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.

General Information

Career Advisor: Jason Carroll
253-680-7008 | jcarroll@batestech.edu

Location: Downtown Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

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

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 September 1, 2020.  Any errors are unintentional.

  • National Median Salary$34,800
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings92,800

This information is base on data from June 2021.

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.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree
CIP:  51.0801          EPC:  381

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. 


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Mary Ann Keith

    253-680-7372 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.