Class Overview

Receive training to enter the workforce as a medical administrative assistant!Medical Assistant EHR - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Medical administrative assistants are the specialized administrative personnel who keep the modern medical office running smoothly, especially as electronic health records are becoming more common.

Specific responsibilities would vary from location to location, but may include:

  • Creating and updating patients' electronic health records
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of a medical facility
  • Scheduling and coordinating appointments
  • Verifying patient insurances
  • Completing and submitting insurance claims
  • Preparing correspondence between medical providers and their patients
  • Providing quality customer service to patients
  • Working in a professional environment

This course includes electronic health record (EHR) software training -- essential for the future of healthcare.

With healthcare reform, medical records must move to an electronic format, which has created an incredible need for administrative professionals trained.

Gain hands-on training with ezEMRx software, an industry-standard, government-certified EHR software platform to ensure you have the experience employers need.

Medical administrative assistants can be found working in doctors' offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and many other types of healthcare facilities.

There are over 64,000 new jobs expected nationwide by 2024 for medical administrative assistants.

How is this program structured?

This program is offered through our educational partner Career Step, who specializes in healthcare career training.
The course is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace.

The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of medical administrative assistants.

Train with the confidence of knowing that experienced instructors are available by phone, email, or chat all along the way.

The final exams are designed to provide an experience similar to that of industry certification exams.
This course prepares students to sit for both the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exams.

This 285-hour course will take 3-5 months to complete.


Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the skills you need to become a medical administrative assistant
  • Be prepared to work in both physician practices and hospitals
  • Understand essential topics relevant to the profession, including: computer fundamentals, health information management, healthcare documentation, medical laws and ethics, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, healthcare reimbursement, medical terminology, pathophysiology, anatomy, medical office procedures and management, medical record management, electronic health records, and finances
  • Be prepared for both the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exams.


Who Should Take this Class?

  • Anyone interested in a career as a medical administrative assistant
  • People who would like to take the exams for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) exams.
  • People looking for a pathway to employment interested in career opportunities in the medical field
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED)

Computer Specifications

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience.

We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:


  • Active internet connection (high speed/broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port


  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader


  • Internet Explorer 7.x/8.x/9.x, Firefox 3.x or Safari 4.x or greater (Mac only)
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack) or Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)

Session Details

  • Class ID: 8245
  • Instructor: Career Step Staff
  • When: Open enrollment & self-paced
  • Total Number of Hours: 285
  • Where: Online
  • Fee: $3,199
  • Additional Notes: The Career Step Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR training program is 285 completion hours, and the Medical Administrative Assistant program is 200 completion hours. Since the programs are completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 2 or 3 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 15 hours a week may finish in about 5 months).Every student who enrolls in one of the Career Step medical administrative assistant programs receives an initial 6-month period of enrollment. Though the program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 6 months to complete