Medical Assisting

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Medical Assisting

Certificate

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

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time: 7
Part Time: 12
57.0

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

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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.

AMA 117 5.0
  • 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

Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Washington State Medical Assistant-Certified License

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

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.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $6,614.85
  • NonResident Cost : $7,482.39
  • International Student Cost : $17,049.84

Equipment Fee associated with 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.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Online
  • Coursework is generally completed over the internet, within a quarterly timeframe, contact with instructor via email. Some courses may require limited on-campus visits.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Hybrid
  • 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.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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**

CMA 101 5.0

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**

CMA 102 4.0

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.

CMA 103 8.0

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**

CMA 104 5.0

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.

CMA 105 8.0

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**.

CMA 106 7.0

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**

CMA 107 8.0

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**.

CMA 108 12.0