Medical Assisting

Certificate of Completion: 40 credits. Advising Guide (link) 

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.

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. Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

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 certification exams. However, each certifying body may grant a waiver based on mitigating circumstances. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Application & Acceptance

Students must apply to the Medical Assisting Program by filling out the forms in the Medical Assisting Admissions Application Packet.

All program prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or better. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis; priority will be given to applicants with completed prerequisites. Applicants who are enrolled in prerequisites for summer term can be accepted to the program pending completion of the prerequisite courses with a “C” or better. For assistance, call Student Services at (541) 506- 6011 or (541) 308-8211.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Perform administrative procedures associated with Medical Office.
  2. Perform clinical assisting and laboratory procedures.
  3. Create and enter data into different healthcare documents.
  4. Apply legal concepts to medical practice.
  5. Communicate professionally with patients, coworkers, and providers.
  6. To enter the profession proficient in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains laid out by the American Association of Medical Assistants.


  • Placement into WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits)

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Courses Credits
MA 110 Medical Office Communications and Professionalism 3 credits
MA 114 Electronic Health Records 2 credits
MA 117 Medical Office Administrative Procedures 5 credits
MA 170 Admin Practicum 1 credits
MP 111 Medical Terminology 4 credits
MP 140 Introduction to Health Law and Ethics 3 credits
Total 18 credits

Courses Credits
MA 115 Digital Health & Patient Care 2 credits
MA 125 Medical Office Clinical Procedures 6 credits
MA 126 Medical Office Diagnostic Procedures 5 credits
MA 130 Body Systems, Diseases, and Drug Treatments 4 credits
HE 113 First Aid & CPR/AED/Professional Rescuers/Healthcare Providers 1 credit
Total 18 credits

Courses Credits
MA 270 Clinical Practicum 4 credits
Total 4 credits

Credit Summary  
Requirements Credits
Medical Assisting (MA) 32
Medical Professions (MP) 7
Health Education (HE) 1