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Medical Assistant

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The Industry

As more people reach retirement age, and with ever increasing technological advancements in health care, more people are living longer than at any time in history. Because of these and other factors, Medical Assistants as a profession are in very high demand, with a projected job growth of 29 percent between 2010 and 2020. The median income for Medical Assistants is $30,780 a year, with excellent medical and retirement benefits available at most jobs. The earning potential for graduates is well over the national average for most other occupations.

Our Medical Assistant Program

Prepares students with a wide range of skills to assist in health care settings

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Medical Assistants are multi-skilled practitioners who perform in a wide range of skills in physician offices and other health care settings. Program graduates assist physicians and other health care practitioners on many aspects of medical practice, including patient care management, administrative, and clinical procedures. Clinical procedures include: assisting with physical examinations, phlebotomy (blood draw), administering injections, performing electrocardiograms (EKGs), and instrument sterilization.

Accreditation, Credentialing & Certification

The Centralia College MA Program is accredited at the institutional level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

The CC MA Program is affiliated with the American Medical Technologists (AMT) organization. The AMT is one of four national credentialing organizations that provide written examinations for MA graduates to become certified at the national level. This national certification is now required to work in the state of Washington. Upon successful completion of the national exam, the MA will be awarded the national credential Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) through AMT. The national RMA credential is equivalent to the national CMA credential, and should be recognized as such by all potential employers. Once nationally certified, graduates will be required to complete continuing education units to renew the national credential per the AMT renewal schedule.

It is the responsibility of the MA graduate to apply to the AMT to take the national boards and to pay all incurred costs with this national written examination.

The CC MA Program meets all criteria for our graduates to be eligible to work in the state of Washington as a Medical Assistant-Certified (MA-C), once the graduate has passed their national boards. This certification requires renewal every two years.

Once hired, the graduate's employer will obtain from the state an interim MA-C certificate that is good for exactly one calendar year from the date it is issued. The one-year interim period is to allow the new graduate to start work even if they have not passed their national boards yet. However, they must pass their national boards within that one-year interim period; otherwise, the MA-C will be revoked and they will only be allowed to work from that point forward in Washington as a Medical Assistant-Registered (MA-R), which is a lesser credential.

Career Opportunities

There are excellent career opportunities available for Medical Assistants working in a variety of fields and settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Outpatient Care Facilities

Occupational Outlook, Job & Salary Statistics

For statistics on Medical Assistant occupations, see:

Application & Admission Process

Applications are accepted beginning May 18, 2018 and are due no later than 5:00pm, May 31, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be mailed the first week of July. A maximum of 18 students and 2 alternates will be accepted each year to continue into the second year of the Medical Assistant Program.

The following criteria are required with application:

  • $12 for Washington State Patrol background inquiry, which must be paid to the Cashier and a receipt must be included with application materials.  Understanding if a positive finding (a disqualifying crime) the student may not be eligible for externship, therefore unable to pass the class.
  • Graduation or G.E.D Affidavit completed
  • Transcripts from other institutions if applicable
  • 2.5 GPA or above in Medical Math, Medical Terminology, Biology and Biology Lab, Intro to MA, and cumulative college level GPA

For more information or questions regarding the Medical Assistant Program or Application process, please contact the Workforce Office at 360-623-8963


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