Associate in Science (AS) degree or certificate in Medical Assisting
Quarter-by-quarter course sequence, face-to-face MA program (core medical assisting program)
Quarter-by-quarter course sequence, hybrid MA program (core medical assisting program)

Associate in Science (AS) degree or certificate in Medical Assisting

WCC offers two options for aspiring medical assistants: an AS degree or a certificate. The program options run concurrently and are primarily a full-time course of study. There are two options for completing the program: face-to-face or hybrid. See the quarter-by-quarter course sequence, below, for more information.

The medical assisting core courses for both the degree and certificate take five consecutive quarters to complete. Courses must be taken in sequence as assigned in the program schedule. Any deviation must have the written approval of the program coordinator.

All students in the medical assisting degree or certificate program take the same clinical training and administrative skill coursework. Upon graduating from the medical assisting degree or certificate program, students are eligible to take an exam to become Certified Medical Assistants.
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Program outcomes

Upon successful completion of WCC's medical assisting degree or certificate, graduates should be able to...

  1. Apply state and federal regulations while performing clinical and administrative duties.
  2. Apply medical assisting theory and skills in the ambulatory healthcare setting.
  3. Use technology while performing clinical and administrative duties.
  4. Employ protective practices required within the ambulatory healthcare setting.
  5. Compose professionally-written documents using electronic technology.
  6. Evaluate patient needs and perform services in a culturally sensitive manner.
  7. Interact professionally with providers, staff, and patients.

Quarter-by-quarter course sequence, face-to-face MA program (core medical assisting program), 2019-20

Course sequence subject to change.

Quarter one  Fall 2019  Credits
 ENGL& 101  English Composition I  5
 MA 113  Introduction to Medical Computing (with a lab) 3
 MA 146  Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant  4
 MA 147  The Human Body in Health and Disease I 4
 HLTH 151  Protective Practices (with a lab)  2
     18
 Quarter two  Winter 2020  
 MA 129  Concepts in Effective Communication 2
 MA 141  The Medical Office and Electronic Records (with a lab)  3
 MA 148  The Human Body in Health and Disease II  4
 MA 152  Clinical Procedure I (with a lab)  4
     13
 Quarter three  Spring 2020  
 HLTH 144  Essentials of Care Navigation 5
 MA 108  Medical Law and Ethics 2
 MA 153  Clinical Procedures II (with a lab)  4
 MA 156  Pharmacology (with a lab)  4
     15
 Quarter four  Summer 2020  
 MA 143  Introduction to Practice Management and Basic Finance (computer lab) 4
 MA 145  Insurance-Based Medical Billing and Coding (computer lab)  4
 MA 154  Clinical Procedures III (with a lab) 4
     12
 Quarter five  Fall 2020  
 MA 200  Practicum with Seminar  8
     8

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Quarter-by-quarter course sequence, hybrid MA program (core medical assisting program), 2020-21

Evening labs will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays every quarter for the hybrid program; summer quarter will also include some Saturday labs.

Course sequence subject to change.

Quarter one  Winter 2020  Credits
 ENGL& 101  English Composition I (online)  5
 MA 113  Introduction to Medical Computing (with a lab) 3
 MA 146  Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant (online) 4
 MA 147  The Human Body in Health and Disease I (online) 4
 MA 151  Protective Practices (with a lab)  2
     18
 Quarter two  Spring 2020  
 MA 108  Medical Law and Ethics (online) 2
 MA 129  Concepts in Effective Communication (online)  2
 MA 141  Medical Office & Electronic Records (with a lab)  3
 MA 148  The Human Body in Health and Disease II (online)  4
 MA 152  Clinical Procedures I (with a lab)  4
     15
 Quarter three  Summer 2020  
 MA 143  Introduction to Practice Management and Basic Finance (computer lab)  4
 MA 145  Insurance-Based Medical Billing and Coding (computer lab) 4
 MA 153  Clinical Procedures II (with a lab)  4
    12
 Quarter four  Fall 2020  
 HLTH 144  Essentials of Care Navigation (online)  5
 MA 154  Clinical Procedures III (with a lab) 4
 MA 156  Pharmacology (with a lab)  4
     13
 Quarter five  Winter 2021  
 MA 200  Practicum with Seminar (with a lab)  8
     8

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