WCC offers two options for aspiring medical assistants: an AS degree or a certificate. The difference between the two is in the number of general education/related instruction courses that a student completes. The program options run concurrently and are primarily a full-time course of study. The core courses for both the degree and certificate take 4-5 consecutive quarters to complete. All MA degree or certificate programs start each fall quarter annually. Program space is limited and a special application process and fee is required.
All students in the MA degree / certificate program take the same clinical training and administrative skill coursework. Upon graduating from the MA degree or certificate program, students are eligible to take an exam to become Certified Medical Assistants.
Quarter-by-Quarter Course Sequence
|MA 108||Medical Law and Ethics||2|
|MA 120||Clinical Procedures l||6|
|MA 122||Communications in Healthcare Systems (HR)||4|
|MA 127||Clinical Anatomy and Pathophysiology l||6|
|MA 121||Clinical Procedures ll||6|
|MA 123||The Medical Office and Electronics Records||5|
|MA128||Clinical Anatomy and Pathphysiology ll||6|
|MA 135||Medical Procedural Coding||3|
|MA 119||Medical Insurances and Finances (CP)||4|
|MA 124||Computerized Medical Billing||3|
|MA 131||Clinical Procedures lll||3|
|MA 136||Pharmacology (CP)||4|
|MA 137||Pharmacology Lab||2|
|MA 155||Medical Diagnostics||3|
|MA 142||Practicum Seminar||2|
Study options: the IBEST program
IBEST stands for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training. An IBEST program is one that allows students who are working on their basic educational skills (English and Math) to study in a professional technical program at the same time. What the student experiences is two teachers in the classroom and an extra support class to ensure full understanding of classroom information.
WCC's IBEST program takes students through the courses for the Medical Front Office Reception or Medical Billing and Coding Certificates in 7-8 quarters. Students must have Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) test scores in a certain range to qualify for the IBEST program. The CASAS test can be taken on the Whatcom campus. Call the Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language (ABE/ESL) office at 360.383.3060 for more information.
If you think you are interested in this program or would like more information, please email your questions to Entry & Advising or call 360.383.3080.