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 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. Students who complete the AAS-T degree with a cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 or higher will automatically qualify for the Upside Down Transfer option at The Evergreen State College. To earn this degree, students must also successfully complete the Medical Assisting Certificate of Specialization.
Students planning to enroll in MEDA 210 and 211 must submit an 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:
- Purchase of uniform and appropriate shoes;
- Purchase of wrist watch with sweep second hand;
- Malpractice and liability insurance;
- Required immunizations including Hepatitis B;
- Purchase of stethoscope;
- National Background Check.
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Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
- Accurately perform clinical skills appropriate for a medical office setting.
- Effectively use oral and written communication skills as they relate to a medical office environment.
- Use computer software to research or organize data for medical information systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with patients and staff in a healthcare setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform front office tasks such as appointment scheduling, telephone work and documentation of charges and payments.
- Critically evaluate medical office situations from multiple perspectives to find appropriate solutions.
- Recognize and be able to respond to medical office emergencies within scope of training.
- Recognize the impact of cultural differences in the care of patients and the interaction with co-workers.
- Demonstrate entry level competency in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains included in the Medical Assisting curriculum.