Pathways to Healthcare: A Clinical Practicum at the Student Health Center | The Evergreen State College

Pathways to Healthcare: A Clinical Practicum at the Student Health Center

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 Medical Assistant—Registered.

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 Pathways to Healthcare Medical Assisting Program is highly competitive. About 20 of the strongest candidates are interviewed in May. From those interviewed, 6-8 are selected for the following academic year's program.  They will be notified by the middle of June.

Barbara Krulich, PA-C, is the Medical Assistant Program Director. She leads the intensive two-week training preceding fall quarter in preparation for the beginning of the academic school year and the weekly in-services.  These are required training for licensure.

Students who are accepted into the program must commit to a full academic year and work 16 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 per quarter).

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 Medical Assistant - Registered. This means that you can work as a medical assistant in Washington and other states.

Student Medical Assistants 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

Applications available at the Student Health Center.

Must apply and be interviewed in spring 2017 to have the opportunity to participate in the 2017-18 academic year.


  • Peer Health Education
  • OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Safety
  • Immunizations
  • Crisis & Psychological Issues
  • STD Education
  • Medical Terminology
  • Front Office Procedures
  • Pharmacology
  • 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