Medical Assistant

Medical assistants work in the frontlines of medical care, helping physicians and specialists with medical procedures and administrative duties. It is a good profession for someone who wants to quickly enter the field of healthcare. Students in this program will learn how to set up patients for examinations, draw blood for basic lab studies, administer medications, perform EKGs, assist with minor surgical procedures, and perform front office tasks related to medical records and billing. The program includes a clinical practicum where students will practice their skills in the field. Students will be prepared to take all of the four nationally recognized medical assistant credentialing exams. Passing any of the exams earns a person the credential to work as a medical assistant.

The medical assisting program at Renton Technical College has an average retention rate of 85% and a 97% graduate satisfaction rate for the past five years (source: MAERB, 2017).


Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter

Medical Assistant

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
71 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
6 Quarters
91 Credits
AAS - Transfer: 
6 Quarters
91 Credits
Bachelor of Applied Science: 
N/A
N/A

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
$31,540 per year; $15.17 per hour
Projected Growth: 
29%
Annual Job Openings: 
4,640

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit careerinfo.net

Tuition

At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.

Scholarships

The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.


All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hybrid: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Jim Robinson, Lea Hoffman, Celinda Wilson, Priscilla Seng


Entry Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Student must be attending high school, possess a high school equivalency certificate, or be a high school graduate. Must possess a high school diploma or GED to sit for the credentialing exam.
  • Students must complete and pass a Nationwide criminal background check (Crimes against persons list) within 3 months prior to admission into the program at http://portal.castlebranch.com/rr63 (use package code RR69)
  • Students must meet vaccination and program specified health requirements in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control Healthcare Provider immunization guidelines. This includes the submission of original lab results, x-ray reports and immunizations. All records will be dated and signed by the student’s healthcare provider.
  • Individual health insurance, for both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Current (within one year) evaluation by a physician or nurse practitioner to ensure student and patient safety. The evaluation should address the following areas in respect to the student's ability to perform the laboratory skills and clinical responsibilities related to becoming a Medical Assistant:
    • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and to reach overhead.
    • Ability to stand or walk for long periods.
  • Communication involving patient care in the clinical setting is critical to patient safety. All students should understand the English language, both verbal and written.

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Course Information

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
MEDA 102 BLS Provider CPR/AED 2
MEDA 108 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MEDA 109 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MEDA 132 Diseases of the Human Body I 3
MEDA 133 Diseases of the Human Body II 3
MEDA 117 Medical Terminology and the Human Body 4
MEDA 121 Administrative Medical Procedures 5
MEDA 122 Insurance and Medical Billing and Coding 5
MEDA 125 Introduction to Clinical Procedures 6
MEDA 126 Clinical Procedures I 6
MEDA 127 Clinical Procedures II 6
MEDA 130 Practicum and Career Preparation 5
MEDA 171 Communications and Human Relations in Healthcare 4
MEDA 192 Practicum 9
MEDA 193 Practicum Seminar 3
AMATH 168 Healthcare Mathematics 4
Total   75

General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
Total   20

General Education Course Requirements for AAS-T Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology or  
SOC& 101 Survey of Sociology 5
Additional college level electives   5
Total   20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Medical Assistant Program:

  • Enter the allied health workforce as a competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  • Display professionalism in appearance and job performance
  • Communicate effectively with a wide variety of patients from different age groups and cultures
  • Apply legal concepts within the scope of practice for Medical Assisting and Healthcare field
  • Enter the allied health workforce as a competent entry-level medical assistant
  • Successfully pass a nationally recognized Medical Assistant credentialing examination upon graduation
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member in the delivery of healthcare
  • The medical assisting program at Renton Technical College has a national credentialing exam pass rate of over 95%
  • An average retention rate of over 80% for the past five years

Accreditation

The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
(727) 210-2350

www.caahep.org

MAERB (Medical Assistant Education Review Board)

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