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Certificate in Medical Assistant

Begin Your Career Path with Medical Assistant Training

Technological advances in medicine along with the growth and aging of the population are leading to a growing demand in the health care industry, requiring an increased need for health care workers. Demand for Medical Assistants is expected to grow much faster than average through the decade. If you want to enter the healthcare field and are searching for a Medical Assistant program, contact Charter College.

Medical Assistant Classes and Curriculum

The Certificate in Medical Assistant program provides you with the technical skills and work habits required to seek entry-level Medical Assistant opportunities. Inside the classroom, the computer technology and word processing facets of the curriculum enhance your potential for employment. In addition, you will complete assignments such as reading, exercises, problem solving, projects, research, papers, and presentations.

Medical assistant topics and classes include:

  • Compliance in Health Care Environments
  • Patient Care Concepts
  • Medical Office Emergencies
  • Medical Terminology Fundamentals
  • Functions of Health Records Management
  • Medical insurance Billing and Coding

View the complete list of medical assistant courses in the Charter College Handbook.

Medical Assistant Externship Requirement

As part of the Medical Assistant training program, you are required to complete a 180-hour externship program at a local clinic, physician’s office, hospital, HMO, or other allied health ambulatory facility (depending on campus).

Medical Assistant Program Length

40 weeks or 10 months*

In as little as a year, you can get started on a rewarding career as a Medical Assistant. Charter College starts classes every five weeks providing unparalleled flexibility and our unique learning approach helps you to graduate on time.

Medical Assistant Blended Learning Delivery Method

The Certificate in Medical Assistant program is available in a blended learning format. The combination of classroom and online learning gives you the flexibility to balance your classwork with family, work, and other commitments.

Medical Assistant Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Medical Assistant program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the clinical skills, diagnostic procedures, and appropriate operational functions of medical assisting as defined by state and local regulations and/or licensure requirements
  • Explain the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior necessary to perform as a competent entry level Medical Assistant in a variety of settings
  • Identify and describe the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations pertinent to the medical fields and medical assisting
  • Demonstrate the importance of professionalism, communication, and collaboration skills in the professional setting
  • Explain and perform appropriate administrative tasks effectively

Prepare for Entry-Level Medical Assistant Careers

The Certificate in Medical Assistant program prepares to handle the duties and requirements of entry-level Medical Assistant positions. You can seek employment in healthcare and medical settings such as hospitals, physician offices, and clinics.

Medical Assistant National Certification Exam

The Medical Assistant training program prepares you to take a National Certification Exam (NCCT, NHA, CMA, etc.). Successfully passing one of these exams may be a requirement for certain Medical Assistant jobs.

Washington students: In order to become employed and practice as a Medical Assistant in Washington, you must be certified or registered by the Washington Department of Health, Medical Assisting Credentialing.

Upon successful completion of the program, you may be eligible to apply for either the Medical Assistant-Certified or Medical Assistant-Registered through the Washington Department of Health. The criteria for certified and registered statuses, along with the application process, are available on the Department’s website.

Charter College Campuses that Offer Medical Assistant Training

The Certificate in Medical Assistant program is available at all Charter College and Charter Institute campus locations: Anchorage, Wasilla, Canyon Country, Lancaster, Oxnard, Billings, Missoula, Farmington, East Wenatchee, Fife, Lacey, Pasco, Vancouver, and Yakima.

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