This program prepares students to work as Medical Assistants. Learn clinical skills and diagnostic procedures, legal standards appropriate to the field, and administrative and financial tasks. Students complete 85 credits, resulting in a Medical Assisting Certificate. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants’ Endowment (CRB-AAMAE).
Estimated Length of Completion
|Certificate||Full Time: 7
Part Time: 12
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
This course covers the terminology surrounding anatomy, physiology, pathology, tests, and treatments by body systems. The student will learn basic medical word structure and language. An overview of the body including cavities and regions, anatomical planes and directional terms, divisions of the spine, and individual body systems. Spelling, pronunciation, and listening are practiced. Open to all students in healthcare professions. This class is open to all students who are planning togo into the Medical Assisting program, BioMed, NAC and Nursing.
- 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
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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
- Resident Cost : $6,614.85
- NonResident Cost : $7,482.39
- International Student Cost : $17,049.84
Equipment Fee associated with this program
- Scrubs : Please contact (206) 934-3658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on equipment fees in this program.
- Stethoscope : Please contact (206) 934-3658 or email email@example.com for information on equipment fees in this program.
- Walking/running shoes : Please contact (206) 934-3658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on equipment fees in this program.
- Watch with a second hand : Please contact (206) 934-3658 or email email@example.com for information on equipment fees in this program.
- Name tag : Please contact (206) 934-3658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on equipment fees in this program.
Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.
- Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.
- Hybrid courses provide students with the scheduling flexibility of fewer campus visits while covering the same materials as an equivalent class held entirely on campus. Hybrid classes usually have at least one on-campus meeting per week combined with a "virtual classroom" with online content, lessons and activities.
- Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Introduction to Medical Assisting
A history and overview of medical practices and the healthcare team, certification and professional organizations. Effective communication related to communication in healthcare is addressed; includes cultural perspectives on illness. This course introduces the student to legal and ethical concepts related to ambulatory healthcare. Emphasizes critical thinking, HIV/AIDS education, and emergency preparedness. Instructor Permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**
Fundamentals of Administrative Medical Assisting
Provides students with opportunities to acquire knowledge of the medical front office focusing on skills and techniques required for the clinical and administrative functions of a medical assistant in an ambulatory care setting. Covers the office environment as well as computer medical application, telephone techniques, professional correspondence, and medical records management relative to electronic health records. Prereq: Instructor's permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**
Fundamentals of Clinical Medical Assisting
Students learn medical assisting theory and how to apply it to medical assisting clinical practice. Clinical practice will include, but not be limited to, vital signs, equipment sterilization, diagnostic procedures, and role responsibilities when assisting physicians with their work. Medical device knowledge will include wheelchairs, crutches, nebulizers, and audiometry. Communication, documentation, and patient education topics are also discussed. Instructor permission required.
Billing and Coding Procedures
Covers insurance & the electronic billing processes, financial accounting aspects of medical practices, and health insurance & numeric/alphanumeric codes utilized in healthcare for the purpose of maintaining accurate medical records & ensuring efficient claims processes. Provides students with opportunities to apply their knowledge within a simulated medical office setting. Emphasizes various types of health insurance, billing, & bookkeeping. Prereq: Instructor's permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**
Phlebotomy and Laboratory Procedures
Provides students with a professional environment within a simulated clinic setting focused on invasive procedures. Students are introduced to phlebotomy, CLIA waived tests theories, procedures and values, specimen handling and transport, safe clinical practices, and effective medical record documentation and practical application of skills as related to the medical assistant in a healthcare provider environment. Prereq: Instructor's permission.
Administrative and Clinical Practice/Review
This course will be a full quarter of review of all administrative and clinical procedures. Students will practice as if they were in an actual medical clinic. This course will be mostly hands-on with minimal lecture. Prereq: Instructor's permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**.
Medication Administration & Pharmacology
The student will learn theory and practical procedures in calculating medication dosages and administering medications. Theory includes legal and ethical factors, the medication order or prescription, dosages, drug labels, calculating dosages, the seven rights of drug administration, and various routes to deliver medications. These routes include practice in oral medications, various parenteral routes - injections intradermal, subcutaneously and intramuscularly. Prereq: Instructor's permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**
Medical Assisting Practicum
Students will acquire study skills for the national CMA exam, then participate in an unpaid practicum (externship) of 90-180 hours in a medical clinic. Students will also apply for CMA exam, MA-C WA State License and graduation. Prereq: Instructor's permission. **CMA classes for Medical Assisting Students Only**.