Medical Programs

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation - CPR Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

(One day Saturday class) This CPR with Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training course is for those who are healthcare providers or who intend to enter the healthcare profession. This class is a prerequisite to a number of medical programs at the school. Course content includes Adult, Child and Infant CPR as well as AED use. This course is not a substitute for AED training that you would receive at a place where you volunteer or work; however, it is a good introduction.Prerequisite: read, speak and write English.

All AHA courses are subject to cancellation one week prior to the class if minimum enrollment is not met.

Nurse Assistant (CNA)

 Classroom instruction and clinical training include resident care skills, vital signs, nutrition, emergency procedures and rehabilitation. Eligible students take the state competency exam for certification. Prerequisites: 18 years or older; speak, read, write English at 9th grade level. Students will be given a basic skills test in reading comprehension skills. A physical exam is required, at the student’s expense, after registration into the program. Potential students must sign a disclaimer regarding a conviction clearance and the Board’s ID/Social Security number requirement. The form is available in the Counseling Office. Contact the Counseling Office at 805-579-6200 ext. 1615 for more information. Valid, current photo ID (any one of the following): driver’s license, state ID card, passport (U.S. or foreign) U.S. military ID card; Alien Registration card. Social Security card or official printout from the Social Security Administration also required. The names on these documents must match and be the originals.

Electrocardiography Technician 

Spring Semester Class Only. A course for those desiring to enter the medical field or for medical personnel to increase their skills. ECG technicians are employed in doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals. They provide critical information to physicians about patient’s heart health by preparing patients for procedures, operating machines, recording, measuring heart rates, rhythms, including arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Vital signs, medical terms, anatomy, physiology included. Students who successfully complete course are eligible to take the ECG Technician National Certification Exam given at the adult school. Prerequisites: 18 years or older; speak, read, write English. Medical Terminology recommended.

Emergency Medical Technician

EMT Basic (standard schedule), EMT Accelerated, EMT Refresher and EMT Skills

Upon successful completion of coursework and final examinations, students will receive an EMT-1 Course Completion Certificate from SVAS and will be eligible to take the computerized National Registry Exam to be a California EMT-1. Must be 18 years old or older with valid CPR card: “CPR for the Health Care Provider”card from the American Heart Association, or “CPR for the Professional Rescuer”card from the American Red Cross. A CPR class will be offered for”Basic” students for those who need to obtain one.

Accelerated: Students in the Accelerated class must have a CPR card prior to the first class session

Live Scan (fingerprinting) and current immunizations are required prior to clinical experience.

Emergency Medical Technician Basic Refresher 

This three day class meets the 24 hour classroom refresher requirement and the skills refresher requirement for the State of California and its Counties as well as portions of the National Registry’s re-registration requirements for Emergency Medical Technician Basics. There may be additional requirements to be eligible for re-certification or to re-register if your certification has lapsed depending on the County and State of your certification. Note: Skills completion certificates are only
valid for 12 months or as allowed by the ruling regulatory agency or authority. All students must bring a copy of their current or most recent EMT certification card and a current Healthcare providers level CPR card to the class for the instructor.

Home Health Aide

Must hold a current Nurse Assistant certification. Provides 26 Continuing Education Units for Certified Nurse Assistants. The required information necessary to meet the Department of Health Services mandated content for the Certified Home Health Aide is provided in this course. Upon successful course completion, a list of all candidates eligible for HHA certification is submitted to the Department of Health Services-Home Health Aide Certification Section.

Medical Assistant/Front and Back Office

 Course prepares students to work in medical offices and clinics and emphasizes clinical skills including vital signs, diagnostic testing (venipuncture, urinalysis, ECG, injections, etc.), therapeutic interventions, elementary instruction in medical insurance billing and coding, as well as medical office administration and management. HIPAA, CLIA, OSHA, Dept. of Health and Human Services statutes are taught. Course emphasizes medical terminology. A 160 hour externship is available for those who qualify. Students who successfully complete the course are eligible to take the optional NCCT/Medical Assistant National Certification Exam given at the adult school. Prerequisites: 18 years or older and must speak, read, write English at the 12th grade level (a reading comprehension exam may be given at the first class meeting).

A U.S. high school diploma or equivalency is required for optional National Certification. A physical exam that includes extensive lab work (proof of Hepatitus B, tdap immunizations, and proof of negative TB Test) is required, at the student’s expense, and is due by the third week of class

Medical Insurance Billing/Insurance Clerk

 Covers patient advocacy, ethics, current medico-legal issues (such as HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act), analysis of various types of documentation and the medical record, diagnostic (ICD-10-CM) and procedure (CPT/HCPCS) coding, basic commercial and government health-plan benefit structures and coverage requirements, types of managed care systems, completion of CMS-1500 claim form, ledger transactions, insurance communications, tracking reimbursement, appeals process. Includes an introduction to computerized medical billing/accounting with MediSoft. This is an accelerated Medical Insurance Billing course which requires weekly homework and regular attendance. Enrollment in Medical Terminology is strongly advised.

Prerequisites: 18 years or older; speak, read, write English at the 11th grade US high school level. Click here to learn more about NCCT Testing

Medical Terminology

Learn the language of medicine applicable to all health care occupations, including basic medical word roots, combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations, pronunciation. Course includes non-technical explanations and provides students with a working knowledge of terms used in anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical procedures, laboratory tests. Prerequisites: 18 years or older; speak, read, write English at the 11th grade US high school level.

Pharmacy Technician

Semester class meets State Board requirements for Registered Pharmacy Technician Licensure. Study basic principles of pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, functions and duties of a pharmacy technician in both a retail and hospital pharmacy. Course includes hands-on training and experience in making

I.V. solutions, piggybacks and aseptic techniques. A computer lab is utilized by students to input outpatient/inpatient data. Preparation for national certification exam is included. Prerequisites: 18 years or older; U.S. high school graduate or GED (English version) Students must show proof of graduation or GED by the end of the class, pre-algebra math skills; speak, read, write English, 9th grade reading level recommended.

Phlebotomy Program - Basic, Advanced & Externship

 California Department of Health Services, Division of Laboratory Science, approved program to train students to work in laboratories, doctors’ offices, and other health care facilities. Students must successfully complete the on-campus Basic Phlebotomy to be permitted to attend the Advanced Phlebotomy portion of the program, then proceed to a 1- 2 week unpaid externship. Students successfully completing the Phlebotomy Program (basic, advanced, and externship), receive completion certificates. To complete the certification process, students take a national exam and apply for State Licensing. Students should be aware that blood withdrawal techniques are practiced on classmates throughout this course. Prerequisites: 18 years or older, speak, read, write English at 12th grade US high school level. Students must provide the following documentation to the State of California to be licensed: Proof of high school graduation (from a U.S. high school) through transcripts or GED (English version), physical exam, including Hepatitis B immunization series.

Additional Consecutive 1-2 week Externship Required –(externship may not directly follow classroom end dates due to clinical site availability)

Physical Therapy Aide

Physical Therapy Aide: Our program provides the instruction and skills necessary for students to become physical therapy aides. Coursework includes fundamental principles of anatomy, physiology, psychology, medical terminology, therapeutic exercise, and modalities with a heavy emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. Additional topics include basic massage and front office skills. Students may be required to spend some class time observing in various physical therapy or chiropractic settings as an introduction to the field. Prerequisites: 18 years or older; speak, read, write English; good physical condition.

Respiratory Therapy Program

Nationally accredited by CoARC and conducted by consortium with Excelsior College, this associate degree RT program begins each June.  A non-refundable application fee of $100 must be paid in cash, money order, or cashier’s check--no personal checks or credit/debit cards will be accepted. Additional hours may be required beyond the time frame to fulfill program requirements. For more information please check our website or call the Counseling Office at (805)579-6200 x 1615.

The Respiratory Therapy Program of Simi Valley Adult School & Career Institute / Excelsior College Consortium, with CoARC number 200586, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road  |  Bedford, TX  76102  |  
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Surgical Technologist

Program prepares students to function within the sterile environment of the operating room assisting surgeons during surgical procedures. The surgical technology field requires physical stamina, manual dexterity, the ability to maintain good working relationships with patience and tact, and the ability to work well in high-stress situations. Intensive study program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, pharmacology, principles of asepsis and universal precaution techniques, surgical procedures, patient care and clinical experience in area hospitals. Employment opportunities include acute care hospitals, outpatient surgery centers and physician’s offices.

A non-refundable application fee of $100 must be paid in cash, money order, or cashier’s check--no personal checks or credit/debit cards will be accepted.A physical exam that includes extensive lab work is required, at the student’s expense, after acceptance into the program. Proof of Hepatitis B immunization also required. A current background check (90 days or newer) will be required before starting clinical at the student’s expense.