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Medical Assistant

Do you want to play a critical role in assisting physicians and other healthcare professionals? If you are interested in one of the most in-demand careers in our region’s largest industry, our medical assistant program might be for you.

Medical assistants provide a broad range of administrative and clinical duties. In this program, you will learn about scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, medical transcription and managing practice finances. You will also get intense, hands-on training to perform clinical duties, including taking vital signs and patient histories, managing infection control, assisting with examinations and treatments, collecting specimens and performing diagnostic tests.

In the last quarter, you will get real experience in a clinical externship in a medical office. Medical assistants work in private practices, clinics, hospitals, medical labs and retirement communities.

Detailed Information

The Spokane Community College Medical Assistant Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Spokane Community College Medical Assistant Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
 
CAAHEP
9355-113th St. N. #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350
 

To prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), and psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Prepare for College-level Math

Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH 87, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 48 → MATH 87

Prepare for College-level English

English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into:
AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Admission Requirements Credits: 15

Total Program Credits: 69

Admission Requirements

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
CIS 110
Introduction to Computer Applications   1
5
ENGL&101
English Composition I  
5
MATH 87
Algebra for Math Literacy I   2
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses


Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HED 108
Human Anatomy  
5
MA 101
Administrative Medical Assistant I  
5
MA 102
Clinical Medical Assistant I  
3
MA 107
Basic Medical Assisting  
3
Total Credits
 
16
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HED 125
Medical Terminology  
5
MA 111
Administrative Medical Assistant II  
3
MA 112
Clinical Medical Assistant II - A  
3
MA 113
Clinical Medical Assistant II - B  
2
PHARM115
Mathematics for Pharmacy Technicians  
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
HIM 120
Medical Assistant Coding and Reimbursement  
3
MA 121
Administrative Medical Assistant III  
2
MA 122
Clinical Medical Assistant III - A  
2
MA 123
Clinical Medical Assistant III - B  
3
MA 125
Ambulatory Care Setting Pharmacology  
5
MA 126
Introduction to Study of Disease  
5
Total Credits
 
20
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
MA 131
Administrative Medical Assistant IV  
3
MA 132
Clinical Medical Assistant IV - A  
3
MA 133
Clinical Medical Assistant IV - B  
2
MA 141
Medical Assistant Seminar  
1
MA 142
Medical Assistant Externship  
6
Total Credits
 
15
 
1 An equivalent course to CIS 110 is acceptable.
2 MATH 71 may be substituted for MATH 87. MATH 71 or 87 must be passed with a 2.0 or higher. Prior to Fall 2022, Math 87 or 91 with a 2.0 or higher is still required.
Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

MAERB Positive Job Placement Threshold: 60%
Year of Graduation Total Number of Graduates # of Grads who became Employed as Medical Assistant OR a Related Field # of Grads who continued with education in allied health OR went into military All other graduates who either didn’t get a job as a MA or in a related field, didn’t continue with their education or go into the military, or whose status is unknown Positive Placement Rate
2021 27 23 2 2 92.59%
2020 28 23 0 5 82.14%
2019 33 28 0 5 84.85%
2018 31 27 1 3 90.32%
Total 119 101 3 15 87.39%

Program start: Summer (on-campus/hybrid), Spring (online/hybrid)
Pre-requisites: Yes
Program length: 4 quarters
Number of students each start: 24 in Spring, 24 in Summer
Contact: Ryan Taylor at Ryan.Taylor@scc.spokane.edu or 509-533-8138
Applications deadline: N/A
Please note: Regarding COVID-19 concerns, the Medical Assistant Program is following strict guidelines and distancing requirements that allow both cohorts to be on campus for their required in-person laboratory hours, per accreditation requirements.

The Medical Assistant Program enrolls off of an interest list, which is updated every quarter. Interested candidates should meet with an Allied Health Counselor to make sure they have met the prerequisite requirements. After meeting with an Allied Health Counselor, contact the SCC Registration Office at scc.reg-office@scc.spokane.edu or 509-533-8860 to ensure they are appropriately added to this list for the upcoming cohort start for either spring or summer.

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Ryan Taylor

Program Director
Ryan.Taylor@scc.spokane.edu
509-533-8138

Shayla Clark

Enrollment/Registrar
Shayla.Clark@scc.spokane.edu
509-533-7013