New - medical assisting online/hybrid program

Meeting current and emerging standards

Whatcom’s medical assisting degree and certificate program is frequently reviewed by faculty and the program’s advisory committee (composed of physicians, employers of medical assistants, and currently practicing medical assistants) to ensure the program curriculum and outcomes are aligned to state and industry standards of practice.

Program innovations in recent years include:

  • Alignment with new Washington state laws for medical assisting credentials and scope of practice
  • Health information technology infused throughout curriculum to prepare students to use electronic health/medical records while securely maintaining patient information
  • Development and implementation of a series of simulation scenarios to help students acquire and/or reinforce the professionalism skills that employers and patients expect and value

Retention rates

The medical assisting program at Whatcom Community College has a retention rate of 82% over the past five (5) years (cohorts starting fall 2012 - fall 2016). Retention is calculated based on the number of students who successfully completed the program divided by the number of students who entered the program. 


8525815242_8qNcHWhatcom Community College's medical assisting certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350 (



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