The Medical Assistant program prepares students to work within a medical office with valuable skills in office administration as well as clinical and patient care skills. Medical assistants are commonly employed in outpatient physician offices, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and hospitals. The program consists of three quarters of coursework followed by a 198-hour unpaid externship with a local employer.
Columbia Basin College Medical Assistant Program Goals
The primary goal of the Columbia Basin College Medical Assisting program is to prepare competent entry-level Medical Assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains necessary for performing administrative and clinical tasks in physician clinics and offices. In fulfilling this goal, the Medical Assisting program exists to:
Medical assistants continue to be in high demand. CBC’s Medical Assistant program has maintained excellent placement of graduates throughout the community. CBC’s Medical Assistant students have also received higher wages than other competing Medical Assistant programs in the region.
The Medical Assisting program at Columbia Basin College has a job placement rate of 90% (2016).
Facilities and Equipment
The Medical Assistant program is offered at CBC’s Health Science Center in Richland. The program enjoys the latest in technology and equipment utilized throughout the medical field. Students also benefit from technology enabling them access to their instructors and lecture 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students have access to the specialized medical library in the Health Science Center and get valuable skills in computer charting used throughout the industry.
Both CBC and the Medical Assistant program are independently accredited. CBC is accredited through the premier regional accrediting body, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The Medical Assistant Certificate program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Only students completing a CAAHEP or an Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredited program are eligible to become certified medical assistants.
To find other accredited Medical Assistant programs, see CAAHEP and ABHES.
Financial Assistance, Tuition, and Fees
The Medical Assistant program costs are usually eligible for federal financial aid, grants, and other assistance. Please contact the CBC Financial Aid office for additional information. Visit the tuition and fees page to determine the estimated quarterly program costs.
Articulation and Career Pathways
The Medical Assistant program is a part of CBC’s Health Sciences career pathways. The program was developed knowing students commonly want to continue their education into other career areas, including nursing. The program’s certificate and degree requirements were designed to support articulation into other health programs for the benefit of each student’s future career needs.
Students completing CBC's Medical Assistant program will be able to continue their studies in the field of applied business with the Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management degree program.
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