School and Ranking Information
Students in Spokane, WA, who are interested in a medical office assistant education can choose from between a for-profit institution and public community college. Based on school type, program options and affordability, the following college is considered a top school for medical office assistant studies in Spokane:
- Winner: Spokane Community College is the only public and the largest postsecondary institution in the city that offers multiple programs for those seeking to become medical office assistants. These studies are offered at the certificate and associate's degree levels.
School Info Chart
|Category||Spokane Community College|
|Distinction||Offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $3,489 (in-state); $8,680 (out-of-state)**|
|Medical Office Assistant Programs Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Medical Office Assistant Certificate and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||41**|
|Most Popular Medical Office Assistant Program Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (30 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||26%**|
|Noteworthy||The curriculum of career-technical programs are developed with the assistance of industry professionals|
Sources: *Spokane Community College; **NCES College Navigator
Spokane Community College
- Medical office internships available
- Some medical office assistant courses offered online
- Degrees transferable to many Washington public and private institutions
Spokane Community College offers 99 associate's degree programs and 100 professional certificate programs to nearly 6,800 students every year. Programs related to administrative and medical office education are offered through its Business Technology department. It offers four certificate programs in medical office assisting, including one specific to medical transcription and one for chiropractic office assistants.
Students can choose between the Medical Office Receptionist Certificate, Medical Office Billing and Coding Specialist Certificate, Medical Transcription Certificate and Chiropractic Office Receptionist Certificate programs. Students in the office programs learn the basics of patient reception, office procedures and human relations. The billing and coding specialist program includes courses in medical terminology, medical coding, billing processes, transcription and claims processing. Transcription courses provide studies in medical word processing, coding, speech recognition, medical terminology and business communications. The 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Medical Office Specialist program combines the patient reception and office procedure skills taught in the medical office receptionist certificate program with the skills learned in the billing and coding specialist certificate program. Students receive first aid and CPR certification and gain basic knowledge of human anatomy. They are required to complete two 66-hour internships at a Spokane medical facility during their last quarter of study.