Business Technology-Medical Assistant
The Medical Assistant program is a four-quarter program that prepares students for both front-office clerical and back-office clinical medical assistant responsibilities. Students may take additional required courses to obtain an Associate Degree. Clark College's Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Successful graduates of Clark College's Medical Assisting Program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant Examination. Upon passing the exam, graduates will receive the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential from the AAMA. This credential is recognized nationally by healthcare institutions. For more information refer to the following websites:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
www.caahep.org
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350

American Association of Medical Assistants
www.aama-ntl.org

Although applications are accepted at any time, only 30 applicants will be selected. Candidates who meet the preliminary requirements will be considered for winter quarter entry.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Complete the Medical Assisting Application and Clark College Application and submit to the Admissions Office.
  • Complete with a 2.0 or above all Preliminary Required Courses: BMED 110, BMED 111, BMED 112, BMED 116, BMED 117, BMED 138, HEOC 011, HEOC 100, HEOC 130.
  • Submit official high school transcript in sealed envelope or GED scores and official college transcript (s) from all colleges attended. Course credit hours and equivalency will be determined by Clark College. No applicant will be considered until all transcripts are received.
  • Take the Clark College COMPASS test. Call (360)992-2648 for more information. The following scores or equivalent coursework are required prior to program entry:
    • COMPASS score of 31 or higher in Math (Numerical Skills), OR completion of Math 030 or Math 065 with 2.0 or above.
    • COMPASS score of 49 or higher in writing OR completion of ENGL 097 with a 2.0 or above.
    • COMPASS score of 64 or higher in reading OR completion of READ 083 with a 2.0 or above.

Program Progression:

  • Obtain a complete physical to verify proof of fitness. Contact the Health Services Center at Clark College or a personal physician for the physical. Submit physical results to the Medical Office Technology program office.
  • Complete all program courses with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Do not repeat any required program course more than once.
  • Provide proof of all required immunizations before registering for Medical Office Clinical Procedures I (BMED 163).
  • Complete or take concurrently all Medical Assistant Program courses before registering for Medical Assistant Practicum (BMED 166).
  • Before they can progress into BMED 166 (Medical Assistant Practicum [summer quarter]), Medical Assistant students must provide a FBI Criminal Background Check dated no earlier than 30 days prior to the first day of class.
Medical Assistant (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
BTEC 087
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH
3 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BMED 040
MATH FOR MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS
1 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
BMED 166
MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM **
6 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF DISEASE
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 117
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES II
3 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 134
MEDICAL OFFICE SEMINAR
1 cr.
BMED 137
THERAPEUTIC COMM SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROF
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 139
CMA EXAMINATION REVIEW SEMINAR
1 cr.
BMED 163
MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES I (with lab)
6 cr.
BMED 164
MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES II (with lab)
6 cr.
BMED 165
MEDICAL OFFICE LABORATORY PROCEDURES
4 cr.
BTEC 101
BEGINNING KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) ***
1-3 cr.
or BTEC 103
REFRESHER KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) ***
1-3 cr.
BTEC 147
PROFESSIONAL SELF-DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
HEOC 011
MATH FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
1 cr.
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
HEOC 130
PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS
3 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
Recommended Electives
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
Total Required Credits: 79
* Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree should take BIOL 164/165 or another approved science elective. HEOC 100/101 will not satisfy degree requirements as outlined in the Clark College catalog.
** Practicum is a non-paid, supervised work experience.
***Register for BTEC 100

To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Demonstrate use of medical office administrative and clinical software to complete medical office tasks (scheduling, patient information management, billing and office finances).
  • Apply policies and principles of office management (patient reception, scheduling, billing and office finances).
  • Apply policies and procedures for office management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications.
  • Accurately and effectively demonstrate clinical skills required of the medical assistant.
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for taking the CMA Exam.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
Medical Assistant (AAS)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (6 credits required)
BTEC 087
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH
3 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BUS 102
BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
BMED 166
MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM
6 cr.
Humanities (3 credits required)
 
Social Sciences (3 credits required)
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
or PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY (recommended)
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (3 credits required)
 
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF DISEASE
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 117
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES II
3 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 134
MEDICAL OFFICE SEMINAR
1 cr.
BMED 137
THERAPEUTIC COMM SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROF
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 139
CMA EXAMINATION REVIEW SEMINAR
1 cr.
BMED 163
MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES I (with lab)
6 cr.
BMED 164
MEDICAL OFFICE CLINICAL PROCEDURES II (with lab)
6 cr.
BMED 165
MEDICAL OFFICE LABORATORY PROCEDURES
4 cr.
BTEC 101
BEGINNING KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) ***
1-3 cr.
or BTEC 103
REFRESHER KEYBOARDING (3 credits required) ***
1-3 cr.
BTEC 147
PROFESSIONAL SELF-DEVELOPMENT
2 cr.
BTEC 149
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS
3 cr.
FACPR032
FIRST AID AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CPR
1 cr.
HEOC 011
MATH FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
1 cr.
HEOC 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
HEOC 130
PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS
3 cr.
Recommended Electives
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
Phlebotomy practicum required for phlebotomy certificate.
Total Required Credits: 96
*Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree should take BIOL 164/165 or another approved science elective. HEOC 100/101 will not satisfy degree requirements as outlined in the Clark College catalog.
** Practicum is a non-paid, supervised work experience.
*** Students should register for BTEC 100.

Refer to the Degree and Certificate Requirements section in the Clark College Catalog to identify the courses needed to satisfy the general education requirements.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College.
  • Demonstrate use of medical office administrative and clinical software to complete medical office tasks (scheduling, patient information management, billing and office finances).
  • Apply policies and principles of office management (patient reception, scheduling, billing and office finances).
  • Apply policies and procedures for office management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to accomplish a task.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, patients, and health care professionals through written and oral communications.
  • Accurately and effectively demonstrate clinical skills required of the medical assistant.
  • Successfully complete all criteria necessary for taking the CMA Exam.
  • Demonstrate lifelong learning.
General Education Outcomes
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Human Relations: Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Computational Skills: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Health and PE: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences as appropriate for a career and technical education program.
  • Science: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems as appropriate for a career and technical education program.