Program Description:

The medical assisting program is a one year course for seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care/Medical assisting.

During the course, students are introduced to advanced anatomy and physiology and medical vocabulary. Students will learn the clinical duties of a Medical Assistant. Students earn their Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid cards through the American Heart Association and Certification for the 7 hr. WA State Blood-borne Pathogen training as well as a Certificate of Completion for The Medical Assisting program. 
Students completing the course and earning a grade of “B” or higher in related course areas are eligible for credits from local community colleges.

All students enrolled in the Medical assisting program will learn:

  • Patient Intake: medical histories, record vital signs

  • Educate the patient on treatment procedures, medications, and special diets

  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician

  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens and tests

  • Perform venipuncture, blood work, and patient positioning

  • Prepare patients for x-rays and examinations

  • Take electrocardiograms (EKG’s)

  • Medical records management

  • Clinical diagnostic procedures and clinical office assisting techniques

  • Assist during physical exams and office emergencies

  • Build a professional vocabulary of medical terminology

  • Acquire basic knowledge of anatomy/physiology

  • Assist the physician with a medical exam

  • Understand fundamental medical ethics, concepts, and theory

  • Possess the skills necessary to work alongside the physician in a variety of health offices and settings

  • Function capably in a medical office environment, including understanding the processes of medical billing and medical coding

Program Benefits:

  • 3 High School credits per year

  • 12 College credits possible per year

  • May qualify for .5 Lab Science elective or 1.0 Health academic credit equivalencies. See your sending school counselor for eligibility.

  • Leadership opportunities through ASB, HOSA, class activities, and community service projects

  • Entry level job skills

  • Preparation for post-secondary education

  • Opportunities for healthcare scholarships

  • Exploration of the healthcare field which will assist students in making career choices as well as informing them about their own health and wellness

Industry Certifications Available:

  • Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid Cards

  • 21st Century Skills Certification

  • 7 hours HIV/AIDS Certification


  • Reading proficiency at 11th grade level

  • Must have successfully completed Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1

  • Completed biology with a “C” or higher

  • Must have proof of immunizations including MMR, Hepatitis B series, and an updated Tdap

  • Proof of negative TB test

  • Influenza vaccine

  • COVID-19 vaccine or waiver may be required depending upon clinical site 

  • Excellent high school attendance record

  • Must provide own health insurance to participate in clinical rotation

  • Must provide own transportation and current car insurance to participate in clinicals


  • Ability to pass a Washington State Patrol background check and having a valid Social Security number are required to attend the clinical rotation for certification

  • Upon acceptance into the program, student and parent/guardian are required to attend an orientation each year

  • Students may choose to participate in HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association)

Recommendations:  Course in Health Occupations is recommended.

Lab Time/Theory Time:  Approximately 40 percent of class time will be devoted to theory and professionalism and 60 percent devoted to practicing in the skills lab. 

Career Opportunities: 

  • ​Orthopedic technician/ Casting

  • Entry-level positions in health/medical industry 

  • Medical Assistant

  • Medical assistant /administrative

  • Healthcare administration

  • Emergency room Tech

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Pharmacy Technician

  • Physical Therapist

  • Pre-Med

  • Respiratory Technician

  • Social Worker

  • Surgical tech

  • Speech Therapist

  • Ultrasound Technician

  • Veterinarian

  • X-ray Technician

Credit Equivalencies and College Credit:
Click here to learn more about credit equivalencies.
Click here to learn more about the articulation agreements and college credits available for each program.

Program Supply List /Student Costs:
CTA programs require that uniforms, supplies, and other program specific related items be purchased prior to the first day of school. To access the list of this program's uniform, supply and other program-related cost please click here.

Note: Family medical insurance or student accident insurance is a mandatory requirement to participate in clinical rotation. Student accident insurance is available through the sending high school.

If you have concerns regarding program expenses, please see Melissa Downing. There are funds available for qualifying students. Ms. Downing can be reached at 360-604-1062 or at  Ms. Downing is available during the school year when school is in session.