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. Please refer to specific course outlines for appropriate placement scores. Students are also required to complete BSTEC 110 with a minimum grade of 2.0 and/or show proof of typing proficiency of 35 wpm to enter the MEDA program.

Prior to registration for the clinical classes students will need to submit a completed application packet to the office of Records and Registration.

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 externship based on a positive background inquiry check will not be able to successfully complete the program.
  9. Additional requirements including titers for chicken pox and/or measles may be compelled by certain extern sites.

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 as part of 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.
Advisor Office Phone
Lieseke, Connie Heath Occupations 135360.475.7741
Parker, Barbara Health Occupations 118360.475.7679

Required CoursesCredits
CIS150Survey of Computing4
MEDA109Healthcare Calculations*2
MEDA110Anatomy and Physiology*5
MEDA111Pathophysiology for Med Assisting*4
MEDA112Med Law, Ethics and Bioethics3
MEDA113Pharmacology for Medical Assisting*2
MEDA120Medical Office Procedures I*4
MEDA121Medical Office Procedures II*4
MEDA136Examination Room Techniques*5
MEDA137Lab Procedures for Medical Assisting*4
MEDA151MEDA Professional Preparation I1
MEDA152MEDA Professional Preparation II*1
MEDA153MEDA Professional Preparation III*1
MEDA162Medical Terminology*5 
or the following two courses:  
MEDA160Medical Terminology I*3 
MEDA161Medical Terminology II*35-6
MEDA163Medical Insurance Billing*3
MEDA168Medical Assisting Invasive Procedures*2
MEDA205Medical Claims and Coding*2
MEDA208Exit Testing for MEDA*2
MEDA209Medical Office Emergencies2
MEDA210Practicum for Medical Assistants*6
MEDA211Human Relations/MEDA*1
Total Credits Required63-64

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog