Personal Wellness and Health Professions, Certificate of Training

While providing an overview of the many factors that affect personal wellness, this certificate starts novice college students on a path to a variety of health careers through common foundational concepts, including computer skills, study skills, anatomy, and medical language, as well as hands-on instruction in basic clinical tasks. Successful completion of this Certificate of Training equates to the first of three semesters in the Medical Assisting program at MPC. Credits may also apply toward an Associate degree in Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Accurately and efficiently perform MS Office functions as applicable to school and work.
  • Employ successful study habits.
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal states of health.
  • Identify and describe factors of personal, family, and community wellness.
  • Efficiently communicate with patients and members of the healthcare team.
  • Describe the basic human anatomy and physiology of each body system, as well as common pathology and treatments.
  • Accurately use medical terminology relating to each body system, pathology, and treatments.
  • Accurately obtain and record patient information and metrics.
  • Apply appropriate infection control measures.
  • Describe the roles and legal parameters of common health care professions.

Certificate of Training Requirements

Required Core
CSIS 50MS Office Applications2
CSIS 50LMS Office Applications Lab1
MEDA 100Introduction to Health Careers1
MEDA 105Medical Terminology4
MEDA 120Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques I3
COUN 50Making College Count3
Select one course from the following:2-3
Healthy Living
Fitness Anatomy and Kinesiology
Health Psychology
Total Units16-17

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
COUN 50 Making College Count 3
& CSIS 50L
MS Office Applications
and MS Office Applications Lab
MEDA 100 Introduction to Health Careers 1
Select one course from the following: 2-3
Healthy Living
or Nutrition
or Fitness Anatomy and Kinesiology
or Health Psychology
MEDA 105 Medical Terminology 4
MEDA 120 Medical Assisting Clinical Techniques I 3
 Total Units16-17

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.