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SCC graduate earns perfect score on American Association of Medical Assistants exam

Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Elizabeth Kurle, recent graduate from Spokane Community College, earned a perfect score of 800 on her national certification exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Nationally, only about four percent of candidates achieve a perfect score.

“It was a tough test,” said Kurle. When she received her score in the mail, she assumed she was reading it incorrectly. She called Stacia Reagan, SCC medical assistant program director, who confirmed the results with AAMA and told her how rare the accomplishment is.

Nationally the pass rate is 66.7 percent, but SCC graduates have a success rate in the high nineties, said Reagan.

“I was perfectly content with knowing I had done well,” Kurle said. She credits Reagan and health education instructor Erin Clason for preparing her for the exam. She is currently interviewing for positions as a medical assistant and planning the next step in her education. She would ultimately like to be either a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

The exam is required for medical assistants to practice in the state of Washington. According to the AAMA, it is “a rigorous exam that requires a thorough, broad and current understanding of health care delivery.”

The need for medical assistants in on the rise with the demand expected to increase by 11 percent in Spokane County over the next four years. SCC offers both a medical assistant certificate (four quarters) and an associate degree (seven quarters). For more information on the program, contact 509-533-8138.


Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic, 12,300-square-mile state community college district that includes Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and six rural education sites, serving residents in Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry and parts of Lincoln counties.

CCS offers high-quality academic transfer, career-technical and eLearning degree and certificate programs; business and community training; and adult literacy programs throughout northeastern Washington.