Medical Assisting

Certificate of Specialization

This program prepares students for employment in ambulatory medical settings assisting physicians and /or other healthcare professionals in the examination and treatment of patients in accordance with state laws. Graduates are also taught to perform administrative duties commonly required in healthcare facilities. Students planning to enroll in MEDA 210 and 211 must receive instructor permission and submit an Application for Work Experience the quarter preceding enrollment. The student must have completed all required courses with a minimum grade of 2.5 in each course to qualify for practicum placement. Further, all required courses must be taken within the previous three years to register for MEDA 210 and MEDA 211.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering the MEDA program are required to take a placement test for reading, writing and mathematics readiness. Before submitting the application packet and starting the clinical program classes, students must place into English 101, or alternatively, complete English 098 with a 3.0 or higher or English 099 with a 2.0 or higher. Students are also required to place into Math 099, or alternatively complete Math 094 with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Students are also required to show proof of typing proficiency of 35 wpm with 90% accuracy to enter the MEDA program.

Prior to registration for the clinical classes students will need to submit a completed application packet.

Requirements include:
  1. Proof of up-to-date immunization status with at least the initial injection of the Hepatitis B series and TB testing within one year.
  2. The completed application for the MEDA program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Signed Statement of Responsibility.
  5. Signed Confidentiality Statement.
  6. Copies of placement test scores and/or transcripts to verify appropriate placement for Math and English.
  7. Any applicable course transcripts needed for consideration for transfer students.
  8. All students will be required to request a Criminal History Information Background Check. A student who cannot participate in patient care delivery in clinical settings during practicum based on a positive background inquiry check will not be able to successfully complete the program.
  9. Additional requirements including yearly influenza vaccines may be compelled by certain practicum sites.

Students will not be allowed to participate in the clinical classes in the program (MEDA 136, MEDA 168, MEDA 137 and MEDA 113) without submission of a complete application packet. The deadline for application is December 1st, or whenever the clinical MEDA classes are filled with qualified students. Students will be provided with application materials when enrolled in the MEDA 151 course.

Additional cost: Students will incur the same fees as other Olympic College students, plus:
  1. Purchase of scrubs and appropriate shoes
  2. Purchase of wristwatch with sweep second hand
  3. Purchase of a stethoscope
  4. Vaccinations as needed to meet program requirements
  5. Cost of Criminal History Information Background Check
  6. Cost of malpractice and liability insurance coverage
  7. Cost of healthcare insurance coverage prior to practicum placement

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. Perform clinical skills appropriate for an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  2. Effectively use oral and written communication skills as they relate to a medical office environment.
  3. Use computer software to research, enter or organize data for medical information systems.
  4. Critically evaluate medical office situations from multiple perspectives to find appropriate solutions.
  5. Recognize and be able to respond to medical office emergencies within scope of training.
  6. Perform administrative skills appropriate for an ambulatory healthcare setting.
  7. Competently perform entry level skills in the in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains as presented in the Medical Assisting curriculum.
Advisor Office Phone
Lieseke, Connie Heath Occupations 135 360.475.7741
Parker, Barbara Health Occupations 118 360.475.7679

Required Courses Credits
CIS 150 Survey of Computing 4
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
Total Credits Required 63-64

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog