Applying to the medical assisting program
The medical assisting core courses start each fall quarter. There is an application deadline prior to each program start. Late applications may be considered on a space-available basis.
For best consideration for acceptance into the medical assisting program starting fall 2017, submit your complete application and all related materials by June 29, 2017.
STEP 1 - Apply to Whatcom Community College
Students must be enrolled at WCC and have an active student identification number (SID) in order to apply to the medical assisting program and pay related fees.
Apply to WCC online or request a WCC application by email at email@example.com, by phone (360) 383-3001, or in person at the entry/advising office, LDC 116. Once you receive your SID number, proceed to STEP 2.
STEP 2 - Obtain and complete MA selective application forms
STEP 3 - Pay application fee
Students must pay the application fee ($25) on or before the application deadline to be considered. If submitting payment by mail, include a completed application fee payment form (page 1 of the application).
STEP 4 - Submit medical assisting application form and supporting materials by the application deadline
Submit MA application form, and all required supporting documentation in one complete packet. All materials must be received at the WCC Registration/Records Office by the deadline. Your packet should include:
- Completed Application for Selective Entry Admission form
- Completed Applicant Checklist
- Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges where you earned credits that may apply to the MA program
- A minimum grade of C (2.0 grade point) or "S" is required in each prerequisite and general education course
- Receipt for the $12 purchase of a Washington State Patrol background check through the WCC Business Office
- Personal Statement (see details on application form)
Admission is through a competitive first-come, first-served application process for qualifying students
All information supplied in the application packet is taken into consideration as part of Selective Entry Application criteria. WCC's Medical Assisting Program Selection Committee is made up of Medical Assisting program faculty who review and select all applications based upon a first come, first served priority basis, the number of seats available in the program, and upon the selection criteria detailed in the application information. In addition, please note:
- All applicants can expect to receive notification of status of application by letter within two to four weeks following the application deadline.
- If you are not accepted you must reapply the following year to be considered for program admission the following year. At this time, you will be expected to pay the application fee and submit a new background check.
- Applicants may choose to appeal admissions decisions. All appeals will be directed to the Dean for Workforce Education at WCC.
Please note: Entry or acceptance into the medical assisting program does not guarantee students a job placement, nor does it guarantee a practicum placement in Whatcom County. Practicum placements often require successful interviews and background checks. Also, due to increased competition for practicum placements in Washington State, Whatcom Community College cannot guarantee that student practicums will be in the last quarter of the medical assisting program classes.
Additional medical assisting program requirements
Students accepted into to the medical assisting degree or certificate programs will need to show documentation that indicates they have begun the required immunization series. Immunization records will also satisfy this requirement. See WCC's specific immunization requirements and policy included with the medical assisting application materials (page 5 of the application form). Required immunizations must be completed prior to clinical competencies performed in the lab portions of the medical assisting program, unless otherwise specified by the program coordinator.
The field of medical assisting requires:
- a full range of body motion
- manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination
- standing and walking for extensive periods of time
- occasionally lifting and carrying items weighing up to 100 pounds
- corrected vision and hearing to normal range
- working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours
- exposure to communicable diseases or bodily fluids
- frequent exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medicinal preparations and other conditions common to a clinic environment
Background checks and drug testing
Acceptance into the medical assisting degree or certificate program requires a Washington State Patrol background check to support clinical placements.
Students need to pay a $12 fee to the WCC Business Office to start the process and submit the receipt with their application. Results of the background check will be provided to the medical assisting program coordinator and all findings will remain confidential to WCC administration. Those students with a negative finding will be required to meet with the program coordinator prior to admittance to discuss possible options. Results of background checks for program applicants are considered valid for six months only.
Students should be aware that some organizations may require drug testing and/or a more extensive background check as a prerequisite to, or condition of, practicum placement. It is the student's responsibility to understand all requirements and the potential impact such requirements may have on their ability to be placed for practicums. These requirements may also be conditions for future employment of the student.