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Our Mission

We are committed to preparing students to meet the educational requirements for Washington State's MA-C credential, and for national testing at the highest standard.

Our Accreditation

The Lower Columbia College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Eligibility for Medical Assistant Licensure by State: August 2020

In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Medical Assisting Program Director at Lower Columbia College has obtained the legal opinion of the CEO and Legal Counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, relating to education requirements for medical assistant licensure in the United States. *

There are six states that require completion of formal medical assisting education as a prerequisite for working as a medical assistant, or to be delegated certain tasks while working as a medical assistant: Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.

The Lower Columbia College Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). All CAAHEP-accredited medical assisting programs meet the education requirements in these six states.

Information is current as of August 19, 2020. Any errors are unintentional.

* How do the United States Department of Education regulations on licensing and mandatory certification requirements affect medical assisting programs?
Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
CEO and Legal Counsel, American Association of Medical Assistants
August 19, 2020
(Questions may be directed to Mr. Balasa at dbalasa@aama-ntl.org)

Our Faculty & Staff

We are here to help you reach your educational goals. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help! Our contact information is at the bottom of every page.


Contact Medical Assisting Program

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. 

Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Health Programs Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Inquiries

  Elizabeth Engel, Program Director
  (360) 442-2867
  eengel@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Advising

For initial advising contact the Entry Center. For subsequent advising attend an orientation/advising session with Elizabeth Engel.

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