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10 Best Medical Assistant Programs in Washington for 2019

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1) Renton Technical College Ranking Score: 91.50

Locations: Renton

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate, A.A.S. Degree

Renton Technical College (RTC) provides you excellent opportunity to become a competent medical assistant in the ever-growing healthcare industry. At RTC, you can opt for a 75-credit certificate program which can be completed in four quarters or a 95-credit associate degree program which takes around six quarters. Upon completion of the certificate program you can transfer your credits to the AAS program and earn your degree by completing 20 more credits.

*Both programs are a mix of classroom studies and hybrid format, along with lab training and clinical practicum. Enrollments start every fall and winter.

2) South Puget Sound Community College Ranking Score: 91.00

Locations: Olympia

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: A.A.S. Degree

You can enroll into the 90-95-credit hour med assisting program at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) which comprises of core MA coursework, general education courses and a 200-hour unpaid externship in clinical and clerical settings. It typically takes 7-8 quarters to complete the entire coursework and earn the A.A.S. Degree. Graduates qualify to sit for the national certification exam offered by AAMA.

3) Everett Community College Ranking Score: 90.50

Locations: Everett

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

Everett Community College offers MA education with three options:

- 85-credit certificate program which prepares you for entry-level positions in patient care settings.

- 90-credit associate in technical arts program which includes entire coursework of certificate program plus additional elective courses.

- 110-credit associate in applied science (AAS-T) degree program which not only brightens your employment opportunities but also enables you for a smooth transfer to 4-year degrees in selective universities or colleges.

*All programs include core MA coursework and a 160-hour externship in a clinical setting.

4) Lake Washington Institute of Technology Ranking Score: 89.50

Locations: Kirkland

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificates & Associate Degree

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers 4 different types of MA programs (3 Certificates and 1 AAS)

Certificate Programs

- 30-credit medical office administration program which primarily focuses on clerical procedures and can be completed in four quarters. Program starts every quarter.

- 39-credit MA office administration (I-BEST) - This is a short-term course and can be completed in three quarters. Classes begin each fall.

- 85-credit MA certificate of proficiency - This is six quarter program which includes core MA curriculum, 180-hour clinical practicum, and general education courses. Classes start every quarter.

A.A.S: This is a 90-credit coursework which includes entire MA core studies and general education courses. The program starts every fall, spring, winter and summer. Typically, you can complete this program in six quarters.

5) Whatcom Community College Ranking Score: 89.25

Locations: Bellingham

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

Whatcom Community College offers a 66-credit certificate course and a 90-credit associate degree course for students interesting in pursuing a career in med assisting. Certificate coursework includes only core topics such as med terminology, clinical & clerical processes, anatomy, and an 8-credit practicum with seminar, whereas associate degree course comprises of entire certificate curriculum and additional studies in general education. Both courses will prepare you for a promising career in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates can also take the national certification exam to boost their employment chances.

* Both these courses are offered in two different modes – The on-campus mode begins each fall and hybrid mode which is a mix of online classes and on-campus lab training begins each winter.

6) Clark College Ranking Score: 88.75

Locations: Vancouver

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

You can pursue medical assisting training in WA, at the Vancouver campus of Clark College by applying for the 80-credit certificate of proficiency (CP) which includes core MA studies and a clinical practicum comprising of 11-hour classroom teachings and 165-hour externship. Clark College also offers a 96-credit MA (AAT) program which includes entire coursework of certificate program plus additional advanced studies.

Upon completion of any of these two programs, you will be capable to perform clinical and administrative duties required to effectively run medical offices/clinics. You will also be eligible to take the CMA exam.

7) Clover Park Technical College Ranking Score: 88.00

Locations: Lakewood

Accreditation: CAAHEP

Program Type: Certificate

The 5-quarter MA course offered at Clover Park Technical College is available through online live and hybrid options. With full-time enrollment policy, this course is offered in flexible day and evening classes. Coursework includes clerical and clinical training, along with an externship in clinical settings where you get to practice assisting physicians by working directly with the patients. Upon completion of this course, you can look for a variety of jobs in healthcare ambulatory settings. You can also further your studies with A.A.T degree or take the national certification exam to brighten your employment opportunities.

8) Pima Medical Institute Ranking Score: 85.75

Locations: Renton & Seattle

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Certificate

In as little as 9 months, you can start a rewarding career as a medical assistant by completing the 34-credit coursework offered at Pima Medical Institute. Curriculum is classified into career prep sequence courses, four professional sequence courses and a 200-hour clinical externship. Apart from the first professional sequence course, you can take the other three in any order. Upon graduation, you will be able to effectively take medical histories & vital stats of patients, assist physicians during examination of patients, and conduct laboratory and clerical duties in a medical clinic or patient care facilities.

9) Carrington College Ranking Score: 84.55

Locations: Spokane

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Certificate & Associate

You can earn an MA certificate in less than a year and an associate degree within two years at Carrington College. Both courses will prepare you to efficiently perform clerical and clinical procedures in outpatient facilities, acute centers or physicians’ offices. At Carrington, apart from classroom studies, lab training and practicum you will also receive outside the classroom support, financial aid and career services which will help you in your quest to find the right job.

10) Charter College Ranking Score: 83.23

Locations: East Wenatchee, Fife, Lacey, Pasco, Vancouver & Yakima

Accreditation: ABHES

Program Type: Certificate

Charter College offers 10-month med assisting education at its six campuses located in Washington. The program is a combination of lab training and classroom lectures. Classes begin typically every month throughout the year and you will be trained to perform clerical and clinical duties in a variety of healthcare facilities. Coursework includes core MA studies and a 180-hour clinical practicum at a physician’s office, acute care center, or other patient care facility depending on the location of your campus.

Special note: MA students need to clear national certification exam or attempt it twice to meet the graduation requirements.