Medical Assisting Program Career Preparation
Five Year Averaged Statistics
1. National Exam CMA (AAMA) pass rate 95.95%
2. Student Retention Rate 76.4%
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.
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.
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.
Medical Office Administration – Learn office management, scheduling and more with our Office Administration certificate.
Clinical Lab Assisting - Train to work in a physician's office lab (not hospital), to perform venipuncture and other specimen collections, process specimens and perform CLIA waived tests. If you want to work in a hospital lab, you can take the Phlebotomy Certificate program.
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).