Medical Assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep healthcare delivery systems running smoothly. They work in reception, scheduling, medical records, insurance billing, and as a medical office secretary. Medical Assistants will also work as a clinical assistant to the physician by preparing patients for examinations, assisting with treatments, collecting and testing specimens and educating patients on health promotion and disease prevention issues.
The Medical Assistant program has an excellent record of placing graduates into employment with 90% of our graduates in the last two years working full or part time as Medical Assistants. Starting average wages for medical assistants in our region range from $17 to $19 per hour.
"The medical assisting program at CCC was a wonderful experience for me. Not only did I learn the skills to be a successful MA, but I also gained great friends and confidence in myself and my abilities. The classes and practicum experience gave me the knowledge and skills to jump into my role as a MA in a very busy and successful family practice without missing a beat. I now work for a great doctor and love going to work everyday!"
Plan of Study
MA 112 Clinical Procedures I 3 credits
MA 120 Body Structure and Function I 4 credits
MA 27 Office Skills for the Medical Setting 5 credits
WR 121 English Composition 4 credits
MA 113 Clinical Procedures II 4 credits
MA 121 Body Structure and Function II 4 credits
MA 133 Practicum I 4 credits
MTH 63 Math for Medical Assistants 4 credits
MA 115 Pharmacology 3 credits
MA 231 Practicum II 5 credits
WR 227 Technical Writing 4 credits
PSYCH 101 Human Relations 4 credits
Students interested in enrolling in the MA program must be ready for college level reading, writing and math. The Medical Assistant program is a Fall (September) start only program, with the enrollment process beginning the first week of April. Download the Medical Assistant Checklist from the above link, attach a copy of either your previous college transcripts or your Accuplacer test results and schedule an appointment with your academic advisor. Students meeting the necessary requirements will then need to schedule an appointment with Holly Tumbarello to complete the pre-enrollment process that includes a urine drug screen and criminal background check. Only those students who complete the process will be enrolled for Fall term. This is a limited enrollment program.
- To take the Accuplacer placement evaluation if necessary, you will be prompted to register online for the placement test through online admissions. For more information about the Placement Evaluation click here.
- To schedule an appointment with your academic advisor contact the Student Services Center at 503-338-2411 or email.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.Sep 4, 2019
Employment Opportunities include:
- Urgent care centers
- Primary care facilities
- Assisted living facilities
- Specialty clinics
What do medical assistants do?
Medical Assistants work alongside physician-led teams providing care to a variety of patients. As a Medical Assistant, you will have the clinical and administrative skills to keep any medical office running smoothly, completing tasks such as taking vitals, drawing blood, assisting with minor procedures, obtaining insurance and billing information, providing patient education and much more!
What does the job market look like for registered nurses?
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook: Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians.Sep 4, 2019
Will I be eligible to take a national certification exam for medical assistants if I graduate from the Clatsop Community College Medical Assisting Program?
Yes. As you near the end of your education in the program, you will be provided with information necessary to apply for and take a national certification exam through a variety of sources. CCC is affiliated with American Medical Technologists, but there are other exam options.