Medical Assistant Certificate

Medical Assistant Program (MAP) graduates may assume positions as multi-skilled allied health professionals who perform a wide range of duties in physicians’ offices, clinics, and other outpatient healthcare settings.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Approx. # of Quarters: 5

Estimated Cost: $7,685.60

Admission Dates: Summer and Winter quarter start dates for the day program and Fall and Spring quarter start dates for the evening program.

Prerequisites: Students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with an Instructor once the student has registered for MAP 105.

This program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon successful completion of the MAP, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

The MAP curriculum includes 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, basic asepsis, and microbiology.

Students are trained in administrative and clinical procedures performed in physicians’ offices, and the curriculum meets the requirement for certification as a Health Care Assistant, State of Washington, categories A, C, and E. Training will include, but not limited to, professional telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, interviewing and instructing patients, making arrangements for patient admission to a hospital, maintaining financial records and files, completing insurance forms, preparing and maintaining employees’ payroll records, assisting patients in preparing for examinations, cleaning and sterilizing instruments and equipment, collecting specimens, performing electrocardiograms, and assisting physicians with treatments and surgeries.

Included in this program are general education courses in math, public speaking, and sociology, providing knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development enhanced. Additional courses included in the MAP consist of the following: CAH 102 Medical Terminology, CAH 103 Introduction to Health Professions, and CAH 105 Computer Applications for Allied Health Professionals. There is an acceptable replacement course for MAP 168.

This program is approximately five quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Students will receive HIV/AIDS and HIPPA certifications from the program, but must obtain a First Aid/CPR for Health Professionals/ Providers card external to the program and prior to externship. Externship hours will vary and will be completed during the day hours for both day and evening students. Students, with the assistance of the Instructors and/or clinical placement coordinator, will have the opportunity to choose and/or secure their own externship site. Upon completion of the MAP, students will graduate with a Certificate of Completion. No MAP course may be taken more than twice.

Students are required to show proof of a high school diploma or High School Equivalency Exam upon entry into the MAP. All MAP courses in quarters one through four, including general education courses, must be successfully completed before entering the fifth quarter. Before entering the fifth quarter Invasive course, students must show proof of current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status before they are able to receive entry codes for the fifth quarter. This includes, but is not limited to, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Measles/ Mumps/ Rubella, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Tuberculosis skin testing is also required.

In order to participate in the externship, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and/or a Criminal Background Check. Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations.

Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office. No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Once a student begins in either the day or evening program section, they will be unable to change sections without authorization from an Instructor and is also dependent on space available.

Program Accreditation

The Medical Assistant Program at Clover Park Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
CAH 102 Medical Terminology 5
CAH 103 Introduction to Health Professions 5
CAH 105CL Computer Applications for Allied Health Professions 5
MAP 105 Introduction to Medical Assisting 4
MAP 125 Medical Assistant Theory & Applications I 7
MAP 130 Medical Assistant Theory & Applications II 7
MAP 149 Medical Assistant Theory & Applications III 7
MAP 143 Medical Office Procedures 6
MAP 148 Health Insurance, Coding Practices and Billing & Collecting 4
MAP 162 Automated Computer Applications 3
MAP 167 Preparation for Externship 2
MAP 168 Basic Coding & Financing Practices for ACTG 110 6
MAP 221 Invasive Procedures 5
MAP 222 Community Employment Opportunities & Loc 1
MAP 232 Externship 10
CMST& 220 Public Speaking 5
MAT 108 Math for Health Occupations (or higher required) 5
SOC& 101DIV Introduction to Sociology 5
  Total Credits for Completion 92