The goal of this program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Through a series of specialized coursework, laboratory work, and practical field experience, students acquire the competencies and standards of proficiency that are required for certification by the National Healthcare Association. The program provides a broad base of information that allows graduates to successfully continue their education in a related medical field.
Medical assistants perform administrative tasks which include updating and filing patients’ medical records and filling out insurance forms. Medical Assistants perform tasks such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and handling billing and insurance reimbursement.
Medical assistants perform clinical duties. Some common tasks include: taking medical histories and recording vital signs, preparing patients for examinations and assisting physicians during examinations. Medical Assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens, perform basic laboratory tests, dispose of contaminated supplies and sterilize medical instruments. Medical assistants can arrange examining room instruments/equipment and purchase/maintain supplies and equipment.
- 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: 180
Total Clock Hours: 720
- Today’s Medical Assistant Version), 4th Edition
- NHA Study Guide and Practice Exams
- Lab Supplies
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 70% average of the questions answered
- Completion of externship
It is the responsibility of the student to secure and maintain access to required technology resources, including an internet connection, when taking a Sparrow Healthcare Education online or hybrid course.
An internet connection is necessary to participate in discussions and assignments, read emails, access course resources, and receive feedback from your instructor. A broadband internet connection with download and upload speeds greater than 25 Mbps is recommended.
A desktop or laptop computer is recommended for the best experience, some functionality is not compatible with phones or tablets.
Most courses include video lectures, instructional videos, etc. In order to access the audio portion of these videos it will require integrated or connected speakers.
Students enrolling in online or hybrid courses are expected to have a basic working knowledge of computers, internet use, and word processing.
All Sparrow Healthcare Education courses use the Moodle learning management system as the official platform for online instruction. A Moodle student app is available for Android and iOS.
- Tuition: $8937
- Includes class tuition, non-refundable enrollment fee ($150), badge & liability insurance.
- Textbooks/Study Materials: $303.00
- NHA Exam: $160
- Background Check: $15
- Scrubs: $35
- CPR: $50.00
**PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE**
*Pay the Deposit to Secure Your Seat*
Other additional costs:
***Students will be responsible for the following other costs***
- 2-step TB test for admittance: Variable
- Vaccinations: Variable
- Drug screen: Variable
- 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.