Whatcom offers the following degree and certificate:
Degree:
Associate in Science (AS) - Medical Assisting
Certificate:
Medical Assisting

 

Prerequisites

Planning prerequisite courses can be complicated. Without all of the information or a plan, you risk wasting your time and money. After attending an information session, schedule an appointment with your advisor to help you plan a sequence of courses for your unique circumstances. If you intend to take any non-core medical assisting program courses somewhere other than WCC, check with an academic advisor regarding the transferability.

A minimum grade of C (2.0 GPA) or “S” is required in each prerequisite and general education course. Applicants with higher grades will have a higher consideration for acceptance. In particular, note the following competencies and other considerations that are required prior to entering the medical assisting degree or certificate program:

  • Placement into MATH 98 or above, or completion of MATH 96* or above. Math assessments are available by appointment. Call the Entry and Advising Center at 360.383.3080 or the Testing Center at 360.383.3050 to schedule an appointment.
    • *Note: MATH 96 is no longer offered; however, it satisfies this prerequisite for students who have already successfully completed it with a minimum grade of C (2.0 GPA).
  • ENGL& 101, English Composition 1 (or equivalent)
  • MA 113, Introduction to Medical Computing or BIS 101, Introduction to Business Computing
  • CMST& 210, Interpersonal Communications or CMST 145, Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • MA 101, Medical Terminology

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Associate in Science (AS) - Medical Assisting

The medical assisting degree prepares students to perform a broad range of administrative and clinical tasks under the supervision of a physician/provider in a doctor's office or other medical setting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2015)

 Prerequisites Credits
 Placement into MATH 98 or above or completion of MATH 96 or above; and completion of prerequisite courses required prior to enrolling in core requirements.
 
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 MA 113
 Introduction to Medical Computing
 3
 or BIS 101
 Introduction to Business Computing
 
 CMST& 210
 Interpersonal Communication (HR)
 3 or 5
 or CMST 145
 Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)
 
 MA 101
 Medical Terminology
 2
 Subtotal  13-15
 Core Requirements
 Credits
 MA 108
 Medical Law and Ethics
 2
 MA 119
 Medical Insurances and Finances (CP)
 4
 MA 120
 Clinical Procedures I
 6
 MA 121
 Clinical Procedures II
 6
 MA 122
 Communications in Health Care Systems (HR)
 4
 MA 123
 The Medical Office and Electronic Records
 5
 MA 124
 Computerized Medical Billing
 3
 MA 127
 Clinical Anatomy and Pathophysiology I
 6
 MA 128
 Clinical Anatomy and Pathophysiology II
 6
 MA 131
 Clinical Procedures III
 3
 MA 135
 Medical Procedural Coding
 3
 MA 136
 Pharmacology (CP)
 4
 MA 137
 Pharmacology Lab
 2
 MA 140
 Practicum  6
 MA 142
 Practicum Seminar
 2
 MA 155
 Medical Diagnostic Coding
 3
 Subtotal  65
 General Education Requirements / Related Instruction  Credits
 Any MATH course numbered 100 or above
 5
 or BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
 
 or Any college level course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)
 
 ELECTIVES - Any college level courses numbered 100 or above
 7
 Subtotal  12
 Total  90-92

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Certificate - Medical Assisting

The medical assisting certificate prepares students to perform a broad range of administrative and clinical tasks under the supervision of a physician/provider in a doctor's office or other medical setting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2012)

Prerequisites Credits
Placement into MATH 98 or above or completion of MATH 96 or above; and completion of prerequisite courses required prior to enrolling in core requirements.

ENGL& 101
English Composition I (CM)
5
MA 113
Introduction to Medical Computing
3
or BIS 101
Introduction to Business Computing

CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication (HR)
3 or 5
or CMST 145
Introduction to Organizational Communication (HR)

MA 101
Medical Terminology
2
Subtotal 13-15
Core Requirements
Credits
MA 108
Medical Law and Ethics
2
MA 119
Medical Insurances and Finances (CP)
4
MA 120
Clinical Procedures I
6
MA 121
Clinical Procedures II
6
MA 122
Communications in Health Care Systems (HR)
4
MA 123
The Medical Office and Electronic Records
5
MA 124
Computerized Medical Billing
3
MA 127
Clinical Anatomy and Pathophysiology I
6
MA 128
Clinical Anatomy and Pathophysiology II
6
MA 131
Clinical Procedures III
3
MA 135
Medical Procedural Coding
3
MA 136
Pharmacology (CP)
4
MA 137
Pharmacology Lab
2
MA 140
Practicum 6
MA 142
Practicum Seminar
2
MA 155
Medical Diagnostic Coding
3
Subtotal 65
Total 78-80

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