Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistant Certificate

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About the Program

Are you interested in becoming a vital member of a healthcare team? Do you enjoy the fast-paced work of a front office? If so, a career as a Medical Assistant might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares you with the business, clinical and administrative skills needed for successful employment as a Medical Assistant in an ambulatory care/outpatient setting. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting jobs will grow 29 percent between 2012-2022.

A typical day on the job includes: Reviewing daily patient schedules with a physician, listening to phone messages, organizing charts, filling out paperwork and health forms, filing paperwork, preparing patient rooms for minor surgery procedures and checking patients in.

The Medical Assistant program at Seattle Vocational Institute has an average retention rate of 75.94% for the past five years, and there are a number of support services available to help students successfully complete the program.

Our program includes:

  • Electronic medical records
  • Patient clinical care services
  • Medical insurance
  • Finances
  • Coding
  • Medical terminology
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Administrative procedures
  • Computer proficiency
  • Keyboarding
  • Customer service

After completing the program, you'll have a strong base in business, medicine, administration and communication, as well as your CPR certification. These skills can open opportunities across the health care field, from small clinics to large hospital systems and health administrative companies.

Our fully-accredited program is designed to prepare graduates for their Certified Medical Assistant examination. Students who pass this examination become nationally certified, and are eligible to apply for Washington state-level certification. Full and part-time enrollment is available.

Course Planning

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 100 Strategies for Success 1
BOS 103 Intro. to Computer Systems 3
ENGL 105 English Applied Composition 3
ENGL 198 Special Topics – Lab 1
AHL 100 Strategies for Success 4
BCT 111 Computer Literacy & Application Fundamentals 2
PSG 110 Behavioral Psychology 2
COR 120 Customer Service & Professionalism 3
INFO 101 Introduction to Information Resources 1
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 111 Anatomy & Physiology I/Microbiology 6
AHL 113 Medical Terminology 6
BCT 130 Word Processing 4
AHL 178 Clinical I, Fundamentals of Clinical Practice 4
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 126 Reception/Scheduling/Medical Records 2
AHL 112 Anatomy & Physiology II/Pathophysiology 6
AHL 180 MA Clinical II 8
AHL 127 Electronic Health Records 2
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 183 Clinical III 8
AHL 142 Medical Computer Applications 2
AHL 161 Pharmacology & Medical Math Applications 2
AHL 124 Medical Office Finance/Spreadsheets 2
AHL 123 Insurance/Coding 2
COR 131 Employment Skills 3
Fifth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 190 Clinical IV 8
AHL 189 Emergency Preparedness 1
AHL 101 Health Care Provider CPR/First Aid 0.5
AHL 105 HIV/AIDS Training 0.5
AHL 128 Law and Ethics 3
AHL 125 Medical Office Simulation 2
AHL 192 Medical Assistant Practicum 5
AHL 191 MA National Examination Preparation 1

Five quarters, 98 credits

Class Schedule

By the end of the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) program students should be able to:

By the end of the course of study in the Medical Assistant program students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and competency of medical front office administrative skills, including electronic record keeping, clerical responsibilities, scheduling appointments, insurance verification, reception, effective communication and critical thinking skills.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, use effective verbal and written communication skills with physicians, peers, healthcare workers, and patients as would be necessary in an ambulatory care setting.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of psycho-social skills relative to patient needs self-growth and personal development.
  4. Possess and use clinical skills and knowledge relative to the daily functions of an ambulatory care setting.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of job readiness with resume building, interviewing skills, and complete competency in all basic medical assisting skills by successfully completing a practicum in an ambulatory care facility.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of State, Federal and AAMA regulations in regards to credentialing and certification.

Students must pass the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) exam at the appropriate level. In addition, a high school diploma or GED® documentation is required.

Note: This program does not allow for Advanced Placement or Transfer of Clock Hours, and does not recognize prior and/or experiential learning for credit. We are making allowance for transfer of credit as we are seeing an increased number of students who are already degree prepared. This is a Veterans Affairs (VA)-approved program.

Accreditation

The Seattle Vocational Institute Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727.210.2350

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information.

Contact

Seattle Vocational Institute
2120 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144
206.934.4950 (phone)
206.934.4949 (fax)