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Whatcom offers the following degree and certificate:
Degree:
Associate in Science (AS) - Medical Assisting
Certificate:
Medical Assisting

 

Associate in Science (AS) - Medical Assisting

The medical assisting degree prepares students to perform a broad range of administrative and clinical tasks under the supervision of a physician/provider in a doctor's office or other medical setting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2020)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION   Credits
Placement into MATH 87 or higher or completion of MATH 94 or higher; and placement into ENGL& 101  0
 ENGL& 101  English composition I (CM)  5
 CMST 245  Introduction to organizational communication 5
 or CMST& 210  Interpersonal communication  5
 PSYC& 100  General psychology (HR)  5
 Any MATH course numbered 100 or above (CP)  5
 or BUS 100  Business math (CP)  5
 or Any college level course designated as computation on the Related Instruction list. (CP)  5
 Subtotal  20
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: General  Credits
 HLTH 144  Essentials of care navigation  5
 MA 108  Medical law and ethics  2
 MA 113  Introduction to medical computing  3
 MA 129  Concepts in effective communication  2
 MA 146  Medical terminology for the medical assistant  4
 Subtotal  16
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Clinical  Credits
 MA 147  The human body in health and disease I  4
 MA 148  The human body in health and disease II  4
 MA 151  Protective practices  2
 MA 152  Clinical procedures I  4
 MA 153  Clinical procedures II  4
 MA 154  Clinical procedures III  4
 MA 156  Pharmacology  4
 Subtotal  26
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Administrative  Credits
 MA 141  Medical office & electronic records  3
 MA 143  Intro to practice management and basic finance  4
 MA 145  Insurance-based medical billing and coding  4
 Subtotal  11
 CORE REQUIREMENTS: Practicum  Credits
 MA 200  Practicum with seminar  8
 Subtotal  8
 ELECTIVES/COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE  Credits
 Any college level course numbered 100 or above, from the following disciplines: BIOL, BTEC, CHEM, CMST, CS, EDPL, HLTH, MA, MATH, NUTR, OFFAD or PSYC. Must have two different disciplines.  9
 Subtotal  9
 Total  90

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Certificate - Medical Assisting

The medical assisting certificate prepares students to perform a broad range of administrative and clinical tasks under the supervision of a physician/provider in a doctor's office or other medical setting.

Course requirements (effective fall 2020)

 CORE REQUIREMENTS  Credits
 Placement into MATH 87 or higher, or completion MATH 94 or above; and placement into ENGL& 101.  0
 ENGL& 101  English composition I (CM) 5
 HLTH 144  Essentials of care navigation 5
 MA 108  Medical law and ethics  2
 MA 113  Introduction to medical computing  3
 MA 129  Concepts in effective communication 2
 MA 141  Medical office & electronic records  3
 MA 143  Intro to practice management and basic finance (CP)  4
 MA 145  Insurance-based medical billing and coding (CP)  4
 MA 146  Medical terminology for the medical assistant 4
 MA 147  The human body in health and disease I  4
 MA 148  The human body in health and disease II  4
 MA 151  Protective practices (CP) 2
 MA 152  Clinical procedures I (CP) 4
 MA 153  Clinical procedures II (CP)  4
 MA 154  Clinical procedures III (CP)  4
 MA 156  Pharmacology (CP)  4
 MA 200  Practicum with seminar  8
 Subtotal  66
 Total  66
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