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).
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: 100%
- Graduate satisfaction rate: 90%
Careers in Medical Assisting
Medical assistants are in high demand in the South Sound region and throughout the country, with a projected 29% growth resulting in around 184,000 new jobs through 2026. As the population ages, physicians require more skilled medical assistants to help handle routine administrative and clinical tasks so that they can service as many patients as possible.
Career overview, pay rate, work environment, and more (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics):
- Local career paths in health care (Washington State MapYourCareer)
- Video profiles of health care workers in the Seattle area (Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
- Being a Medical Assistant at Virginia Mason
Degrees & Certificates
- Medical Assisting (Associate in Applied Science)
Department/Division ContactNatural and Applied Sciences