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

 

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 2017)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION   Credits
Placement into MATH 87 or higher or completion of MATH 94 or higher; and placement into ENGL& 101  0
 ENGL& 101  English Composition I (CM)  5
 CMST 145  Introduction to Organizational Communication 5
 or CMST& 225  Intercultural Communication  3 or 5
 PSYC& 100  General Psychology (HR)  5
 Any MATH course numbered 100 or above (CP)  5
 or BUS 100  Business Math (CP)  5
 or Any college level course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list. (CP)  5
 Subtotal  18-20
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: General  Credits
 HLTH 144  Essentials of Care Navigation  5
 MA 108  Medical Law and Ethics  2
 MA 113  Introduction to Medical Computing  3
 MA 129  Concepts in Effective Communication  3
 MA 146  Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant  4
 Subtotal  17
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Clinical  Credits
 MA 147  The Human Body in Health and Disease I  4
 MA 148  The Human Body in Health and Disease II  4
 MA 151  Protective Practices  2
 MA 152  Clinical Procedures I  4
 MA 153  Clinical Procedures II  4
 MA 154  Clinical Procedures III  4
 MA 156  Pharmacology  4
 Subtotal  26
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Administrative  Credits
 MA 141  Medical Office & Electronic Records  3
 MA 143  Intro to Practice Management and Basic Finance  3
 MA 145  Insurance-Based Medical Billing and Coding  4
 Subtotal  10
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Practicum  Credits
 MA 200  Practicum with Seminar  8
 Subtotal  8
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
 HLTH 124  Behavioral Health Navigation  2
 and/or HLTH 126  Care Navigation and Coordination: Older Adults  2
 and/or HLTH 131  Survey of Addiction  4
 and/or HLTH 145  Advanced Care Navigation 1  5
 and/or HLTH 146  Advanced Care Navigation 2  5
 and/or HLTH 224  Integration of Behavioral Health into Primary Care  5
 BTEC 121  Word Processing I  3
 or BTEC 141  Spreadsheets I  3
 or BTEC 103  Beginning Keyboarding  2
 or BTEC 104  Keyboarding for Speed and Accuracy I  2
 or OFFAD 150  Office Procedures  5
 Subtotal  9-11
 Total  90

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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 2017)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS  Credits
 Placement into MATH 87, MATH 97 or above, or completion of ABE 50, MATH 94 or above.  0
 ENGL& 101  English Composition I (CM) 5
 MA 108  Medical Law and Ethics  2
 MA 113  Introduction to Medical Computing  3
 MA 141  Medical Office & Electronic Records  3
 MA 143  Intro to Practice Management and Basic Finance (CP)  3
 MA 145  Insurance-Based Medical Billing and Coding (CP)  4
 MA 147  The Human Body in Health and Disease I  4
 MA 148  The Human Body in Health and Disease II  4
 MA 151  Protective Practices (CP) 2
 MA 152  Clinical Procedures I (CP) 4
 MA 153  Clinical Procedures II (CP)  4
 MA 154  Clinical Procedures III (CP)  4
 MA 156  Pharmacology (CP)  4
 MA 200  Practicum with Seminar  8
 HLTH 144  Essentials of Care Navigation  5
 MA 129  Concepts in Effective Communication (HR)  3
 MA 146  Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant (CP)  4
 Subtotal  66
 Total  66
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