Washington State MEDICAL ASSISTANT in Airway Heights, Washington



The Department of Corrections is seeking an energetic, dependable and highly self-motivated and qualified individual for the position of Medical Assistant at Airway Heights Corrections Center. This individual will deliver quality health care to the offender population in a timely and professional manner.

Airway Heights Corrections Center (AHCC) is a 2000+ bed male facility located approximately 10 miles west of Spokane. The prison consists of a main facility that houses medium- and long-term minimum-custody offenders. A separate perimeter adjacent to the main facility accommodates a minimum-security unit for offenders with minimum-custody or lower.

Whether the work is inside a prison, in community corrections, or in an administrative office, the Washington State Department of Corrections professional staff experience a high degree of personal satisfaction knowing they are creating environments in which all offenders can learn to make choices that contribute to a safer society.


The medical assistant performs all duties under the supervision of a healthcare provider in a safe and effective manner and within the scope of their practice as defined by state law and administrative code so that patient care provided is safe, effective, efficient and clinically appropriate.

  • Specimen collection and diagnostic testing including but not limited to: blood specimen via capillary puncture and venipuncture; obtaining specimens for microbiological testing; instructing patients in proper techniques to collect urine and fecal specimens.
  • Performs electrocardiography, respiratory testing (pulmonary functions and peek flow) and testing waved under the federal laboratory improvement amendments program.
  • Accurately label and process specimens for delivery to outside laboratories when indicated. May transport lab specimens as needed.
  • Schedule and track offender standing orders for LAB testing for Practitioners and the IPN.
  • Performs patient care as delegated by a health care provider including: obtaining vital signs and weight; preparing patients for and assisting with examinations, procedures, treatments and minor office surgeries; maintains medication and immunization records, screens and follows up on test results.
  • Administers medications that are administered by unit or single dose, or legend drugs, vaccines and Schedule III - V controlled substances as prescribed by licensed practitioner.
  • Provides timely communication of the results of data collection to the licensed nurse or practitioner.
  • Provides support services and participates in continuous quality improvement including: management of supplies and medical records; transport of medical records, supplies and items required for patient care; staff training and data entry.
  • Ensure that health records are maintained properly and shelved accurately when complete.
  • Maintain security and confidentiality of protected health information.
  • Ensure coding forms contain complete information for data entry, and research record if needed.
  • May collect data for CQIP projects.
  • Participate in formal clinical oversight according to facility and DOC Health Services Clinical Oversight Structure.
  • Function as a job coach and mentor during the on-the-job training phase of the new employee orientation; provide direction to the new employee, observe performance and provide feedback to supervisors, and complete a written and or verbal evaluation of job training when requested.
  • Performs fundamental procedures including: wrapping items for autoclave; sterilizing equipment and instruments; disposing of bio-hazardous materials and practicing standard precautions.
  • Accurately document in the medical record all patient care given and observations.
  • Enters data into OMNI or an electronic medical record as indicated.
  • Prepares and maintains examination and treatment areas, including stocking and cleaning.
  • Practices infection control techniques and reports any discrepancies to licensed staff as indicated.
  • Maintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing and following standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations. Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of Medical Assistant training approved by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
  • Unencumbered Certification by Washington State DOH as a Medical Assistant Certified.
  • Certification by the American Heart Association in Emergency First Response.
  • Minimum of 6 months working experience as a Medical Assistant.
  • Proficient use of computer based programs to schedule, monitor, and track patient information; perform data entry and word processing, and communicate by e-mail, as well as other programs that may be needed to complete assigned work. Preferred/Desired Qualifications:
  • Successful completion of a phlebotomy training program approved by Washington State Department of Health.
  • One (1) year experience working as a phlebotomist. Supplemental Information

'The mission of DOC is to improve public safety.'

For additional information about the agency, please visit doc.wa.gov.


  • Please include a minimum of three professional references with your application. A professional reference is defined as an individual who has been paid to supervise your work and can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job competencies. If you do not have any or sufficient professional references, please include non-related professionals, such as educators or other professional associates. *Phone number *AND_ email address are required for all professional references._

  • *Answers to all supplemental questions must be verifiable with your given work history. *

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Employees may work directly with or in close proximity to incarcerated individuals in a potentially hazardous setting. Please consider this when deciding whether to apply.
  • We are committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free work environment, and our employees are expected to comply with all state and federal laws. A pre-employment drug test may be administered as part of the selection process, and applicants who test positive for any controlled substances, will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an aerosol pepper spray made available as a means of self-defense and/or de-escalation. Applicants with sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Animal care projects are a common component of most Washington State prisons, including dog and cat programs. Applicants with animal sensitivities or allergies are encouraged to ask about the level of exposure they could expect in this position.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a priority health issue for DOC employees. The successful candidate may be required to provide valid proof of a baseline TB skin test within 60 days from the date of hire. When positive tests result, further information, testing and treatment may also be required. Employment is not contingent upon test results.
  • If this position is included in a Union Shop, employees will be required to become members within thirty (30) days of employment.

We are committed to hiring individuals who possess core diversity competencies:

  • Foster a positive attitude and openness toward the ever changing social and cultural makeup of the workplace.
  • Work effectively with people of different perspectives, abilities, disabilities, races, religions, ages, lifestyle preferences and social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Respectfully acknowledge people's differences and recognize these differences as important and valuable.
  • Promote inclusiveness.
  • Be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
  • Respect and value diverse backgrounds and traditions.

DOC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, honorably discharged veteran, veteran status, genetic information, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

For questions about this recruitment, or to request reasonable accommodation in the application process, please email rebecca.oneal@doc.wa.gov or call us at (509) 244-6704. For TTY service, please call the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Salary: $2,889.00 - $3,742.00 Monthly

Location: Spokane County - Airway Heights, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Corrections

Job Number: 2018-02145

Closing: 3/25/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov