Medical Assistants: If you are a medical assistant interested in participating in the program, please contact Cirihn Rogers-Malpocher at firstname.lastname@example.org. (SEIU 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund), Jennifer Johnston at email@example.com (Highline College)), Connie Lieseke at firstname.lastname@example.org (Olympic College) or Sandy Erlewine at email@example.com (Yakima Valley Community College)
Employers: If you have Medical Assistants who are currently not credentialed, they need to become MA-Registered or MA-Certified Link. If you want to learn if the program can help your MAs, please contact Jennifer Johnston, the HEET Program Manager at Highline College at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are located in the Olympic Peninsula, Mason or Kitsap counties contact Connie Lieseke at Olympic College email@example.com. If you are anywhere in Eastern Washington, please contact Sandy Erlewine at Yakima Valley Community College firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healthcare Education for Adult Learners-Medical Assistant Pathway
Connie Lieseke, Program Coordinator
Skagit Valley College
Lyn O’Neal, Department Chair Allied Health Education
Seiu Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Emplolyer Training Fund
Cirihn Rogers Malpocher, Assistant Director
Support and Web Hosting: Allied Health Center of Excellence
Connie Jensen, Program Assistant
As of July 1, 2013 all medical assistants practicing clinical skills in Washington State are required to be credentialed. The law guiding the practice of medical assistants in Washington State is Chapter 18.360 RCW. The new law requires completion of a recognized MA program and successful completion of one of four nationally recognized tests. Visit DOH MA
The new profession consists of 4 new categories:
The objective of the Medical Assisting Pathways project is to provide flexible, individualized, modular training and education for individuals currently working in the capacity of Medical Assistant who need further education or testing to meet the new requirements. Partner colleges will provide a means for working MAs to have assessment and attain credit for skills and knowledge they have gained through their experience, then incumbent workers’ skills or knowledge gaps will be addressed by access to online or in-person learning and assessment modules in their gap areas.
Working MAs who have already completed an approved program may choose to take only the Exam Preparation Module, which will prepare participants to take any one of the four DOH-approved national tests.
Labor and Employers can support working MAs by helping them identify their needs in meeting the expectations of the new law.
All curriculum modules and resources will be available via the Center of Excellent for Allied Health, www.yvcc.edu/heet. Modularized curriculum modules developed through this project will be stored on a Common Cartridge, so that data, assessments and curriculum can be used on a variety of Learning Management Systems.
Then you will either need to get Attestation by your provider to become an MA-R (Medical Assistant-Registered) Link, or you will need to complete an approved program and pass one of four national exams (below) to become an MA-C (Medical Assistant-Certified). Due to your work experience, you may be able to prove your competency and test out of certain modules or units, and complete the program faster than normal. Contact your nearest partner college (above) and make an individualized, flexible education plan based on your schedule and needs.
The four national tests approved by the Washington State Department of Health are:
What duties can a medical assistant-certified perform? See RCW 18.360.050 ( Item 1).
What duties can a medical assistant-hemodialysis perform? See RCW 18.360.050 (Item 2).
What duties can a medical assistant-phlebotomist perform? See RCW 18.360.050 (Item 3).
What duties can a medical assistant-registered perform? See RCW 18.360.050 (Item 4).