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 4-quarter (1-year) 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

The winter cohort offers morning classes (between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.).
The spring cohort offers afternoon classes (between 1 - 5 p.m.).
The fall cohort offers evening classes (between 5 – 9:30 p.m.).

New: 100% online instruction with virtual simulations now available.

Our program includes:

  • Electronic medical records
  • Patient clinical care services
  • Medical insurance
  • Finances
  • Coding
  • Medical terminology
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Administrative procedures
  • Computer proficiency
  • Keyboarding
  • Customer service

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.

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).

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Clearwater, FL 33756

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Health Education Center
Seattle Central College
Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill
1200 12th Ave. S