The Medical Assistant (MA) program is a four-quarter, limited-enrollment program that prepares individuals to support health care professionals in a variety of health care settings. The medical assistant performs duties in both direct patient care (assisting with patient examinations and treatments, administering medication, and monitoring patient response) and medical office management (maintaining medical records, scheduling appointments, and handling insurance and billing procedures). Students who successfully complete the medical assistant program will receive a certificate of completion and, once employed, will be eligible for certification as medical assistants.
Accreditation The Wenatchee Valley College Medical Assistance program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 1.727.210.2350) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
Duties and Competencies The Medical Assistant program prepares you to support health-care professionals in a variety of health-care settings. The medical assistant performs duties in both direct patient care and administrative procedures. Graduates of the WVC Medical Assistant program will:
Demonstrate caring and respectful communication as a medical assistant.
Demonstrate competence in administrative duties as a medical assistant.
Demonstrate competence in clinical duties as a medical assistant.
Practice medical assisting collaboratively.
Obtain employment in a variety of healthcare settings.
Incorporate critical thinking in practice as a medical assistant.
Demonstrate standard safety and emergency practices and procedures as a medical assistant.
Display professionalism in their appearance, job performance, and ability to work as team members.
Provide patient education and current community resource information.
Practice medical assisting according to AAMA Code of Ethics.