proof of vaccination or titer:

  • Tetanus (within past 10 years). Offered at the Student Health Center.
  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella). Offered at the Student Health Center.
  • Proof of Absence of Tuberculosis (negative skin test or negative chest x-ray within three months of start of program). Offered at the Student Health Center.
  • Varicella (Chicken pox - titer or proof of vaccination).

4. Drug screen
5. American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR card for the Healthcare Provider. You can meet this requirement by enrolling in Allied Health 21. Click on the class schedule for available dates/times.
6. Malpractice insurance with coverage that includes $1,000,000 single occurrence & $3,000,000 aggregate) (check www.nso.com or call 800-247-1500 for rates).

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Certified Home Health Aide (Nursing 399B)

Students who wish to further develop their skills and employment options, working with homebound individuals and assisted living facilities, should take this 4-week course to become a State-certified HHA.
The CNA and HHA classes can be completed together in one semester.

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Geriatric Care Technician (Nursing 398)

The Geriatric Care Technician is a new role that meets increased needs of an aging population. This course consists of lecture and clinical experiences at local affiliated hospitals and clinics.  This class enhances the theoretical and clinical skills of the Nursing Assistant to care for the elderly.  This class fulfills the California State 48-hour continuing education requirement for certified nursing assistants and certified home health aides. Students completing this course will earn a Geriatric Care Technician Skills Certificate. 

PREREQUISITES: Nursing 399A or current certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant or Home Health Aide

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  In-Home Supportive Services Provider (Noncredit VocEd 400CE & 408CE)

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide or Nurse, a great way to get started in the healthcare field is by becoming an In-Home Supportive Services Provider. An In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Provider is a non-licensed healthcare worker who assists elderly and disabled individuals in their own home with basic daily and support services. These services include personal care, such as dressing and bathing, assistance with household chores, and basic medical care.

 

The field of personal and home care aides is among the fastest growing occupations in California with a projected 25% growth rate through 2016. California is expected to need more than 30,000 IHSS providers during this period.

West L.A. College offers IHSS certificate through the Career Advancement Academy program. The IHSS certificate program is made up of two, noncredit classes, totaling 108 hours. The classes are offered for FREE and are conducted as pass/fail. Students are responsible for the cost of books and materials. No credit or grades are given. Both courses are offered in a condensed format specially designed to prepare you to work in the healthcare field as quickly as possible. The 18-hour Medical Terminology (Voc Ed 400CE) course covers basic medical terms you need to know and communicate. In the 90-hour IHSS (Voc Ed 408CE) class, laboratory exercises will give you the opportunity to apply and practice what you learned in the lectures.

 

When you successfully complete both classes with a “pass,” you will receive an IHSS Certificate of Completion and a priority registration packet for our Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program.

 

Student Eligibility and Requirements:

All students are eligible to participate in these FREE, noncredit classes. Admission to the IHSS program is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be expected to attend class each and every day, study hard and successfully learn the material. See the class schedule for class dates and times.

 

PREREQUISITES: None

 

 

ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS:  If you're interested our Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, or Emergency Medical Technician programs...

 

**   Attend a free Allied Health Orientation   **

Learn more about our allied health programs and ask questions.

 

In-Home Supportive Services Provider - FREE Orientation:

call (310) 287-4464 for the date of the next scheduled information session / orientation

 
 

Medical Assistant                           

 

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ORIENTATION:

call (310) 287-4464 for the date of the next scheduled information session / orientation

 

• Program Overview
• Medical Assisting Prerequisites
• Application to Program
• Program Schedules
• Additional Costs
• Licensing and Accreditation
• Program Requirements
      ◦ Administrative Medical Assistant Program Requirements
      ◦ Clinical Medical Assistant Program Requirements
      ◦ Medical Assistant (Administrative & Clinical) Program Requirements
      ◦ Associate of Science in Medical Assisting


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

The goal of the West Los Angeles College Medical Assisting Program is to develop competent entry level Medical
Assistants competent in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning domains. WLAC and the Community
Advisory Committee further desire for all students to possess job ready skills and be eligible for employment.
In this program, students will learn to:
• Perform medical office administrative tasks including answering telephones, patient scheduling, and billing
insurance companies for services.
• Perform approved clinical techniques including obtaining vital signs, administering medications, performing 12
leads EKG, interpreting basic EKG, performing injections such as intramuscular, subcutaneous and intradermal,
and collecting blood for testing (Phlebotomy / Venipuncture).
• Perform Medical / Surgical Asepsis.
• Follow HIPAA guidelines and regulations.
• Perform medical office laboratory procedures.
All of the administrative and clinical procedures will be performed hands-on, on a role-play basis.
In addition, the students wil be completing a practicum and clinical externship hours as assigned clinics.
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) projects the job market for Medical Assistants in Los
Angeles County to increase 29.2 percent until 2018, with 876 average annual openings. EDD reports the median
wage for Medical Assistants in Los Angeles County in 2010 was $29,962 annually and $14.41 hourly. In Los Angeles
County, there are 25,121 facilities that employ medical assistants, medical secretaries, and related job titles,
representing 92.80 percent of total employment for occupations in the state of California.
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West Los Angeles College recently completed the "Medical Assistant for the New Healthcare Paradigm Preparation Program (MAPP)", funded by the California Community College Responsive Training Fund (RFA 10-332).  The program and student success was excellent and we wanted to share the outcomes with you.  For more information on this Medical Assistant Program at West, please contact Carmen Dones, Chair of Allied Health at donescm@wlac.edu.

Program outcomes of this project included:

•       Matriculation of 30 students into the program
•       A completion rate of 90% (27 of 30 students)
•       The improvement of career pathways was made by offering a credit by examination to reflect a student’s

         prior learning and work experience.  Approximately 15% (6 students) successfully passed these

         examinations.
•       Of the 27 students completing the program, 74% obtained employment.
•       Student evaluations of the instructor and program were strong.
•       Employers hiring student include the Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Saint John’s Child and

         Family Clinic, St. Vincent Clinic, Kaiser Permanente.


Medical Assisting 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).
1. Physical examination
2. 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)
3. 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.


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Application to Program


Contact information: Juan Carlos Castillo - Nursing Dept. SC 104; (310)287-7226.


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Program Schedules


The current program is offered on a part-time basis.

Classes meet from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:00am to 5:00 pm (NO Sundays).
The program is one year (Spring Semester 2013 to Spring Semester 2014) in length.

 

TUITION

 

Because WLAC is a public college, we can keep tuition low and quality high.

 

 

 Effective Fall 2012

CA Resident Tuition

 

$46  per unit

Non-Resident Tuition

 

$46  per unit

$190 per unit for all units

 

International Students

studying from 
OUTSIDE the U.S.

 

 

$46  per unit enrollment fee

$207  per unit tuition for all units

$35  Application Fee

International Students

with an F-1 Visa studying ON CAMPUS

 

$46  per unit enrollment fee

$212  per unit tuition for all units

$35  Application Fee

$25  SEVIS Processing Fee

$498  Insurance Fall or Spring    

OTHER FEES

ASO Fee: $7

Student Representation Fee: $1

Health Fee: $11 Fall or Spring ($8 Summer or Winter)

Parking Pass: $20 

 

Fee Waivers ($0 Tuition!), Scholarships, Federal & State Grants, and Low Interest Loans Available. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance


Additional Costs


• Textbooks/workbooks (approx. $300)
• Laboratory materials (approx. $35)
• California Certification Exam ($115 - $155)
• Malpractice Insurance (approx. $25)
• Clinical uniform (approx. $75)
Financial Aid is available for qualifying students and may be used to offset these additional costs. Visit West Los
Angeles College Office of Financial Aid by email at wlacfa@wlac.edu or by telephone at (310) 287-4532 for more
information.
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Program Requirements


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.
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Licensing & Accreditation


Students completing the Medical Assistant Program at West Los Angeles College are able to sit for the California
Certifying Board for Medical Assistants (CCBMA). The CCBMA offers an option to be certified as an Administrative
Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant or both Administrative and Clinical Medical Assistant.

The cost for sitting for the CCBMA certification exam is:

          • Basic and Clinical Specialty $115
          • Basic and Administrative Specialty $115
          • Basic, Clinical & Administrative Specialties $155


For additional information regarding certification visit www.ccbma.org.
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