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

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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
  • CIP:  51.0801

Program Lengths:

  • AAS degree program length: 6 Quarters

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.

  • Description:

    Plan Code: MLAMAAPT

    • 6 quarter AAS
    • Maximum class size: 20
    • Student to teacher ratio: 10:1
    • Enrollment point: Fall, Spring
    • This is a hybrid course with some classes being offered fully online, with over half the classes being in-person.
    • Students will being using a full phlebotomy lab with equipment; lab with CLIA-waved testing equipment; mannequin body parts for procedure simulation; BP cuff and stethoscopes.
    • Highly recommended to register for CMA (AAMA) National Exam after AAS degree completion
    • Students will need to purchase specific color scrubs, stethoscope, penlight, pocket medical dictionary, BP cuff (optional)

    General Education Requirements

    Note: See a Career Advisor prior to choosing courses that meet general education requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA110Computer Basics1
    AMA111Introduction to Word Processing3
    AMA112Fundamentals of Medical Terminology4
    AMA113Healthcare Communications5
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA116Medical Office Procedures3
    AMA117Beginning Medical Terminology4
    CMA114Introduction to the Health Care Profession3
    CMA150Medical Office Clinical Applications I6
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA119Advanced Medical Office Procedures3
    AMA120Introduction to Spreadsheets3
    AMA121Intermediate Medical Terminology4
    CMA151Medical Office Clinical Applications II6
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA123Electronic Health Records4
    AMA124First Aid/CPR1
    AMA127Medical Insurance and Reimbursement4
    AMA128Advanced Medical Terminology - Pathophysiology4
    CMA152Medical Office Laboratory Procedures4
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA126Advanced Administrative Medical Concepts4
    AMA129Medical Coding Applications4
    AMA133HIV/BBP Prevention Education1
    CMA153Human Diseases and Pharmacology3
    Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Credits
    AMA135Practical Applications3
    CMA154Medical Assistant Practicum6
    CMA155Medical Assistant Exam Review2
    CMA156Job Readiness & Preparation2
  • 18 years or older (Technical High School students must be 18 by the second quarter)
  • Pass a national background check
  • Proficient in English
  • Ability to sit and stand for long periods
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

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: $38,270
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings: 114,600

This information is based on data from O*Net, captured on February 2024.

The Certified Medical Assisting Program at Bates Technical College has a cumulative exam passage of 83.33%.  

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.

Go to CAAHEP.org for questions about accreditation or to contact:

(727) 210-2350
9355 – 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775

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

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