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Medical Assisting

Department Overview
The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a career as a Medical Assistant. The program combines instruction in core courses directed toward all healthcare providers with courses specific to Medical Assisting. Completion of the Medical Assisting program will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry level position in Medical Assisting. Medical Assisting courses will combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in classroom and laboratory settings. Clinical training through internships in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom and laboratory in actual healthcare settings.

Medical Assistants are skilled professionals who have specific training to work in a physician's office or a clinic. Medical Assistants perform administrative functions and basic clerical skills, including writing business letters, compilation and filing of patient records, medical insurance coding and processing third party reimbursement, transcription, reception, and preparing requisitions. Additionally, Medical Assistants are trained in many clinical skills, including obtaining vital signs, sterile technique, assisting physicians with diagnostic testing, minor surgical procedures and physical examinations, administering medications orally and via injection, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and processing/sterilization of medical equipment by autoclaving or other methods of disinfection.

The Walla Walla Community College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
www.caahep.org
 

Degrees
The Medical Assisting program may be completed in four quarters of full time study. These courses will combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in classroom and laboratory settings. Clinical training through internships in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom and laboratory in actual healthcare settings.

Entrance Requirements
Depending upon placement testing, students may need to complete additional prerequisite coursework in computer and keyboarding skills. Students must have a high school diploma or GED® prior to entering the program.