Whether in a physician’s office, a clinic, or hospital-owned physician network, the Medical Assistant performs many services on the physician’s behalf. These may include admissions work, preparing the patient for examination or treatment, operating diagnostic equipment, and performing diagnostic procedures. The Medical Assistant is also responsible for the patient’s medical records and insurance forms as well as for scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records for the physician. A diploma will be issued upon successful completion of the program.
Upon completion of the Medical Assistant program, the student will possess the knowledge and skills required in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, the body systems, medical terminology, medical front office procedures, venipuncture, laboratory diagnostic procedures, EKG, and administration of parenteral medications to function successfully in an entry-level position as a Medical Assistant in a clinic or a physician’s office.
To prepare competent, entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
Students must be able to perform certain skills in order to work as a Medical Assistant. These skills are learned in the lab portion of the program. The program is divided into one-half lecture and theory and one-half lab. The lab portion involves the practical application of theory. The instructor evaluates every lab experiment or practical work. Hands-on instruction, using the actual tools of the trade, facilitates the transfer from theory to practice. Students will perform certain procedures on each other. All students must participate. All students must take and pass a clinical skills test before being released for externship.
Washington State Residents
Washington law (RCW 18.135 and Title 246-826) requires persons who wish to become employed as medical assistants in the State of Washington to achieve “certification” from the Department of Health as a condition of employment. To achieve certification requires the applicant to:
- Have a high school diploma or GED;
- Have the ability to read, write, and converse in the English language;
- Present a transcript from a postsecondary school documenting that he or she has been trained in certain stipulated subject areas; and
- Pay a required fee.
Classes are limited in size to a ratio of 26 students per instructor per laboratory session.
- To provide a learning atmosphere that is similar to an actual working atmosphere.
- To provide a clinical experience that correlates with classroom instruction.
- To instill in the student a sense of professionalism in behavior, attitude, and dress.
*These courses are offered online.
**A portion of these courses are offered online.