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. In the fourth quarter the students will
have a 198 hour unpaid clinical externship in a medical office working directly with providers.
The Spokane Community College Medical Assistant Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
(www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs:
25400 US Highway 19 N
Clearwater, Florida 33763
Phone: (727) 210-2350
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