Medical Assistant

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Medical Assistant Certificate

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About the Program

Are you interested in working alongside doctors and nurses? Do you enjoy fast-paced work and caring for others? If so, a career as a Medical Assistant might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Medical Assistant Certificate Program prepares you with the skills needed for today's modern healthcare settings. And your education with us will be a great investment in your future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting jobs will grow 29 percent over the next decade.

A typical day on the job includes: Taking patient vitals, preparing patients for surgery, reviewing daily patient schedules with a physician, organizing charts, filling out paperwork and health forms. Our graduates work in emergency departments, primary care clinics, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and more. 

Over the past five years, we graduate more than 70 percent of our students who start with us and 98.85% of our graduates are satisfied with 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

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.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Assistant Career Launch Scholarship

In partnership with SVI, Kaiser Permanente is offering free tuition, books, fees, mentorship and an internship for 20 students to study medical assisting at SVI. Applications are due June 1, 2018. Read more information about this scholarship.


Course Planning

First Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
MATH 110 Applied Math for Technicians 3
ENG 198 English Workshop 1
ENGL 105 Applied Composition 3
BCT 111 Computer Literacy & Application Fundamentals 2
BOS 103 Keyboarding 2
INFO 101 Introduction to Information Services 1
PSG 110 Behavioral Psychology 3
COR 120 Communication & Professionalism 3
Second Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 111 Anatomy & Physiology I/Microbiology 6
AHL 113 Medical Terminology I 3
BCT 130 Word Processing 4
AHL 123 Insurance & Coding 3
AHL 178 Clinical I 6
Third Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 112 Anatomy & Physiology II/Pathophysiology 6
AHL 114 Medical Terminology II 3
AHL 180 Clinical II 8
AHL 127 Electronic Health Records 2
Fourth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 126 Reception/Scheduling/Medical Records 2
AHL 183 Clinical III 8
AHL 161 Pharmacology  3
AHL 124 Medical Office Finance 2
AHL 142 Medical Insurance Billing 2
COR 131 Employment Skills 2
Fifth Quarter
Prefix Course Credits
AHL 190 Clinical IV 6
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 191 MA National Examination Preparation 1
AHL 192 Medical Assistant Practicum 5

Five quarters, 97 credits

Class Schedule

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.

Student Retention
64.81% in 2015
72.01% (5 year average)

Graduate Satisfaction
100% in 2015
98.85% (5 year average)

Total Number of Graduates
26 in 2015
274 (5 year total)

Useful Resources


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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs - CAAHEP

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information.