Attend a Medical Orientation and start your path to a new Medical Career!

Ready to start your new Medical Career? Get started by attending an orientation to get all the information you need on prerequisites, book costs and schedules. To be eligible to participate in any of Vista Adult School's Medical Programs and courses, you must first attend an orientation!


Certificated Medical Career Pathways


Healthcare Essentials

$60 Reg Fee/Book Required

This introductory course is a prerequisite for most of the medical programs at Vista Adult School, including Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Insurance Billing Certificated Programs, and Medical Front Office. The course consists of modules in medical terminology, computer literacy, health and safety, body structures and function, medical math, ethical and legal responsibilities, and success strategies.

0401.03 M/W 6 - 9 pm 3/18-6/12 Niavez Sunset/102
0401.04 T/Th 6 - 9 pm 3/19-6/13 Niavez Sunset/102


Paperless Medical Records

$100 Reg Fee/Book Required

Learn the fundamentals of entering/managing Electronic Health Records (EHR) on the computer. As of 2014, all medical records went through a mandated conversion to EHR. This course will introduce both Patient Service Representatives and Clinical Medical Assistant students to the field of Electronic Health Records by learning the required steps to Implementation and EHR frame work, content, visit management, problem list/medication list/allergy management, examination entry, vital sign graphs, chart notes, treatment plans, order entry, patient communication documentation, reports, registry, and continuing care of the patient. Students must have intermediate computer skills, be able to type a minimum of 25 wpm and have an email account. Students must attend orientation to register.

Pre-requisite: Patient Service Rep/Front Office.

0407.01 Online 3/18-6/15 Weirather Online

Medical Assistant, Clinical, Part B

Registration Fee: $150. (Same book used in Part A)

Training continues in the field of medical assisting and the history of medicine. Students learn medical terminology, pharmacology, medical law and ethics. This course discusses how to assist the physician with minor treatment or diagnostic testing, patient preparation, and use of various supplies and equipment such as electrocardiograph and audiometer. The proper handling of specimens, vital signs, and administering injections, and laboratory procedures will be discussed.

Pre-requisite: Medical Assistant Part A, Patient Service Representative.

040902 M-Th 8 am - 12 pm 3/18-6/13 Niavez Sunset/105

Medical Terminology - Part B

Registration Fee: $65 (Book required).

This advanced medical terminology course is designed for individuals entering or currently in the medical field who want to expand their medical vocabulary/knowledge. This course has interactive exercises as well as word building, glossary of over 5,000 terms, case studies, medical reports, and correct usage of common medical terms.

041102 F 8:30 - 11:30 am 3/22-6/14 Niavez Sunset/102

Phlebotomy Technician

Registration Fee: $675 (Book required).

Students will learn how to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions. Students will also learn additional responsibilities such as identifying tubes which are transported to a lab to be analyzed, training in infection prevention, proper patient identification, confidentiality requirements, and quality assurance. Upon successfully completing this training, students can test with NCCT/CPT1 exam. This is a California State Certified Training Program.

*Specific shots are required before entering the class.
Pre-requisite: Healthcare Essentials.

040401 M 5 - 9 pm, T 6 - 9 pm & W 5 - 9 pm 3/18-6/12 Westmoreland & Staff Sunset/10


Pharmacy Technician II

Registration Fee $175 (Book required)

This 6 week course provides students the opportunity to apply their previously learned theories and techniques in an advanced laboratory setting in relation to Hospital Pharmacy. It is designed to prepare the student for integration into an actual hospital environment as an entry level Registered Pharmacy Technician. This course emphasizes important concepts which includes a variety of topics from Hospital distribution, Hospital Rounds methods and procedures, Inpatient dispensing systems, Pyxis medication distribution, Nuclear pharmacy, Total Parenteral Nutrition compounding, I.V. Admixture sterile preparations, Advanced pharmaceutical calculations, which includes Body Surface Area, Allegations, Specific Gravity, Rate of Flow, and Running time. Upon completion of this six week course, the student will be prepared to take The National Certification Board Exam. This exam will allow the student to further his career goals by successfully achieving more employability skills, as it relates to the professional career of a Hospital Pharmacy Technician.

Pre-requisite: Pharmacy Technician I.

Session I: 041301.1 M-F 8 am - 12 pm 3/18-5/3 Brown Sunset/103
Session II : 041301.2 M-F 8 am - 12 pm 5/6-6/14 Brown Sunset/103

Patient Service Representative - Blended Class

Registration Fee: $100 (Book required).

Students will learn how to become part of the care team and be challenged with real-world projects, simulations, specific knowledge and skills needed to work as a Patient Service Representative. This Hybrid (or blended) course will incorporate face to face instruction in addition to an online independent format by meeting on campus one day a week. Students will acquire skills and knowledge in HIPAA, NDC Medisoft 17, Microsoft Office 2007/2010, keyboarding, internet, email, file management, and medical terminology; learn how to electronically schedule patient appointments, prepare medical records, enter diagnostic and procedure codes, patient charges, payments, print statements and receipts, complete the patient referral process and medical forms. Students must have keyboarding and computer skills to enter this course.

Format: Online and one day a week on campus meeting.

0406.03 M 5:30 - 9 pm 3/18-6/15 Weirather Sunset/106

Anatomy & Physiology - Foundations

Registration Fee: $65 (Book required)

Anatomy and Physiology is a basic course that investigates the structure and function of the human body. Topics covered will include the basic organization of the body; biochemical composition; and major body systems along with the impact of diseases on certain systems. Students will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of the human body. Working from the topics of basic anatomical terminology to the biochemical composition of the human body, all the way into great detail of each of the major systems of the body, students will learn through reading materials, study guides, unit worksheets, group work, and projects.

0402.98 Online 3/18-6/15 Weirather Online



Medical Coding

Registration Fee: $100 (Book required)

The focus of this class is learning the coding rules for the
CPT, ICD-10-CM and Health Care Procedure (HCPCS) coding systems and then applying the rules to code
patient services. We will utilize medical terminology and focus on diseases and conditions of the body systems.
The instructional methods used include lecture, class discussion, and assignments.

0412.04 W/Th 5:30 - 9 pm 3/20-6/13 Burns Sunset/106