Medical Support Career Courses

The Occupational Outlook Handbook identifies Allied Health Careers among the employment sectors that will have the greatest growth over the next ten years. Start now to prepare for a rewarding career in Allied Health!

Students should be proficient in keyboarding, be able to use Microsoft Word, and Excel for job-related tasks, and possess basic computer skills for the health profession. We recommend students to take Medical Terminology. The medical terminology course is foundation course that will students for their chosen health occupations pathway.

Medical Terminology & Anatomy

This foundation health occupations course is recommended for everyone planning on a career in the healthcare field. Knowledge of medical terms, parts of the body, and common medications will be valuable in Pharmacy Technician, Medical Billing & Coding, and Medical Assistant training programs. Prepare for a career in health by learning the "Language of Medicine" & Anatomy, which are foundational courses for all medical support occupations. You'll learn prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms that are medical and pharmaceutical terms. Discover body systems and terms identifying each.

The textbook is required and will be available to purchase the first day of class in the classroom. The cost of the textbooks are subject to the publisher's pricing. Information will be provided at the first class meeting.

Allied Health Programs

We offer three allied health programs: Pharmacy Techncian, Medical Billing & Coding, and Medical Assistant. All programs are highly in demand per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Throughout the course of each program, you will have the opportunity to learn the concept needed to work in that specifc field. At the end of the program, you will be required to complete an externship, which will give you hands-on experience at a local medical facility. You will also receive assistance applying for the national and/or state exams.

Requirements

  • All Allied Health training applicants need to have a high school equivalency or high school diploma or be enrolled in a program (Foreign diplomas are ok.).  Proof of either GED/HiSET or High School Diploma will be required if students take a certification exam and for employment in many locations, as well as live scans. Students should also complete the Hepatitis B series of inoculations.
  • To work in the field, you must have the right-to-work in the U.S.
  • We recommend English Language Learners to score at an ESL Level 5 or higher.

If you have any questions about the requirements or any of the program, please contact our office (310) 533 - 4689 x8200 or Student Support Services.

Program Fees

Please review our catalog of classes for the most updated program fees. Please note that all health students are required to wear a school uniform with the school logo on it. The cost for each set is $25. Students will need to purchase student liability insurance for the duration of their program. The cost is $23. Under certain programs, students must also obtain a valid CPR card before their externship begins. A CPR class is offered in each program for $65. The instructor provides students with all necessary information on the first meeting of class.

Pharmacy Technician

Prepare to become an entry-level Pharmacy Technician by learning concepts of pharmacology, standards, ethics, pharmacy calculations, record keeping, and customer service. You will successfully complete the classroom portion of the course and then get hands-on experience while completing a 120-hour externship. Upon completion of all requirements, you will receive both an affidavit as proof of completion, as required by the state, and a TAS Certificate of Completion. Employers recommend keyboarding skills for all Pharmacy Technician students.

The textbook is required and will be available to purchase the first day of class. The cost of the textbooks are subject to the publisher's pricing. Scrubs are also required and are $25 each. They will be ordered the first day of class in the classroom. Information will be provided at the first class meeting.

Medical Billing & Coding

This is a comprehensive, outpatient billing and coding training program. Students will learn about the insurance industry, software, billing forms, CMS 1500 form, authorization, workers comprehensive, and disability forms. Students will acquire training for critical responsibility of accurately reporting and recording patient information for claims processing and collection for reimbursement. In addition, students will learn advanced coding and Medical Terminology & Anatomy of 20 systems, abstract clinical data from health records, and appropriate assignment of medical codes for billing purposes. These code sets are used for reimbursement, classification, planning, and research with ICD 9 cm and ICD 10 cm, CPT-4, and HCPCS coding systems.

After successfully completing the classroom portion, there will be a required 160 hour externship (unpaid) for hands-on training in a doctor's office, clinic or a billing company. After completing the externship, students will receive a certificate of completion from Torrance Adult School. Once these requirements have been completed, students will be eligible to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AACP).

Textbooks are included in the program fee and will be given out in class. Scrubs are required and are $25 each. They will be ordered the first day of class in the classroom. Information will be provided at the first class meeting.

Medical Assistant

For completion of the Medical Assistant course, you will need to complete a 20 week classroom program along with 160 hours of externship working in a medical office. The responsibilities of a Medical Assistant (MA) include: help physicians carry out procedures, care for patients, take histories, schedule appointments, perform simple lab tests, and administer medications. This course combines classroom/lab training and an electronic health records with an additional 160-hour externship for more hands-on practice at an outpatient facility.

Students will be required to complete an assumption of risk form, prepare a resume, interview, and may be required to complete a live scan and/or provide immunization records in order to qualify for some externship positions. CPR class will be given before completion of the classroom portion. Students who have medical or other issues that may affect their participation or require accommodations must notify the instructor and the Career Education office prior to registering for classes. Students must maintain a minimum attendance of 85% in order to meet the classroom attendance requirement. A class syllabus is provided to students at the first class session.

The textbook is required and will be available to purchase the first day of class. The cost of the textbooks are subject to the publisher's pricing. Scrubs are also required and are $25 each. They will be ordered the first day of class in the classroom. Information will be provided at the first class meeting.