Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting program prepares students for a career as a Medical Assistant. Completion of the Medical Assisting program will provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry level position in Medical Assisting. Medical Assisting courses will combine cognitive learning and practice of psychomotor skills in classroom and laboratory settings. Clinical training through internships in local outpatient clinics and physician offices will allow students to observe and practice skills gained in the classroom and laboratory in actual healthcare settings.

Medical Assistants are skilled professionals who have specific training to work in a physician's office or a clinic. Medical Assistants perform administrative functions and basic clerical skills, including writing business letters, compilation and filing of patient records, medical insurance coding and processing third party reimbursement, transcription, reception, and preparing requisitions. Additionally, Medical Assistants are trained in many clinical skills, including obtaining vital signs, sterile technique, assisting physicians with diagnostic testing, minor surgical procedures and physical examinations, administering medications orally and via injection, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, and processing/sterilization of medical equipment by autoclaving or other methods of disinfection.

Based on the most recent Annual Report Form submitted to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board, the 2016 medical assisting cohort had a 92.6% pass rate for the national certification exam.

The medical assisting program at Walla Walla Community College has a retention rate of 82.5% over the past 5 years.

The Walla Walla Community College Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763



    Tami Mitchell

    Phone: (509) 527-4330

    Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362

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    Walla Walla Community College and the Medical Assisting Program inspires all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.

    Our mission is reflected in:

    Excellence: The environment is characterized by mutual respect and the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere grounded in tradition and with a focus on the future.

    Student Success: Each student is valued as an individual within a diverse group and is supported to accomplish his/her career goals.

    Faculty Support: Our faculty provides quality instruction that promotes critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Lifelong learning is emphasized.

    Strong Communities: The college partners with business, industry and other schools to contribute as a partner for economic development and stability.

    Program Outcomes

    • The Medical Assisting graduate will be able to apply the fundamental knowledge base acquired in medical assisting courses to safely, efficiently, and accurately perform clinical and administrative competencies.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will use knowledge gained in interrelationship and social science courses to assist him/her in being able to communicate with patients and other members of their healthcare team with sensitivity to cultural, legal and ethical implications.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will integrate knowledge gained in medical assisting courses to prepare for and assist with medical emergencies.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will use technology skills, including computer hardware and software, in the performance of clinical and administrative competencies.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will employ appropriate medical terminology to communicate professionally and accurately in the clinic setting, both verbally and in their documentation.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will demonstrate professionalism in all of their courses and as they relate to the practice of medical assisting on their personal, institutional, local, state, and national levels.
    • The Medical Assisting graduate will be prepared to enter the profession competently, as entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.