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 6 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.

HR Bulletin and AAA Application (PDF)

This application process is now open through February 12, 2017.

You may submit your completed applications via email to, interoffice mail, or in person to the T&D Office, Ticon lll.

For more information please review this HR Bulletin and AAA Application, or contact Judyth Isaman, Sr. Training Analyst, at 916-734-2542 or

This program is ideal for entry-level career, non-probationary 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. In addition to traditional workplace subjects (such as workplace communication), healthcare-specific courses such as medical terminology and patient safety are also highlighted.

To successfully graduate, selected employees 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.

  • This year’s session will meet on Thursday morning from 9a – 1130a, beginning July 6 through December 21; Graduation to be held on January 4.
  • The 2017 application period is now open through June 4:  School At Work 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. The MCAP program and materials costs, and certification fees will be covered by UC Davis Health.

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.

Upon successful completion of the twelve (12) month program beginning in January 2017, participants will  receive a certificate of completion from UC Davis Health, and be prepared to take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Certified Coding Professional (CPC) exam.

This application process is now closed for 2016.

This program is designated for employees classified at the PSS Grade IV level 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

The program consists of eight mandatory bi-weekly sessions and concludes with a graduation ceremony. Candidates must commit to attend all sessions. Outcomes from this program include:
• Enhanced leadership abilities particularly in the areas of interpersonal communication; analysis of resources and systems; and group dynamics
• Skills to initiate innovations across all levels of the University
• Cohesive networks with other leaders at UC Davis Health

Interested eligible career employees may submit their Participant Application, Supervisor’s Statement of Support, and resume now through November 30, 2016.
Participant Application (pdf)
Supervisor’s Statement of Support(pdf)
•Resume or Work History

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