Medical Assisting AAS-T Degree
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AAS-T: Medical Assisting

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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.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS-T) Degree in Medical Assisting provides a more liberalized education than the certificate program and many employers view the AAS degree as a sign of increased competency and readiness for career or salary advancement.

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.

In addition to the various fees charged by the college, students will have additional expenses, such as lab fees, scrubs and accessories, physical examination costs, program costs such as background checks, a $35.00 application fee and an immunization registry that is online.  

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 AAS-T Degree Prerequisites: Medical Terminology (By body systems only allowed)

Direct Transfer: To the Bachelor in Applied Science in Allied Health Healthcare Services Management Track at Seattle Central College.

Entrance Requirements: A minimum of one (1) year full-time healthcare work experience (or the equivalent) within the last five (5) years; An associate’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 overall GPA; Acceptable degrees include the following: AAS-T or AAS degree in an allied health field or an approved business field, AA, AS, AB, BA, or BS degree; Completion of ENGL& 101 with at least a 2.0; Math eligibility demonstrated in one of the following ways: Completion of MATH& 146 or another approved statistics class with a grade of at least 2.0 in the past five (5) years, or current eligibility for MATH& 146 or MATH 136.

GPA Requirement: All CMA courses and prerequisites require a 2.4 or higher to pass. General Education courses require a 2.0

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


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)

Course Number

General  Education/Related Instruction Requirements for AAS Degree (credits)

Credit Hours

Human Relations

Choose one of the following: BUS 236 preferred, HUM 105, ISP 101, ISP 105, ISP 110, POLS 112, SOC&101


US Cultures/ Global Studies Elective

Five credits selected from a list of approved US Cultures or Global Studies courses



Five credits selected from a list of approved Qualitative and Symbolic Reasoning courses. Math 107 recommended



Five credits selected from a list of approved Communications courses. English 101 OK


Natural World

Five credits selected from a list of approved Natural World courses. Nutrition or Chemistry recommended. Biology or Chemistry are required for the BAS in Allied Health at Seattle Central. Check their course requirements if transferring.



Any electives to total 90 needed credits for a degree.

 (prerequisites may count as electives)

The BAS in Allied Health at Seattle Central has required courses that should be used as electives:

ENGL& 102, Humanities (VLPA) course*, Natural science (NW) course, Social Science (ICS) courses. Check their course requirements if transferring.


Degree Total Credits: 90
(excluding pre-requisites)

*No more than 15 credits of studio/performance VLPA credits will count toward the BAS degree.
Total Credits -- Minimum

1st quarter:     CMA 101              Introduction to Medical Assisting                                         5

CMA 102              Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting             4

CMA 103              Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting                        8

2nd quarter:   CMA 104              Billing and Coding Procedures                                            5

CMA 105              Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures                            8

3rd quarter:    CMA 106              Procedure Review Lab                                                       7

CMA 107              Medication Administration and Pharmacology                   8

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

5th and 6th quarters: all above General Education Requirements and electives if any. 


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 was $36,196 per year, $18.85 hour in 2019.

Employment trends: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby boom population will continue to spur demand for preventative medical services, which are often provided by physcians. 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

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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).

Employment trends: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2022, 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.


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