Medical Assisting

Yakima Valley College Medical Assisting Yakima, Washington

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Updated May 13, 2024

The Medical Assisting Program teaches students a range of skills essential for both clinical and administrative roles in health care, including performing patient exams, administering injections, managing patient records, and mastering medical terminology. Students also develop proficiency in communication and technology to enhance their care provision abilities.

Key Skills Taught:

  • Clinical Skills: Basic patient exam techniques, injections, laboratory procedures, phlebotomy, sterile techniques
  • Administrative Skills: Business letters, patient record filing, scheduling, medical coding, reimbursement monitoring
  • Communication: Effective communication with patients and healthcare teams
  • Technology Proficiency: Computer hardware and software skills for clinical and administrative tasks
  • Medical Terminology: Accurate terminology for documentation and communication in health care settings

Program Features:

  • Clinical Practice: 200-hour externship for real-world experience
  • Flexible Learning: Online instruction with on-site clinical labs in Yakima
  • Career Preparation: Focus on employment readiness in medical settings
  • Certification Preparation: Training for Medical Assisting Certification Examination
  • Immunization Requirements: Completion of CPR/First Aid/HIV/AIDS training and immunizations for clinical placements

Outcome Information:

  • Program Retention: 100% student retention in 2021, showcasing high student commitment and engagement.

For detailed course structures and curriculum specifics, consult the program's Certificate and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree curriculum.

Tuition: How Much Does Yakima Valley College's Medical Assisting Program Cost?

From Yakima Valley College's website

The Medical Assisting Certificate program at Yakima Valley College is a comprehensive course that requires 66 credits of coursework. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), ensuring a high standard of education. The total approximate cost for this one-year certificate program is $9,462. This cost is an estimate for tuition only and does not include any additional fees.

Program Length: How Long Is Yakima Valley College's Medical Assisting Certificate Program?

The certificate program for Medical Assisting Certifcate curriculum is 66 credits in length.

From Yakima Valley College's website

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About Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is a public college in Yakima, Washington, founded in 1928 as Yakima Valley Junior College. The college offers over 55 professional and technical degrees, 100+ certificates, and five Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. The main campus is located in Yakima, with additional campuses in Grandview, Toppenish, Sunnyside, and Ellensburg. The college has a student-faculty ratio of 19-to-1 and a total enrollment of 3,954.

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