This program has a mandatory Medical Assistant information session requirement. Your questions will be answered by an Advisor/Counselor or a program representative. Anyone interested in a CBC Health Science program should attend. These sessions are free and open to the public. Students, friends, and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Prerequisites for Consideration Into Program
College transcripts of applicants into the Medical Assistant program will be reviewed for the following courses:
Medical Assistant applications need to include a copy of the following healthcare documentation:
Medical Assistant Program Application
Columbia Basin College will be offering a second cohort for Medical Assisting starting spring quarter, 2017. The application to apply to this program will be on this page in December; please continue to watch for this to be available soon. Selected applicants will begin classes in the designated quarter and are expected to complete four consecutive quarters in order to graduate. The link to "Courses" in the blue box contains the required course list.
Medical Assistant applicants will be mailed a letter notifying if they have been accepted into the program, or not, based upon their Index Score and ranking. Accepted students will need to attend a mandatory orientation before enrolling in the program, this information will be included in the acceptance letter. Each student is required to submit a national background search to the college-approved vendor. This background check must be initiated and paid for by the student online before registration is allowed. Details will be included with your letter. Accepted students must provide proof, and keep current, the required immunizations before going to clinical. These will be uploaded and tracked by the same vendor that does the background check. The cost to the student for the background check and immunization tracking is $109.75.
Credentialing with WA State Department of Health
Upon successful completion of course work from the CBC Medical Assistant program, CBC graduates will have the degree or certificate earned posted at the bottom of their college transcript.
Graduates of CBC Medical Assistant program qualify for examination with American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to be nationally certified. Fees are additional and we encourage graduates to apply for testing shortly before completion of your last quarter clinical course. Cost is $125 if application is submitted within 12 months of graduation date.
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) mandatory licensing fee is $115 to be paid by the graduate.
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