Business Technology-Medical Assistant
The Medical Assistant program prepares students for both front-office clerical and back-office clinical medical assistant responsibilities. 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). Graduates of Clark College's Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Certified Medical Assistant Examination, as well as, the national certification for Medical Assistants. To gain employment in as Certified Medical Assistant students must graduate from the program and pass both certifications.

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

Washington State Department of Health
www.doh.wa.gov
Town Center 2
111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
360-236-4700
Fax number: 360-236-4818
Email Address: hsqa.csc@doh.wa.gov

National Center for Competency Testing
NCCT 7007 College Blvd Suite 385 Overland Park KS 66211
Phone: 800.875.4404 Fax: 913.498.1243
www.ncctinc.com/

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

Applications are accepted at any time however this is a limited entry program. Candidates who meet the preliminary requirements will be considered for winter quarter entry.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Complete the Clark College Application for Admission and the Medical Assistant Application. Return both to the Clark College Welcome Center with the non-refundable program application fees (subject to change). For the current fee amounts, please visit the Medical Assistant website. Date of Medical Assistant Application (fee paid date) will be considered in selecting students for entry into the program.
  • Complete with a 2.0 or above all Preliminary Required Courses: BMED 103, BMED 110, BMED 111, BMED 116, BTEC 107 or PTWR 135 or ENGL&101, BTEC 149, HEOC 100 or BIOL 164/165, HEOC 104 and HEOC 130.
  • To comply with Washington State Law [WAC 246-901-030(2)], Clark College requires that students must submit proof of high school graduation, GED completion, or U.S. degree conferment to be eligible for selection into the Medical Assisting Program. Students who do not plan to apply transfer credits towards the program are not required to submit official transcripts.
  • Take the Clark College COMPASS Test. Call (360) 992-2648 for Assessment Center hours. The following scores or equivalent classes are required prior to program entry:
  • Reading: COMPASS score of 74 or higher or completion of READ 087 or equivalent with 2.0 or above.
  • Obtain a minimum Clark College cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above

Program Progression:
  • Obtain a complete physical to verify proof of fitness to perform Medical Assistant requirements.
  • Contact the Health Services Center at Clark College or a personal physician for the physical. Submit physical results to the Director of the Medical Assistant program.
  • 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) to the Director of the Medical Assistant program.
  • Provide proof of FBI Criminal Background before registering for Medical Office Clinical Procedures I (BMED 163) to the Director of the Medical Assistant program.
  • Complete or take concurrently all Medical Assistant Program courses before registering for Medical Assistant Practicum (BMED 166).
Medical Assistant (CP)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
BTEC 107
BUSINESS ENGLISH
5 cr.
or PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
BMED 166
MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM **
6 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
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 137
THERAPEUTIC COMM SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROF
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 139
MA ASSISTANT EXAMINATION REVIEW
2 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 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 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: 85
* 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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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 Assisting (AAT)
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
BTEC 107
BUSINESS ENGLISH
5 cr.
or PTWR 135
INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING
5 cr.
Computational Skills (5 credits required)
BMED 103
MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
3 cr.
BMED 105
STATISTICS FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
2 cr.
Human Relations (5 credits required)
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
5 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BMED 110
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I
3 cr.
BMED 111
MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II
3 cr.
BMED 112
INTRODUCTION TO PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
5 cr.
BMED 116
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I
3 cr.
BMED 117
MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES II
3 cr.
BMED 129
MEDICAL REIMBURSEMENT
5 cr.
BMED 130
MEDICAL CODING - CPT/HCPCS
4 cr.
BMED 132
MEDICAL CODING ICD-9-CM/ICD-10
5 cr.
BMED 137
THERAPEUTIC COMM SKILLS FOR HEALTH PROF
3 cr.
BMED 138
LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE MEDICAL OFFICE
2 cr.
BMED 139
MA ASSISTANT EXAMINATION REVIEW
2 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.
BMED 166
MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRACTICUM
6 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 100
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
4 cr.
HEOC 104
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION
3 cr.
HEOC 120
AIDS EDUCATION
1 cr.
HEOC 130
PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 92
* Students should register for BTEC 100.
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 know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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.