Whatcom Community College’s physical campus is closed beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks to ensure alignment with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Online instruction and working remotely will continue. Students and employees should not come to campus during this time. Spring quarter instruction will still begin online on Wednesday, April 15.

It is important to emphasize that Whatcom Community College remains operational and dedicated to ensuring the academic mission continues through this challenging time. We have moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible to keep our community healthy. Remote services will differ for various service areas, departments, and resources. Visit this remote services directory to learn how you can easily access the WCC services you need without visiting campus. 

Please continue to check your email and for regular updates. 

Enroll today!

Enrollment packets for the hybrid medical assisting program starting winter 2020 are being accepted while space remains available. Submit your complete enrollment packet and related materials today! See "How to Enroll" for details.

Meeting current and emerging standards

Whatcom’s medical assisting degree and certificate program is frequently reviewed by faculty and the program’s advisory committee (composed of physicians, employers of medical assistants, and currently practicing medical assistants) to ensure the program curriculum and outcomes are aligned to state and industry standards of practice.

Program innovations in recent years include:

  • Alignment with new Washington state laws for medical assisting credentials and scope of practice
  • Health information technology infused throughout curriculum to prepare students to use electronic health/medical records while securely maintaining patient information
  • Development and implementation of a series of simulation scenarios to help students acquire and/or reinforce the professionalism skills that employers and patients expect and value

Certification exam pass rates

Graduates of Whatcom Community College's medical assisting program passed the national certification exam at a rate of 93.75% for the cohort that graduated in fall 2016. The pass rate is calculated based on the number of WCC medical assisting graduates who successfully passed the exam divided by the number who took it.


8525815242_8qNcHWhatcom Community College's medical assisting certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting 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 (



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