Medical Assistants, under the physician’s direction, perform both administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments and maintaining medical records and clinical duties such as taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, drawing blood, getting patients ready for examinations. Medical Assistants typically serve in the outpatient setting at physician’s offices, clinics and multi-specialty facilities.
Certificate of Achievement
This certificate has a total of approximately 71 credits and is usually completed in six quarters. It prepares participants for entry-level positions as Medical Assistants in outpatient settings.
See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.
- Admission 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.
- Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.
The following table outlines the Medical Assistant Certificate program as of Summer 2022:
|AHE 100||Introduction to Healthcare||5 Cr.|
|AHE 110||Medical Terminology||5 Cr.|
|AHE 120||Safety for Healthcare||2 Cr.|
|BIOL 108 |
– OR –
– OR –
* t BIOL 241
– AND –
* t BIOL 242
– – –
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology I
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology II
– – –
– – –
– – –
|Medical Administrative Assistant Program Courses|
|AHEA 100||Medical Law & Ethics||3 Cr.|
|AHEA 102||Introduction to Medical Administration||5 Cr.|
|AHEA 104||Introduction to Billing & Coding||5 Cr.|
|AHEA 106||Medical Computer Systems||5 Cr.|
|Clinical Laboratory Courses|
|AHEL 110||Introduction to Phlebotomy||5 Cr.|
|AHEL 120||Introduction to Clinical Laboratory||5 Cr.|
|Medical Assistant Program Courses|
|BIOL 125||Survey of Human Diseases||5 Cr.|
|AHEP 100||Introduction to Pharmacology||3 Cr.|
|AHEP 101||Medication Administration and Calculation||3 Cr.|
|AHEM 120||Clinical Skills||3 Cr.|
|AHEM 122||Clinical Diagnostics||3 Cr.|
|AHEM 124||Clinical Procedures||3 Cr.|
|AHEM 128||Medical Assistant Practicum||5 Cr.|
Total MA-C Certificate: 70-77 Cr.
BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.
Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for national certification exams, and apply for Washington State MA-C (Medical Assistant-Certified) certification. This is a multi-step process, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an Allied Health advisor to review certification goals and plan.
“Completion of the Bellevue College MA-C program (and completion of a professional certification exam through AAMA or NUCC) meets Washington State requirements for licensing in the field of medical assisting.”
More information for Out of State students can be found at: bellevuecollege.edu/elearning/start/out-of-state/
Projected employment for Medical Assistants in the United States from 2020 to 2030 is expected to increase by 18% in the United States and by more than 24% in the state of Washington according to CareerOneStop.
Last Updated May 8, 2023