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Medical Assisting Apprenticeship


The MA Certificate is a collection of courses that consist of the Related Supplemental Instruction of the Medical Assisting Apprenticeship.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Certificate Full Time:
Part Time:

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (206) 934-4068. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.


Course Course ID Credits Availability

Covers fundamental principles, including a overview of medical practices and the healthcare team, certification and professional organizations. Effective communication related to communication in healthcare is addressed. Includes cultural perspectives on illness. Introduces the student to legal and ethical concepts related to ambulatory healthcare. Emphasizes critical thinking, HIV/AIDS education, and emergency preparedness. Prereq: Enrollment in program.

CMAA 131 3.0

Provides students with opportunities to acquire knowledge of the medical front office focusing on skills and techniques required for the clinical and administrative functions of a medical assistant in an ambulatory care setting. Covers the office environment, computer medical application, telephone techniques, professional correspondence, and medical records management relative to electronic health records. Prereq: Must be enrolled in the Certified Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program.

CMAA 132 2.0

Introduces medical assisting theory and how to apply it to medical assisting clinical practice. Clinical practice will include vital signs, equipment sterilization, diagnostic procedures, roles & responsibilities when assisting physicians, etc. Medical device knowledge will include wheelchairs, crutches, nebulizers, audiometry equipment, etc. Communication, documentation, and patient education concepts introduced. Anatomy & physiology of the urinary, endocrine, & reproductive systems introduced.

CMAA 133 2.0

Covers insurance and the electronic billing process, financial accounting aspects of medical practices, and health insurance and numeric / alphanumeric codes utilized in healthcare for the purpose of maintaining accurate medical records and ensuring efficient claims processes. Students provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge within a simulated medical office setting. Emphasizes varied types of health insurance, billing, and bookkeeping.

CMAA 134 2.0

Provides students with a professional environment within a simulated clinic setting focused on invasive procedures. Students are introduced to phlebotomy, CLIA waived tests theories, procedures and values, specimen handling and transport, safe clinical practices, and effective medical record documentation and practical application of skills as related to the medical assistant in a healthcare provider environment. Students will gain knowledge of structure & functioning of different systems.

CMAA 135 4.0

A review of all administrative and clinical procedures. This course is to prepare students for successful completion of Medical Assistant certification exams.

CMAA 136 3.0

Introduces the theory and practical procedures in calculating medication dosages and administering medications. Theory includes legal and ethical factors, the medication order or prescription, dosages, drug labels, calculating dosages, the seven rights of drug administration, and various routes to deliver medications. These routes include practice in oral medications, and various parenteral routes: injections, intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular.

CMAA 137 4.0