Medical Assisting Certificate

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Labs Simulate the Workplace: You’ll draw blood, perform basic lab tests on blood and urine, use microscopes to visualize cells and tissues, and perform standard lab procedures on each other. We teach you medication administration, vital signs and EKGs. Our curriculum includes the study of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, record keeping, accounting, insurance processing, office skills, lab techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, medical administration, first aid, ethics, and patient relations.

Externships at Leading Community Clinics: Supervised clinical experience is an integral part of your training. We have affiliation agreements with local leading clinics such as the University of Washington Medical Clinics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Harborview, Swedish Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Planned Parenthood, Swedish Physicians Network, the Poly Clinic, the Everett Clinic and at many smaller clinics. Externships often evolve into job opportunities for graduates.

Learning Outcomes
  • • Prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  • • Communicate effectively in a medical office setting
  • • Identify and maintain legal standards appropriate for the field
  • • Function as a health care advocate and patient educator as appropriate
  • • Perform appropriate operational functions of medical assisting
  • • Perform clinical skills and follow diagnostic procedures effectively
  • • Perform appropriate administrative and finance tasks effectively

Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Course in this degree with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Medical Assisting Certificate Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and computer skills. See below

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement. See Program Director for more information.


                                                                                                Program Requirements

Course Number

Prerequisite Courses


BCT 111 or BUS 169 or instructor permission

“Computer Skills”



AMA 117

Medical Terminology


Course Number

Certificate Requirements (credits)


CMA 101

Introduction to Medical Assisting


CMA 102

Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting


CMA 103

Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting


CMA 104

Billing and Coding Procedures


CMA 105

Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures


CMA 106

Administrative and Clinical Practice Review Lab


CMA 107

Medication Administration and Pharmacology


CMA 108

Medical Assisting Practicum (Externship)


                                                                                                Certificate Total Credits:          57
                                                                                (excluding pre-requisites)

Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal.  Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter:         CMA 101              Introduction to Medical Assisting                                             5

                             CMA 102              Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting                 4

                             CMA 103              Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting                            6

2nd quarter:       CMA 104              Billing and Coding Procedures                                                5

                             CMA 105              Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures                                10

3rd quarter:        CMA 106              Procedure Review Lab (Dr. Mooney’s Clinic)                          7

                             CMA 107              Medication Administration and Pharmacology                        8

4th quarter:        CMA 108              Medical Assisting Practicum (Externship)                              12


What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • • Greet and login in patients arriving at office/clinic
  • • Interview and record patients’ medical history, vital signs, weight, height and other health information in medical records, i.e. written or electronic forms
  • • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean
  • • Prepare and administer medications as directed by physician
  • • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens and prepare them for testing
  • • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to the pharmacy
  • • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets or physicians’ instructions to patients
  • • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies in accordance with standards
  • • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures
  • • Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission
  • • Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment
  • • Operate X-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests
  • • Change dressings on wounds
  • • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • • Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients
  • • Schedule appointments for patients
  • • Perform general office duties such as answering telephones, completing insurance forms

Wages, employment trends and pathways:

Wages: Median annual wage in Washington State is $18.75 per hour and $39,000 per year. The national Median is $15.61 per hour and $32,480 annual (2017).

Employment trends: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.  The growth of the aging baby boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.  As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Pathways: RN, Physician Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Program Contact: Francie Mooney, Medical Assisting Program Director North Seattle College

Advising Office: Tom Frankel, Advising North Seattle College                          

Program Website:

Accreditation Information:

Medical Assisting is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).