Certified Medical Assistant

Get a degree focused in medical assisting.

The Certified Medical Assistant track is a degree option within the Administrative Medical Assistant program. This degree option will prepare students for positions in physician’s offices, clinics and other outpatient health care settings through hands-on classroom and real-world clinical training. Medical assistants function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam that meets the requirements of the Washington State Department of Health to become a Certified Medical Assistant.

Contact Information:

Enrollment Services

Downtown Campus

7:30AM - 4:00PM

  • Get the skills you need for the career you want.

More about the program:

The Certified Medical Assistant degree is an extension of Bates’ existing Administrative Medical Assistant degree, and qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in allied health fields. Jobs include Certified Medical Assistant, front/back medical office professional, insurance billing, Phlebotomist, EKG technician, Medical Office Manager, Medical Records Support Clerk, Patient Care Representative, and Administrative Medical Assistant. The program focuses on hands-on learning that will provide real-life experiences for future professionals. 

Degrees & Certificates:

  • Associate of Applied Science: Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certificate of Training: Medical Billing & Coding
  • CIP:  51.0801 EPC:  381

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 6 Quarters
  • Certificate of Training: 1 Quarter

Faculty and Other Contact Information:

Staci Horwich



Note: Information is accurate as of its original posting date. The college reserves the right to edit, change, or update information as needed throughout the year. Up-to-date information is available in Student Services.

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Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

  • National Median Salary: $37,190
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 104,400

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on October 2022.

The Certified Medical Assisting Program at Bates Technical College has an Exam Passage Rate of 100% of their graduates in 2019 and 2020.  

Eligibility for Medical Assistant Licensure by State: August 2020

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Medical Assisting Program Director at Bates Technical College has obtained the legal opinion of the CEO and Legal Counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, relating to education requirements for medical assistant licensure in the United States. *

There are six states that require completion of formal medical assisting education as a prerequisite for working as a medical assistant, or to be delegated certain tasks while working as a medical assistant: Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.

The Bates Technical College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). All CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs meet the education requirements in these six states.

Information is current as of March 15, 2022.  Any errors are unintentional.

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