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Medical Assisting


Medical assisting programs prepare people to work in medical offices and clinics under the supervision of nurses or doctors.

Medical assisting programs include topics such as:


Medical assistants also have the opportunity to specialize. For example, a medical assistant might be interested in eye medicine. By taking additional courses, students can prepare to work as an ophthalmic medical assistant.


Many career and technical schools as well as many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in medical assisting. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in medical assisting. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Some programs include clinical practicums or externships. These are real-life, hands-on opportunities to apply your classroom learning to a medical office or clinic.

Things to Know

Licensing is not necessary for medical assistants. Some states do require that medical assistants take tests to demonstrate their ability to do certain medical tasks. Also, many employers value medical assisting certification. Students who complete this program may qualify to take a national certification exam.


East Side Area

Big Bend Community College

Charter College--East Wenatchee

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston)

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Health Professionals Institute

Highline College

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

North Seattle College

Pima Medical Institute-Renton

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Carrington College

Horizon Medical Institute

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Charter College--Fife

Clover Park Technical College

Tri-Cities Area

Charter College

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Charter College--Vancouver

Clark College

West Side Area

Centralia College

Charter College--Lacey

Grays Harbor College

Job Corps - Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy

Lower Columbia College

Peninsula College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Area

Charter College--Yakima

Perry Technical Institute

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (Grandview)