Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians and other health practitioners running smoothly. Medical Assistants work directly with patients to ensure that patients receive the care they need while providing health professionals with vital patient information. As an essential part of the healthcare team, a medical assistant is responsible for obtaining general health data and performing a variety of back and front office duties.
The Medical Assitant Program consists of three educational areas: Administrative, Clinical, Theory, and Extrenship. The components include medical office administrative tasks, compliance, patient rights, communication, and application of critical thinking. The theory and clinical classes focus on a variety of diagnostic tests using equipment, study of anatomy, and patient procedures in the medical setting.
A career as a medical assistant includes:
- Assisting doctors and nurses during exams
- Recording patients’ medical histories
- Filing patient records
- Providing general care for patients
- Explaining treatment procedures to patients
Upon successful completion of the practicum experience, students will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible for the national examination.
- 18 yrs. or older by the first day of class
- High school diploma/GED
- Must pass a background check prior to the clinical experience. A criminal record does not immediately disqualify you from Medical Assistant training but may interfere and limit the clinical placement and future job opportunities.
- Non-refundable enrollment fee of $ 150 due at the time of enrollment
- Upon request from the clinical site:
- Copy of immunizations (Documentation of two MMRs or positive titers; Series of three Hepatitis B, or titer indicating immunity, or a signed waiver; current tetanus or Tdap; Varicella status: positive history, vaccination or titer indicating immunity. If negative history – immunization is strongly recommended)
- Negative TB test
Clinical Practicum: 200
Total Clock Hours: 761.5
- Sherpath for Medical Assisting (Bonewit: Today’s Medical Assistant Version), 4th Edition
- SimChart for the Medical Office, 1st Edition
- HESI Exams
This course uses a combination of in-person and online lecture with discussion and feedback, textbooks, workbooks, supplemental handouts, group and peer discussion, instructor-led laboratory/clinical exercises, multi-media materials, PowerPoint presentations, and guest speakers. Although every attempt will be made by the instructor to cover assigned material in class, the student is responsible for all materials listed in the syllabus.
- The required course completion consists of hours of classroom, online, lab, and externship
- Demonstration of your comprehension of the classroom instruction by passing course quizzes and exams with a minimum of 80% average of the questions answered
- 80% pass rate on all HESI Exams
- completion of externship
- Tuition: $8937
- Includes class tuition, non-refundable enrollment fee ($150), badge & liability insurance.
- Textbooks: $354.00
- HESI Exams: $159
- Background Check: $15
- Scrubs: $35
- CPR: $50.00 (if needed)
- Entrance Exam (if unable to provide English competency): $15
**PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE**
*Pay the Deposit to Secure Your Seat and Notify the School *
Other additional costs:
***Students will be responsible for the following other costs***
- 2-step TB test for admittance: Variable
- Vaccinations: Variable
- Drug screen: Variable
- MA National Exam: $155
- Washington License: $145
On successful completion of the program, a Certification of Completion will be given to the student along with a copy of his/her transcript. Directives will also be provided on the process for applying for the standards of practice and competencies of Medication Assistant Certified and are consistent with curriculum requirements of WAC 246-841-586 through WAC 246-841-595 and WAC 246-841-610. The competencies per RCW 18.88A.082 are also met.