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Medical Assisting Diploma Program

What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistants are trained in both administrative and clinical tasks that support physicians and other medical personnel. Qualified Medical Assistants are essential to the success of any healthcare facility. A certified Medical Assistant works with patients directly to ensure that they receive proper care while providing health professionals with vital patient information.

How to Become a Medical Assistant:

Aspiring Medical Assistants must successfully complete a Medical Assisting program at an accredited school such as Pioneer Pacific College. Pioneer’s Medical Assisting Diploma Program prepares students for an entry-level position in a physician’s office or medical clinic. The program emphasizes the development of clinical skills and administrative skills, equipping graduates for a variety of positions in the healthcare field.

We believe in learning by doing. That’s why our medical assistant training is hands-on and provides students with as much experience as possible, making the transition from school to a professional work environment a smooth one. Our Medical Assisting Diploma Program includes 180 hours of an on-the-job externship in a real healthcare setting.

Pioneer Pacific College offers day, evening, and weekend class options to students enrolling in our Medical Assisting – Diploma program at our Springfield, Wilsonville – Health Career Institute, and Beaverton* locations.

*Only day and evening class options are offered at our Beaverton location.

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Jordann Seater“The teachers are very inviting and they make you feel comfortable, are really outgoing and make it more fun to be in than other schools. We’re like one big family.“Jordann Seater, Medical Assisting Alumni

Medical Assisting Program Details

Vocational Objective
The Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in a physician’s office or medical clinic. The program emphasizes the development of clinical skills to train students for positions such as medical assistant, medical receptionist, health plan coordinator, and medical insurance customer service representative. Students learn not only in the classroom, but also in the laboratory which simulates the facilities, equipment, and records found in both the clinical and administrative areas of ambulatory care centers. In addition to classroom and lab instruction, students spend the last 180 hours of their program at an externship site, where, under supervision, they experience firsthand the working environment they are preparing to enter. Graduates of the Pioneer Pacific College Health Career Institute in Wilsonville and Pioneer Pacific College Springfield locations are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) exam for Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

In addition, graduates of the Medical Assisting program at any location are eligible to take the American Medical Technologist (AMT) exam for Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Graduates are eligible to take the National Certified Medical Assisting (NCMA) exam given through the National Centers for Competency Testing (NCCT).

Individuals who have been found guilty of or plead guilty to a felony may not be eligible to sit for the CMA, AAMA, RMA or NCMA certifications. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check, pass drug screens and complete certain vaccines prior to externship and employment in the Medical Assisting field. Applicants to the program are encouraged to discuss any health issues with an admission officer.

Upon completion of the Diploma in Medical Assisting at Pioneer Pacific College, the graduate will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to pass a certification examination in Medical Assisting.
  • Apply competent patient care while fulfilling laboratory and administrative duties as an entry-level assistant to healthcare professionals.
  • Act as a patient advocate, and demonstrate the ability to provide patient care in a professional manner with respect for diverse people and cultures.
  • Function as a member of the healthcare delivery team.
  • Apply knowledge of medical assisting standards, ethics, laws and regulations within their scope of practice.

How long will it take me to complete this program?

The program is designed to take 50 academic weeks to complete. 88% of graduates from this program finished in this time.

What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?

The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2013-2014 is 75%.

The job placement rate for students who complete the program at the Health Career Institute, Wilsonville, is 73%. For Springfield students, the rate is 76%.

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  • 50 academic weeks

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Medical Assistant Jobs

Medical Assistant
Phlebotomist
Assistant Manager
Donor Processor
Lab Assistant

Clinical Skills

  • BLS CPR Certified
  • Patient Charting & History
  • Vitals
  • Minor Surgery Assisting and Prep
  • First Aid/Emergency Response
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Eye Examinations

Lab Skills

  • Blood Draws / Phlebotomy
  • Urinalysis
  • Cultures
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • EKG
  • Nebulizer
  • ABO Blood Typing
  • Injections
  • Externship

Administrative Skills

  • Appointments
  • Filing/Typing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Insurance Form Preparation
  • Medical Transcription
  • HIPAA Certification
  • Medical Terminology

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Discover if a Medical Assisting career is right for you by calling one of our helpful Admissions Officers at 1-866-772-4636 or contact us online and we’ll get in touch to further discuss your interests in a medical career.

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