Why Choose the Medical Assistant Program?
Medical assistants are multi-skilled allied health professionals with a variety of duties in the workplace. As such, CPTC's Medical Assistant program curriculum covers a wide range of areas, including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, oral and written communication, administrative procedures, financial record keeping, mathematics, insurance billing and medical coding, basic office diagnostic procedures, principles of pharmacology and medication administration, venipuncture, medical and surgical asepsis, and microbiology. Students receive training in administrative and clinical procedures performed in physicians' offices and/or clinics, and graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants. If you have a passion for helping people and are comfortable communicating with a diverse patient population and assisting in a wide range of areas in the office, this program and career path might be the right one for you.
How Long It Takes:
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.
The Medical Assistant Program's exam passage rate for 2016 is 91.30%; the five-year average for the exam passage rate is 84.16%.
Median annual pay in Washington:
$35,300 per year
This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.
Medical Assistant Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Medical Assistant program, students will:
- Perform patient intake by interpreting new information and asking clarifying questions.
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a team atmosphere through collaborative work habits and attitudes.
- Demonstrate ethical and legal behaviors by following standards, policies, and procedures of the medical assistant scope of practice.
- Show technical literacy by utilizing specialized software; retrieving, managing, and interpreting data using specialized software.
- Perform a variety of clinical and/or administrative tasks safely and effectively as an entry-level medical assistant.
- Qualify to take a national certification exam to become credentialed in the State of Washington.
- Utilize the knowledge of the credentialing process to apply for an interim medical assistant certification.
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