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De Anza's Health Technology Department offers 11 different programs. Click on the name or scroll down to learn which is right for you.


Medical Assisting — A.A. Degree

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Associate in Arts degree (2 years full-time or 3+ years part-time)

Cost of Program: $4,500-5,000 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance

Skills: Clinical skills includes vital signs, assisting with minor surgery, EKGs, routine lab procedures, administration of medications, basic patient care. Administrative skills include computer skills, transcription, scheduling appointments, bookkeeping, billing, insurance, records management, public relations.

Career Opportunities: Private physician's office, outpatient department, health services, medical clinics, business offices of medical facilities, medical office manager and many others. Full-time, part-time, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $16-20 per hour depending on the geographical location and medical specialty. The benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & 35-40 wpm).

Co-requisites: Eligible in math (Intermediate algebra) and English; evidence of good health (prior to externship).


Medical Assisting — Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Proficiency (1 year full-time or 2+ years part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,500-4,000 (length) Includes fees, textbooks, malpractice insurance

Skills: Clinical skills includes vital signs, assisting with minor surgery, EKGs, routine lab procedures, administration of medications, basic patient care. Administrative skills include computer skills, transcription, scheduling appointments, bookkeeping, billing, insurance, records management, public relations.

Career Opportunities: Private physician's office, outpatient department, health services, medical clinics, business offices of medical facilities, medical office manager and many others. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $16-20 per hour depending on the geographical location and medical specialty. The benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & 35-40 wpm).

Co-requisites: Eligible in math (Intermediate Algebra) and English; evidence of good health (prior to externship).


Medical Secretary — Certificate of Proficiency

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Proficiency (1+year part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,500-4,000 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance

Skills: Administrative skills include typing, transcription, scheduling appointments,bookkeeping, billing, insurance, records management, public relations.

Career Opportunities: Private physician's office, business offices of medical facilities, medical office manager and many others. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $15-20 per hour depending on the geographical location and medical specialty. The benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & 35-40 wpm).

Co-requisites: Eligible in math (Intermediate algebra) and English; evidence of good health (prior to externship).


Medical Reception — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (9-12 months+ part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,000-3,500 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance.

Skills: Answers telephones, schedules appointments, record management, and, in some instances, codes, completes insurance forms, and handles money transactions.

Career Opportunities: Outpatient departments, medical clinics,and private medical offices. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $16-20/benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & keyboarding 35-40 wpm).


Medical File Clerk — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (6-12 months/part-time)

Cost of Program: $2,000-2,500 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance.

Skills: Administrative skills include answering telephones, keyboarding and filing.

Career Opportunities: Outpatient departments, medical clinics,and private medical offices. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $10-18/per hour;benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: none


Business Office Clerk — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (9-12 months/part-time)

Cost of Program: $2,500-3,000 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance.

Skills: Administrative skills including insurance claims billing, collections and appeals, reception relief, and other clerical duties.

Career Opportunities: Outpatient departments, medical clinics,and private medical offices. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $12-18/per hour; benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: none


Medical Records Clerk — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (6-9 months/part-time)

Cost of Program: $2,500-3,000 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance.

Skills: Administrative skills including customer service skills, assist patients, assemble and combine charts, answer phones, keyboarding and filing.

Career Opportunities: Outpatient departments, medical clinics,and private medical offices. Full-time, part-time, job sharing, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $10-18/per hour;benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.


Insurance/Coding Specialist — Certificate of Achievement (emphasis on Ambulatory Coding)

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (12-24 months+ part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,000-3,500 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance

Skills: Preparation of insurance claim forms, maintaining insurance claims register, tracing unpaid claims, evaluating claims rejection, and translating medical terminology into procedural and diagnostic codes.

Career Opportunities: Business offices of medical clinics and medical record department. Full-time, part-time, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $15-23 per hour/benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & keyboarding 35-40 wpm


Medical Transcriptionist — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (1+year part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,000-3,500 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, malpractice insurance.

Skills: Transcribe medical dictation detailing a patient's health care during an illness or after an injury.

Career Opportunities: Hospitals, medical clinics, private medical offices, and private services (they may work out of their own homes). Full-time, part-time, and on-call jobs are available. Job entry level usually requires 65 wpm and 10-11 minutes of doctor's dictation per hour.

Salary Range and Benefits: $15-22 per hour/benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

Prerequisites: CAOS 173 (Keyboarding Skill Development) and CAOS 91AN or equivalent (Word 2010 & keyboarding 35-40 wpm.


Lab Assistant — Certificate of Achievement

Combination Certificate: Phlebotomist/EKG Technician

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (12+ months part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,700-4,000 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance

Skills: Performs venipuncture, sets up lab tests and processes specimens for testing in clinical labs of medical clinics and hospitals; performs electrocardiograms(EKGs).

Career Opportunities: Clinical laboratories of medical clinics and hospitals and private labs and/or EKG Department. Full-time, part-time, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $16-20 per hour/benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.


Phlebotomist — Certificate of Achievement

Certificate/Degree (minimum length of time for completion):
Certificate of Achievement (12+ months part-time)

Cost of Program: $3,500-3,700 (depends on length) Includes fees, textbooks, liability insurance

Skills: Performs venipuncture, sets up lab tests and processes specimens for testing in clinical labs of medical clinics and hospitals.

Career Opportunities: Clinical laboratories of medical clinics and hospitals and private labs. Full-time, part-time, and on-call jobs are available.

Salary Range and Benefits: $16-20 per hour/benefits are usually better in the larger medical facilities.

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