Average length of program:
Certificate (4 quarters) or A.A.S. degree (7 quarters)
The Medical Assistant is an allied health professional who assists physicians and other health care
providers in their offices or other medical settings. In accordance with respective state laws, they
perform a broad range of administrative and clinical duties. In the Medical Assistant program at
Spokane Community College, students learn about the administrative duties of scheduling and receiving
patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing basic secretarial skills and medical
transcription, handling telephone calls, writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the
physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances.
The clinical phase of the program
is taught through intense training and hands-on application. Students learn to perform clinical
duties, including asepsis and infection control, taking patient histories and vital signs, first
aid and CPR, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and
treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests, and preparing
and administering medications as directed by the physician.
The Spokane Community College Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum review Board of
the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of
Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park street Clearwater, Florida 33756, 1(727)210-2350.
The MA program does not allow for advance standing placement or challenging of MA courses.