Medical Assisting

Associate in Applied Science—Transfer

Olympic College offers a two-year curriculum which prepares students for employment in medical settings to assist the physician and/or health care provider. This degree program is designed to help qualify medical assistants for supervisory and/or management roles that require an Associate degree and to allow an opportunity for potential transfer for those who wish to continue their education at a four year institution. This degree builds upon the Medical Assisting Certificate of Specialization curriculum.

Students planning to enroll in MEDA 210 and 211 must submit Application for Work Experience the quarter preceding enrollment in MEDA 210 and 211. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for all courses in the Medical Assisting Certificate.

Placement testing for proficiency in Mathematics and English is required for placement into ENGL& 101 or MATH& 107 as well as many of the classes in the medical assisting curriculum. Please see the course outlines and an advisor for details.

Additional costs: Computer lab fees, plus:
  1. Purchase of uniform and appropriate shoes;
  2. Purchase of wrist watch with sweep second hand;
  3. Malpractice and liability insurance;
  4. Required immunizations including Hepatitis B;
  5. Purchase of stethoscope;
  6. National Background Check.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Accurately perform clinical skills appropriate for a medical office setting.
  2. Effectively use oral and written communication skills as they relate to a medical office environment.
  3. Use computer software to research or organize data for medical information systems.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with patients and staff in a healthcare setting.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to perform front office tasks such as appointment scheduling, telephone work and documentation of charges and payments.
  6. Critically evaluate medical office situations from multiple perspectives to find appropriate solutions.
  7. Recognize and be able to respond to medical office emergencies within scope of training.
  8. Recognize the impact of cultural differences in the care of patients and the interaction with co-workers.
  9. Demonstrate entry level competency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains included in the Medical Assisting curriculum.
Advisor Office Phone
Lieseke, Connie Health Occupations 135 360.475.7741
Parker, Barbara Health Occupations 118 360.475.7679

Required Courses Credits
CIS 150 Survey of Computing 4
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication* 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society* 5
MEDA 109 Healthcare Calculations* 2
MEDA 110 Anatomy and Physiology* 5
MEDA 111 Pathophysiology for Med Assisting* 4
MEDA 112 Med Law, Ethics and Bioethics 3
MEDA 113 Pharmacology for Medical Assisting* 2
MEDA 120 Medical Office Procedures I* 4
MEDA 121 Medical Office Procedures II* 4
MEDA 136 Examination Room Techniques* 5
MEDA 137 Lab Procedures for Medical Assisting* 4
MEDA 151 MEDA Professional Preparation I 1
MEDA 152 MEDA Professional Preparation II* 1
MEDA 153 MEDA Professional Preparation III* 1
MEDA 162 Medical Terminology* 5  
or the following two courses:  
MEDA 160 Medical Terminology I* 3  
MEDA 161 Medical Terminology II* 3 5-6
MEDA 163 Medical Insurance Billing* 3
MEDA 168 Medical Assisting Invasive Procedures* 2
MEDA 205 Medical Claims and Coding* 2
MEDA 208 Exit Testing for MEDA* 2
MEDA 209 Medical Office Emergencies 2
MEDA 210 Practicum for Medical Assistants* 6
MEDA 211 Human Relations/MEDA* 1

Choose one the following for 3 or 5 credits:
OLRM 205 Managing Diversity 3  
OLRM 220 Human Relations in the Workplace 3  
OLRM 260 Conflict Resolution 5 3-5

Choose 10 credits from at least two different distribution areas (H, SS, NS):
Humanities (H):  
ASL& 121 Am Sign Language I 5  
CMST 253 Intercultural Communication* 5  
ENGL& 102 Composition II* 5  
ENGL& 235 Technical Writing* 5  
SPAN& 121 Spanish I 5  

Social Sciences (SS):
ANTH& 100 Survey of Anthropology 5  
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5  
PSYC 102 Psychology of Adjustment 5  
PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology 5  
PSYC& 220 Abnormal Psychology 5  

Natural Sciences (NS):
BIOL 140 Environmental Issues* 5  
BIOL& 160 General Biology w/Lab 5  
BIOL& 260 Microbiology* 5  
CHEM& 110 Chemical Concepts w/Lab* 6  
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry* 6  
MATH& 146 Intro to Statistics* 5  10
Total Credits Required 91-94

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog