Medical assisting completes 10th year

October 17, 2017

The Columbia Gorge Community College Medical Assisting Program just completed its 10th year. In that time, 136 students have graduated from the program.

Medical assisting is a one-year certificate where students will receive training which involves administrative and clinical aspects of health care in clinics and physicians' offices.

Job placement rate for our graduates is 82 percent, with the primary employers being Mid-Columbia Medical Center outpatient physicians, Providence Hood River physicians, and One Community Health.

The retention rate for the current five-year reporting period is 90 percent, which indicates a real commitment to student success by the college staff and faculty.

Since inception of mandatory completion of the AAMA Certifying Exam, 89 percent of our graduates have taken the exam and 85 percent have passed the exam. That is a 95 percent success rate.

We are proud of the success of the CGCC Medical Assisting Program and commend its faculty for the outstanding work that they do to promote student success even in to the work force.

Clinical duties for medical assistants include assisting the physician and preparing patients for examinations and treatment; taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, performing certain diagnostic tests, preparing, administering and documenting medications, and collecting and processing specimens.

Administrative duties include scheduling and receiving patients, maintaining medical records, handling telephone calls, correspondence and reports, insurance matters, office accounts, fees and collections.