Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Medical Assisting

Degree options

  • Associate Degree
    An Associate in Applied Science Degree will be awarded upon successful completion of a minimum of 90 credits in courses numbered 100 or above. All core and General Education  requirements must be met. Students may also select either the Administrative or Clinical Track.
  • Certificate of Completion - Medical Assisting
    A Certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting will be awarded upon successful completion of all core and General Education  requirements.

Carolyn Fuller
(360) 596-5297

A medical assistant’s work requires excellence in variety of skills. He or she must have a thorough command of medical procedures and terminology, superb clerical and computer skills and be able to communicate clearly and sensitively with clients and colleagues.

The medical assistant is an invaluable team player. He or she meets the demands of medicine, client relations and office work. If you’re interested in a career in medical assisting, the instructors at South Puget Sound Community College are determined to give you the best training available.

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP*), on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). *Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park St., Clearwater, Fl 33756, (727) 210-2350.

A medical assistant assists a physician/practitioner in many aspects of medical practice. These aspects might include: patient care management, administrative procedures and clinical procedures. The medical assistant with an expanded administrative role often serves as the office manager. Competency in the field of medical assisting also reflects an employee that can communicate effectively, adhere to ethical and legal standards, recognize and respond to medical emergencies, maintain confidentiality and demonstrate professional behavior.

Primary employers for medical assistants include: ambulatory health care settings, extended health care facilities, public health agencies, schools medical schools, research institutes and medical insurance firms.

What You'll Do Here
At South Puget Sound Community College you’ll develop a solid base of knowledge in the following areas: medical terminology, human biology, math, communications, phlebotomy, pharmacology assisting with exams and office surgeries.

You’ll increase your classroom learning with 200 hours of field experience, working with a preceptor in a doctor’s office or clinic.