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Better Future for Seattle Students with Medical Assistant Program

Medical assistant jobs are on the rise, making it a stable and successful choice for those looking to begin a new career.1Medical assistants in Fife earned $35,337 in 20132, while Lynnwood medical assistants earned $39,013.3 In the next several years, employment for medical assistants in the Seattle area is expected to grow by an assuring 1.9% to 2.8% per year.3, 4 
 
Through Charter College, students can earn a certificate in Medical Assisting in as little as 10 months. The program provides training in a combination of clinical, technical, and business skills, along with hands-on training with direct patient contact in a clinic setting. Students graduate with the skills to work in the modern healthcare workplace. 
 
Upon graduating, students can pursue careers in a variety of healthcare venues including clinical or administrative assistant, medical receptionist, medical assistant, or medical office assistant.
 
Recent Charter College graduate Jacquelyne Cameron earned her Medical Assistant Certificate this past July and took advantage of her Charter College training by stepping right into a new career.
 
“I’m a medical technician in a Senior Center where I perform medical treatments,” Jacquelyne explains. “Through the Charter Medical Assistant program, we’re qualified to do a lot more than just work in a doctor’s office, and this is the perfect fit for me, I’m very happy with it.”
 
Jacquelyne is quick to attribute part of her new career success to the experienced professional instructors she had at Charter College. 
 
“We couldn’t ask for better instructors. They were very knowledgeable. One of the instructors, Mrs. Simpson, is my role model. She’s the epitome of professionalism and dignity. You don’t meet people like that very often. She saw our strengths and she pushed us to be more than we thought we could be.” says Jacquelyne.
 
The Certificate in Medical Assistant program at both Charter College Fife and Charter College Lynnwood is taught in an innovative Blended Learning format. Students have the convenience and flexibility of online classes, along with the benefit of hands-on training, on campus, twice a week. On-campus resources, including tutoring and IT support, are readily available. Charter College medical assistant training also includes an externship program where students gain real world experience while still in school. 
 
“[Charter College] set that up for me and it was a perfect fit,” Jacquelyne says of the externship she completed while in the program. 
 
After graduation, Charter College offers its students job placement assistance as well.
 
“I was looking for a job I could retire from,” Jacqulyne says of her career choice as a medical assistant. “And which met the requirements and benefits I need. This job is it.”  
 
Students earning a medical assistant certificate through Charter College can rest assured that they are getting a quality education through an accredited institution. Charter College Fife and Lynnwood became nationally accredited in 2012 through the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
 
 
1 Washington State Employment Security Department, Occupation Employment Projections, Pierce County, Retrieved March 27, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/lrq3o34
2 Washington State Employment Security Department, Wage Projections, Tacoma, WA MD, Retrieved March 27, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/oa5re6m
3 Washington State Employment Security Department, Wage Projections, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA MD, Retrieved March 27, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/oa5re6m
4 Washington State Employment Security Department, Occupation Employment Projections, Snohomish County, Retrieved March 27, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/lrq3o34