Medical Assisting

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This program is no longer accepting new students.
Please see Seattle Central's Medical Assistant program which is accepting new students.

Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

AMA 117  and CMA 104 are full for the summer quarter. Please contact the program coordinator Francie Mooney, CMA (AAMA) for codes for fall quarter 2020.  francie.mooney@seattlecolleges.edu

Earn your Medical Assisting Certificate or Medical Office Administration Certificate in one year with our program.

Medical Assisting Information Sessions

  • TBA

Medical Assisting Program Career Preparation

  1. Exam participation 100% for 2017 graduates
  2. 76.9% pass rate for 2017 graduates
  3. 68% job placement for 2018 graduates

The Medical Assisting Certificate program is six to eight quarters long and is comprised of 86 credits, including an externship component. You can choose related certificate options such as Medical Office Administration or Clinical Lab Assistant along the way, or opt to earn additional general education credits to receive an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health Services. 

North’s fully accredited, Medical Assisting certificate program offers a great experience and the education to become a certified medical assistant in Washington state.

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. There is even a component on X-rays.

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.

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).

North Seattle College's Medical Assisting program meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in the State of Washington only. North Seattle College has not determined if the medical assisting curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in any other state.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.