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).

Program Outcomes

In accordance with the MAERB Policy 210, CAAHEP-accredited programs are required to publish outcomes to provide valuable information about the Medical Assisting program to demonstrate success and accountability. In compliance with the policy, South Puget Sound Community College presents the following outcomes for the admission cohort of 2020:

  • Exam Passage Rate 2020:  95.5%
  • Employer Satisfaction 2020: 100%
  • Graduate Satisfaction 2020: 100%


In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Medical Assisting Program Director at South Puget Sound Community College has obtained the legal opinion of the CEO and Legal Counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, relating to education requirements for medical assistant licensure in the United States.

There are six states that require completion of formal medical assisting education as a prerequisite for working as a medical assistant, or to be delegated certain tasks while working as a medical assistant: Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.

The South Puget Sound Community College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). All CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs meet the education requirements in these six states.

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Job Titles

  • Medical Assistant

  • Medical Secretary

  • Medical Administrative Assistant