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Medical Assistant (MA)

The 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 program classes are held in the evening M-Th and Saturdays from 8am-5pm. The MA 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 MA program will receive a certificate of completion and, once employed, will be eligible for certification as MAs.

Accreditation
The Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) MA 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 MA program prepares you to support health-care professionals in a variety of health-care settings. The MA performs duties in both direct patient care and administrative procedures. Graduates of the WVC MA program will:

  • Demonstrate caring and respectful communication as a MA
  • Demonstrate competence in administrative duties as a MA
  • Demonstrate competence in clinical duties as a MA
  • Practice medical assisting collaboratively
  • Obtain employment in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Incorporate critical thinking in practice as a MA
  • Demonstrate standard safety and emergency practices and procedures as a MA
  • 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

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