Medical Assisting

Are you interested in a career in health care, but are not sure where to begin? Medical assistants play a unique role, combining clinical training with administrative skills to work in the office, exam room, and medical lab. They work closely with patients and medical staff to provide excellent service and ensure a patient’s stay is as comfortable and beneficial as possible. Medical assistants are able to start working in the health care field with a shorter amount of formal training compared to a 4-year degree or medical school.

What’s Different at SPSCC?

Worker Retraining funds. Some students qualify for Worker Retraining, which helps pay for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and more. Learn if you qualify for Worker Retraining >.

Be prepared for your certification exam. SPSCC’s medical assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As a graduate of this program, you’ll be eligible for the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

Work towards your degree with Online and Evening Studies. This program includes online, evening and weekend classes, letting you best fit your coursework into your busy schedule.

Program Outcomes

CAAHEP requires all Medical Assisting Programs to make public measurable program outcomes. In compliance with this rule, South Puget Sound Community College is publishing outcome data for 2016:

  • Student Retention: 81.58%
  • Job Placement: 70.97%
  • National Exam Passage: 90.91%
  • Employer satisfaction rate: 90%
  • Graduate satisfaction rate: 100%

Careers in Medical Assisting

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Department/Division Contact

Natural and Applied Sciences
Carolyn Fuller

360-596-5297