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Degrees & Certificates

Medical Assisting

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 47 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
Gainful Employment

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Medical Assistant 31
Health 1
Biology 4
Medical Professions 3
Medical Laboratory Technology 4
Psychology 4
Credit Total 47

Career Description

Those training in the Medical Assisting Program will find occupations involved with administrative and clinical aspects of health care in clinics and physicians’ offices. The medical assistant performs a variety of clinical and administrative duties. Clinical duties may include: assisting physicians and preparing patients for examinations and treatment; taking and recording vital signs and medical histories; performing certain diagnostic tests; preparing, administering and documenting medication; collecting and processing specimens. Administrative duties may include: scheduling and receiving patients; maintaining medical records; handling telephone calls; correspondence and reports; insurance matters; office accounts; fees and collections.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of WR 121, MTH 60, BI 121, MP 111.
  2. Students must demonstrate a working knowledge and/or background of basic computer skills including windows, keyboarding, Internet and email. Students not able to demonstrate a working knowledge and/or background will be required to take a course(s) prior to admission.
  3. Program advising with a Medical Assisting Program advisor.
  4. Students must have transportation to clinical facilities through out the Mid-Columbia area.
  5. A criminal background check and drug screen. Contact the department office for more information.

Course of Study

Students must be full-time and receive a grade of "C" or better in all program required courses. The program is designed to correlate classroom and laboratory experience with practical experience in health care facilities.

Students are prepared to function under the supervision of a licensed physician. The program is modeled after the program at Portland Community College and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with persons through the use of verbal & non-verbal skills, written abilities, active listening and information technologies within the ambulatory care settings.
  • Integrate the principles of mathematics and scientific knowledge with administrative and clinical medical assisting practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet patient’s needs as a mature, adaptable person and member of the medical assisting profession.
  • Think creatively and critically in the identification, analysis, and resolution of problems, issues, truth claims, and ethical issues.
  • Practice medical assisting within the standards and guidelines of medical assisting program accreditation and medical assistant certification standards.

Legal Limitations for CMA Certification

Individuals who have been found guilty of a felony, or pleaded guilty to a felony, may not be eligible to take the Certified Medical Assistant Examination (CMA-AAMA). However, the certifying board may grant a waiver based on mitigating circumstances. See the American Association of Medical Assistance (AAMA) CMA Examination Application for specifics.

Application & Acceptance

Acceptance into the medical assisting program requires that students meet the Compass placement scores and demonstrate satisfactory English language ability through a written and oral interview assessment. Students also must have documentation of the following prior to the beginning of the third term: satisfactory physical examination, current immunizations, Mantoux Test, evidence of immunity to measles and evidence of initiating the immunization series to Hepatitis B or sign a waiver.

Admissions instructions and applications may be obtained from Students Services at 541-506-6011 or 541-308-8211.

Applications will be evaluated using a weighted point scale based on: interview, letters of recommendation and application narrative.

Application documents should be sent to the attention of:
Student Services
Medical Assisting Program Admissions
Columbia Gorge Community College
400 East Scenic Drive
The Dalles, OR 97058