Healthcare Education

Our Healthcare programs offer certifications and hands-on training in high demand health and medical careers.
Clinical Medical Assistant
Students will train to assist the physician in providing quality patient care. Students will learn to obtain patient vital signs, assist with minor medical procedures, perform simple laboratory tests, give injections, perform venipuncture (phlebotomy), administer medications and more. The Program can prepare you to take the national certification exam for a Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).
Dispensing Optician Course
Cañada College Continuing Education and San Mateo Adult & Career Education School have collaborated to offer this Dispensing Opticians Certificate Program taught by licensed instructor Lynnette Garcia and Jeramie Tolentino. The Dispensing Opticians Training Program offers students the foundational work to not only begin a career in optical, but to also acquire ABO board certification, leading to better pay and more opportunity for career advancement in the optical industry.
Intro to Medical Terminology
This course will introduce students to the principles of medical terminology and healthcare communication and is designed to integrate literacy workforce preparation and workforce training. This course is an excellent way to explore the medical field.
Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Topics covered include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical billing functions, insurance guidelines and compliance training, legal and ethical issues, and basic diagnostic and procedural coding: ICD, CPT AND HCPCS as required by our healthcare system. Learn how to work with healthcare professional to determine care services and manage claim processing.
Pharmacy Technician
The health industry has a high demand for Pharmacy Technicians. This comprehensive course will prepare you to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam, plus students get hands-on training both in the classroom and during externship.
Phlebotomy
The Phlebotomy Technician program is designed to help you acquire the practical knowledge and the specialized skill you will need to draw blood from patients as an entry-level phlebotomist. No previous medical experience is required.
Dental Rover: Sterilization Technician
Dental Rovers are an integral part of every dental team as they support dentists and Registered Dental Assistants to increase the efficiency of the dental office. The Dental Assistant Rover’s primary responsibility is to prepare the examination rooms for appointments by sterilizing instruments and ensuring all necessary equipment is ready for the dentist. Cañada Community College and San Mateo Adult & Career Education School have collaborated to offer this program

Students who want to register for career education classes must have a 10th grade reading level to be eligible. An assessment and interview with the Career Education Coordinator may be required to determine eligibility. Contact SMAS_CTEinfo@smuhsd.org for more information.

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