The MAR to MAC is a hybrid course, mostly online with 2 lab sessions required per student. There will be weekly assignments (not self-paced). Student's step-by-step instructions on how to get started, click here.
***The MAR to MAC course for Spring Quarter is "full". Please add yourself to the "interest list" at the bottom of the page.
Spring 2022--Classroom Dates/Times
- Online: April 4th- June 16th, 2022
- In-Person: Saturdays/Sundays--8:00a-5:30p (including a 45 minute break for lunch).
- In-Person: Dates: April 30th-May 1st; May 7th-8th; May 21st-22nd; June 4th-5th. Your weekend will be assigned according to skill needs and/or skill level.
- Classroom Location: In building 26, room 220 on Highline College campus
The Department of Health also requires a national exam for MA-C. To see the full list of DOH requirements please check out their "Medical Assistant – Certified or Interim Certification Requirements" page.
Students taking this program qualify for exams based on their experience, not their education, as this is not a complete and accredited MA program. Certain exams can only be taken by completing an accredited program. To see a list of exams check out our accompanied document "Which Test?" Students are NOT eligible to take the AAMA exam after this course.
The hybrid clinical class is one of 11 college classes needed to satisfy the Department of Health’s requirement of 720 clock hours.
The course fee includes the cost of prior learning assessment (PLA). PLA is a way to earn college credits for experience, training, or work. Many of the 11 classes can be completed through the PLA process for those with extensive healthcare experience.
Not included: national exam, transcript order, MA-C application, textbook. Optional: wear scrubs and bring a personal stethoscope.
Note: This is not a prep course for the national MAC exam.
Students should speak with an advisor or the course instructor to be sure they are on track toward the MA-C.
How Do I Register?
Step 4 (self-paying students only)
- Once you have been registered in the class by the Continuing Education department, you will need to enter your "student portal" and pay for the course.
Cost of Program
Your estimated total cost for tuition and fees is $990. That includes 51 college credits/720+ clock hours as well as building, technology and PLA fees. Additional costs to complete the MAC include textbook, transcript fees, national exam and DOH fees.
What is the time commitment?
The MAR to MAC Program is a 5-credit course. Students should expect 10-12 hours per week for class time/homework to successfully complete the program.
Some students may qualify for funding. See if you qualify by visiting: https://startnextquarter.org/Survey/SurveyHome.aspx.
Required Textbook: Comprehensive Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies, 6th edition (available for rent or used online or in the Highline bookstore or you can find it on Amazon). ISBN-10: 9781305964792.
Required Computer Access
Students will need to activate their Highline computer account (will receive activation letter via email once registered), check email and access Canvas before class begins.
"I was an ED Tech with an MA-P and many years of experience before this, and was never able to apply for MA jobs because they all require MA-C. Now with the MA-C, I can work as a medical assistant". -- Kendal Smith MAR to MAC completer
"I just received the official MA license from DOH!...Alas, all the hard work has finally been paid off, and this really means a lot to me since I had put my entire MA career on hiatus for the past 3 years. I once again am thankful to you for introducing this MAR-MAC program to me at Highline. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of fabulous classmates and instructors, as well as to learn many clinical hands-on techniques."---William Lam, MA-C