Medical Assistant – Certified (MA-C)

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:

Foundation Courses
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
– OR –
AHE 130
– OR –
* t BIOL& 241
– AND –
* t BIOL& 242
Human Biology
– – –
Human Systems
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology I
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
– – –
5 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

17-24 Cr.


Medical Administrative Assistant Program Courses
AHEA 100Medical Law & Ethics3 Cr.
AHEA 102Introduction to Medical Administration5 Cr.
AHEA 104Introduction to Billing & Coding5 Cr.
AHEA 106Medical Computer Systems5 Cr.

Sub-Total MAA:

18 Cr.


Clinical Laboratory Courses
AHEL 110Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 120Introduction to Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.

Sub-Total MA:

10 Cr.


Medical Assistant Program Courses
BIOL 125 Survey of Human Diseases5 Cr.
AHEP 100Introduction to Pharmacology3 Cr.
AHEP 101Medication Administration and Calculation3 Cr.
AHEM 120Clinical Skills3 Cr.
AHEM 122Clinical Diagnostics3 Cr.
AHEM 124Clinical Procedures3 Cr.
AHEM 128Medical Assistant Practicum5 Cr.

Sub-Total MA:

25 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:

Career Outlook

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 December 20, 2023