Medical Assisting, A Practical Approach
The Evergreen Student Health Center offers a medical assistant program that provides students with the necessary training to be licensed in the state of Washington as a Health Care Assistant. This opportunity draws upon the strengths of students with a strong background in the humanities, social, psychological, and biological sciences. The program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with a variety of healthcare professionals to help make decisions about their own future careers in the healthcare field.
Applications are available in March at the Student Health Center. The Medical Assisting Program is highly competitive. About 20 of the strongest candidates are interviewed in May. From those interviewed, 8-12 are selected for the program by the middle of June for the following academic school year.
Barbara Krulich, PA-C, is the Student Medical Assistant Program Director. She leads the required, intensive two-week training preceding fall quarter in preparation for the beginning of the academic school year. Once the clinic opens for the new year, weekly in-services are also required for licensure.
Students who are accepted into the program must commit to a full academic year and work 12 hours per week in the Student Health Center. Students receive pay for their work in the clinic and academic credit for their training (4 credits in fall and 2 credits each for winter and spring).
You get to meet and work with an interesting group of people in a supportive health care clinic. Upon completion of this program, you will have gained valuable clinical experience and become a licensed Washington State Health Care Assistant. This means that you can work as a medical assistant in Washington and other states.
SMAs have completed our program to enter a variety of healthcare fields. These include MD, DO, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, EMT, Naturopathic, and Acupuncture programs.
- Students who will be juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. Outstanding sophomores may also be considered. It is required that applicants have at least one year of college math, English, and a science class. Recommended but not required courses include biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, and chemistry.
- Other important selection factors include at least six months of volunteer or community service work.
- It is important to create a comfortable environment for patients and to cooperate within the team of healthcare providers and staff. The candidate should possess poise, tolerance, strong people and communication skills, and the ability to multitask.
- Previous medical experience is not required for application to the program. We provide all the training necessary to become a Student Medical Assistant (SMA).
Application and Timeline
During spring quarter, applications are available at the Health Center and online at www.evergreen.edu/health/Student Medical Assistants.htm.
Note: All dates are subject to change. Call the student health center to confirm (360.867.6200).
- March 6, 2013: Applications available at Student Health Center and Academic Fair
- May 15, 2013: Student Health Center Open House 4-6pm (Academic Fair)
- May 22, 2013: Applications due 5pm; no late applications accepted
- May 28-31, 2013: Interviews conducted
- June 17-21, 2013: Class selection announced
- Sept. 16, 2013: 2-Week Training begins
- Sept. 20, 2013: Student Health Center opens
- Peer Health Education
- OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Safety
- Crisis & Psychological Issues
- STD Education
- Medical Terminology
- Front Office Procedures
- Applied Microbiology
If an Applicant is Not Accepted
Unfortunately there is limited space in the medical assisting program, which makes the application process rather competitive. Returning students are encouraged to reapply the following spring.
Need further information?
Barbara Krulich, PA-C
Medical Assisting Program Director
The Evergreen State College
Student Health Center
Seminar I - 2110
Olympia, WA 98505
(360) 867 - 6200