Medical Administrative Assistant

The person in the position of medical administrative assistant is often the first person a client or patient talks to when entering a medical office, clinic, hospital, or other healthcare facility. Common tasks include greeting the patient, taking information, referring patient questions to appropriate sources, scheduling visits, answering the phone, and other duties as assigned by the employer.

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of 49 credits and is usually completed is three (3) quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions in outpatient settings.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Acceptance to Bellevue College as a credit student
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101 for advanced classes
  • Completion of Foundation and Program courses


Foundation Courses
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
AHE 130
- OR -
BIOL 108
Human Systems
- - -
Human Biology
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
AHE 140
- OR -
CMST 280
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Intercultural Communication
5 Cr.
HLTH 145Wellness for Healthcare3 Cr.
Technology Courses
BTS 104Key Boarding Review1 Cr.
BTS 161Business Software Essentials5 Cr.
Program Courses
AHEA 100Medical Law and Ethics3 Cr.
AHEA 102Introduction to Medical Administration5 Cr.
AHEA 104Introduction to Billing and Coding5 Cr.
AHEA 106Medical Computer Systems5 Cr.


49 Cr.

Career Opportunities

The medical administrative assistant employee goes by many names: receptionist, staffing assistant, admitting registrar, patient care coordinator.

Course Scheduling

The following medical administrative assistant course schedules are recommendations.