Medical Assisting

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About the Program

Are you interested in working alongside doctors and nurses? Do you enjoy fast-paced work and caring for others? If so, a career as a Medical Assistant might be the perfect fit for you.

Our Medical Assistant Certificate program provides enhanced learning opportunities in our new Medical Assisting simulation lab at the Health Education Center. Our graduates leave with the skills needed for today's modern healthcare settings.

No prerequisites are required. Students are only required to meet program eligibility requirements

Our fully-accredited program is designed to prepare graduates for their Certified Medical Assistant examination. Students who pass this examination become nationally certified, and are eligible to apply for Washington state-level certification.

CMA Program Info Sheet and Cost Estimate

Class Schedule Options

Medical Assisting admits new cohorts every quarter. Start in a quarter that offers the class meeting time that works best for you.

If you prefer morning classes (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.), start winter quarter or summer quarter.
If you prefer afternoon classes (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), start spring quarter.
If you prefer evening classes (5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.), start fall quarter.
* Your class meeting time will remain the same throughout the duration of the program.

Program Options

There are now three different options for earning your Certified Medical Assisting Certificate through Seattle Central College:

  1. The standard option: 4-quarter (1 year) program taught in hybrid format, combining face-to-face and online learning
  2. The fully online option: 4-quarter (1 year) program taught 100% online
  3. The accelerated option: 3-quarter (9 month) accelerated hybrid program

AAS-T Degree Option

Want to boost your certificate in Medical Assisting? Upon completion of our certified medical assisting program, you are approximately 2/3 of the way finished with the AAS-T in Allied Health: Generalist degree! For more information about this option, please visit the AAS-T in Allied Health: Generalist.

Medical Assisting students working together

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting jobs will grow 29 percent over the next decade

A typical day on the job includes: Taking patient vitals, preparing patients for surgery, reviewing daily patient schedules with a physician, organizing charts, filling out paperwork and health forms. Our graduates work in emergency departments, primary care clinics, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and more.

Over the past five years, we graduate 76 percent of our students who start with us and 98 percent of our graduates are satisfied with the program.

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program's Gainful Employment information(pdf).


The Seattle Central College Medical Assisting program is a chapter of the National Technical Honor Society, which provides scholarships to career and technical education students who choose a skilled trade as their career.


The Seattle Central College Medical Assistant Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 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

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Seattle Central College's Medical Assisting program is intended to meet the educational requirements for licensing/certification in the State of Washington only. Seattle Central College has not determined if the Medical Assisting curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in any other state. Additional information about licensure/certification concerns can be found on the NC-SARA webpage. Please contact eLearning with any questions at


Health Education Center
Seattle Central College
Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill
1200 12th Ave. S
Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98144