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 assistant program at Renton Technical College has an average retention rate of 92.37% and an average pass rate for the national exam of 96.31% over the last 5 years. The program’s 2018 annual report for the Medical Assisting Education Review Board shows a 91.84% retention rate in 2016  (MAERB, 2018).

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: 

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: 
Annual Job Openings: 

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


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.


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 (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 117 Medical Terminology and the Human Body 4
MEDA 121 Administrative Medical Procedures 4
MEDA 122 Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding 5
MEDA 125 Introduction to Clinical Procedures 6
MEDA 126 Clinical Procedures I 6
MEDA 127 Clinical Procedures II 6
MEDA 130 Career and National Exam Preparation 2
MEDA 132 Introduction to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 3
MEDA 133 Human Health, Disease and Treatment 3
MEDA 150 Medical Law and Ethics 2
MEDA 171 Communications and Human Relations in Healthcare 4
MEDA 192 Practicum 7
MEDA 193 Practicum Seminar 3
AMATH 168G Healthcare Mathematics 4
  Total 71

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  
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 or  
MATH& 107 Math in Society or  
MATH& 141 Pre-Calculus I 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

  • Enter the allied health workforce as a competent entry-level medical assistant in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.   
  • Display professionalism in appearance and job performance. 
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a team member. 
  • Successfully pass a nationally recognized medical assistant credentialing examination upon graduation. 
  • Communicate effectively with a wide variety of patients from different age groups and cultures. 
  • Perform administrative duties related to scheduling, billing, finances and coding. 
  • Practice health information management and utilize Electronic Health Record systems. 
  • Recognize the processes and perform the duties of clinical support.
  • Apply legal concepts within the scope of practice for medical assisting and the healthcare field. 
  • Develop life-long learning skills and the initiative to critically evaluate information and apply it to their personal and professional lives. 


The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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

MAERB (Medical Assistant Education Review Board)


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