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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, Certificate

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Learning Outcomes

  • Perform administrative tasks, including bookkeeping procedures and process insurance claims, clerical forms and operational forms (inventory or routine maintenance and quality control).
  • Explain general office policies and establish and maintain patient records.
  • Perform clinical tasks, including fundamental procedures (eg. sterilization techniques, quality control, dosage calculations and practice standard precautions), specimen collection, diagnostic testing and patient care.
  • Communicate (written, verbal and nonverbal) effectively with diverse patients and staff about patient instructions, community resources and health  maintenance and disease prevention.
  • Apply medico-legal knowledge to identify and respond to issues of confidentiality.
  • Perform and document within legal and ethical boundaries.
  • Identify and model professional conduct and appearance in specific, multicultural workplace settings.



  • Basic keyboarding knowledge recommended.
  • Instructor permission.
  • Some classes have entry requirements not listed here.

Important Notes

  • This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
  • Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA and achieve a 2.0 in each clinical course and pass required competencies to graduate with their associate degree.
  • AAS degree programs emphasize preparation in specific job skills required for entry-level employment.
  • Not all classes are offered every quarter or at night.
  • Students attending only in the evening must remember it is likely to take more than two years to complete program.
  • Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam. (See Medical Assistant program accreditation statement in the college catalog.highline.edu/content.php)
  • Medical Assistant students: Agencies may require you to complete a criminal background check prior to being offered an internship or employment.

Specific Requirements

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