Medical Assistants maintain the daily workflow of a medical office. Work activities vary depending on the medical setting but often include customer service, administrative and clinical tasks. Medical assistants work directly with physicians and patients to ensure a productive experience in a variety of healthcare environments. The Medical Assistant program prepares students for both front-office clerical and back-office clinical medical assisting responsibilities by providing cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning competencies. The Clark College Medical Assistant Certificate of Proficiency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Graduates of the Clark College Medical Assisting program are eligible to sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA)'s Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination, a national certification for Medical Assistants. To gain employment as a Certified Medical Assistant, the student must graduate from the program and pass the CMA examination.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway N
Clearwater, FL 33756
Medical Assistant Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606
National Center for Competency Testing
NCCT 7007 College Blvd Suite 385 Overland Park KS 66211
Phone: 800.875.4404 Fax: 913.498.1243
American Association of Medical Assistants
Applications are accepted at any time however this is a limited entry program. Candidates who meet the preliminary requirements will be considered for winter term entry.
- 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:
Course List Code Title Credits/Units BMED 103 MATH FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS 3 BMED 110 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I 3 BMED 111 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II 3 BMED 116 MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES I 3 Select one from the following: BUSINESS ENGLISH (5 credits/units) INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED TECHNICAL WRITING (5 credits/units) ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (5 credits/units) BTEC 149 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS ESSENTIALS 3 Select one from the following: BASIC CONCEPTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (4 credits/units) HUMAN BIOLOGY
and HUMAN BIOLOGY LAB (5 credits/units)
HEOC 104 HEALTH CARE DELIVERY & CAREER EXPLORATION 3 HEOC 130 PHARMACOLOGY FOR HEALTH ASSISTANTS 3
- 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: English REadiness Assessment Score placing students in ENGL&101 or equivalent with 2.0 or above.
- Obtain a minimum Clark College cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
- 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) https://www.certifiedbackground.com/ (register as a student and pay the fee required as a BMED student under the Medical Assistant Program, complete the background check on this site as well).
- Complete or take concurrently all Medical Assistant Program courses before registering for Medical Assistant Practicum (BMED 166).