Development Programs

In addition to individual training classes, UC Davis Health offers programs that assist in developing internal talent for the next generation of UC Davis Health, health worker professionals and leaders.

The Administrative Assistant Academy (AAA) is intended for employees, who are interested in transitioning into an administrative assistant role or improving their current skill set. The AAA is designed to develop key areas of administrative skills:

  • Communication skills to foster collaborative working relationships
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and goal setting skills to increase workplace effectiveness
  • Set core competencies in reading and writing to close skills gaps in comprehension, grammar, and business   writing
  • Provide an understanding of the "UC Davis Health office technology baseline.”

Participants must attend all 9 instructor led sessions in this program, and complete all 9 eCourses to receive the Administrative Assistant Academy Program Certificate. Those who score 80 percent or above on the exit-assessment will also receive a Knowledge Mastery Certificate.

The 2018 application period is closed.  Please click INTEREST to be notified of the next Administrative Assistant Academy.

Since 2006, UC Davis Health has been offering School at Work (SAW) as it is known across US healthcare as the model for training and the career development of healthcare associates. SAW sharpens key behavioral skills to optimize an employee's performance in their current role and puts them on a healthcare career path. This program is ideal for entry-level, non-probationary Career employees interested in advancing within a healthcare environment. Selected employees complete a six-month program which combines mandatory classroom instruction and self-study with a coaching component.

SAW is a comprehensive program that strengthens communication, grammar, reading, and writing skills. It also provides employees with ownership for the HCAHPS rating and introduces them to medical terminology. Employees will gain skills necessary to improve in their current position, develop a personalized career plan, seek technical school or job advancement, and build their confidence to realize a healthcare career.

To successfully graduate, participants must complete the full six-month program. The program consists of weekly class sessions (2.5 hours per week) where participants are led by a coach-facilitator through interactive exercises, discussions and computer based course work. Participants also invest an additional two hours per week of self-study during non-working hours.

  • The 2018 session begins the week of July 7 and will conclude the week of December 19, with classes held once a week from 9a – 1130a; graduation to be held on January 9.
  • The 2018 application period is now closed.  Please return on Monday, May 7 for an application.

This fast paced program combines both the Language of Medicine (LOM) and Step-by-Step (SBS) Medical Coding in a blending learning format of classroom, online, and distance learning. Since a basic overview of medical terminology is important to many career fields within the healthcare industry and is essential to the medical abstractor, this program will explore the basic elements of medical terminology; prefixes, roots, and suffixes which form many medical terms.

In addition, participants in this program will study the coding rules for the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS Level II (HCPCS) coding systems, and then apply the rules to code patient services.

A variety of payment systems is also explored in this program. The medical topics of Medicare fraud, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) are also reviewed.

  • Currently, we are not accepting applications for this program.  To be added to our Interest List, please contact Training and Development via email at

The UC Davis Health Coro Leadership Academy is an experiential leadership development program designated for employees classified as Supervisors or above. Candidates for the program should demonstrate the following characteristics and experience:

  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Strong personal initiative
  • Supervisory and leadership potential
  • Ability to work well within a diverse group

Candidates must commit to attend all eight mandatory bi-weekly sessions.  These eight bi-weekly sessions are held from 10a – 5p, unless otherwise noted. Please refer to the 2018 Coro Leadership Academy Application for dates and times.

Outcomes from the Coro Leadership Academy include:

  • Enhanced leadership abilities particularly in the areas of interpersonal communication
  • Analysis of resources and systems
  • Effective facilitation of groups and understanding of group dynamics
  • Skills to initiate innovations across all levels of the University
  • Cohesive networks with other leaders at UC Davis Health

The 2018 application period is now closed.  To be added to our Interest List, please contact Training and Development via email at

What is UC Management Development Program?

The Management Development Program (MDP) is an investment in you as a manager. As a UC manager, you drive results that directly influence the success of the University of California and the communities we serve. MDP is here to support your efforts. You’ll connect with peers from across your individual location, share challenges and work together to find effective solutions.

MDP is a dynamic UC system wide training program that's designed to enhance and strengthen your leadership capabilities in the UC core competencies and ensure you have the skills, knowledge and resources to effectively lead, engage, and develop your team. The program consists of completing three modules focused around the UC Core Competencies of people management, employee engagement, influencing, and change management.

Additional information and how to apply is located at

"Investing Today in the Leaders of Tomorrow"

The Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) is designed to strengthen the engagement and preparation of high potential UC supervisors, managers, and professionals. It offers an intensive, off-site, assessment center experience for early career managers.

The program guides participants through a series of structured exercises observed by trained assessors who offer feedback about observed strengths and development areas. Subsequent, collaborative work after the program between the MSAP participant and his/her sponsoring manager fine tunes a professional development plan designed to optimize assessment feedback.

For more information about the program and how to apply go to