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Medical Assisting Associate Degree Program

Medical Assistants are responsible for both clinical and administrative tasks that are a necessary part of medical office operations. The role of the medical assistant is essential and a MA with a strong skill-set is highly valued by their medical team. Most medical assistants find their jobs rewarding since they help others in a number of ways every day. Because of the care and skill provided by medical assistants, many people are able to lead healthier and happier lives.

Students in the medical assisting program learn in a laboratory as well as in a classroom. The laboratory provides a similar setting to medical facilities, equipment, and records found in the clinical and administrative areas of ambulatory care centers. This allows students to familiarize themselves with their future work environments in order to build confidence before setting foot in a real world medical facility. Students work with microscopes, an EKG machine, examination tables, an autoclave, medical instruments, and other equipment for practical training. The program also includes a 180-hour externship in a real healthcare setting. The AAS degree program provides the same skills as the diploma program, with an additional emphasis on computer skills and a full range of clinical and lab competencies.

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 Associate Program Details

Additional Limited X-Ray Training

Students may also choose to add x-ray training to their credentials. This additional program emphasizes the development of x-ray skills regarding the head, spine, chest and upper and lower extremities. Safety measures, positioning techniques and film assessment are also covered. Limited X-ray courses are offered at the Wilsonville-Health Career Institute and Springfield campuses.

Medical Assisting Certification

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the National Certified Medical Assisting (NCMA) exam given through the National Centers for Competency Testing (NCCT).

X-Ray Licensing

Licensure is required in order to become an X-Ray Technician in Oregon and many other states. Graduates of limited X-Ray are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s (ARRT) Limited Scope exam in order to obtain limited licensing through the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI). Applicants are encouraged to contact the OBMI if they have been convicted of or plead guilty to a felony or misdemeanor in order to see how this may affect their eligibility for licensing. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check and may be required to pass a drug screen in order to become employed in the field.

How long will it take me to complete this program?

The program is designed to take 70 academic weeks to complete. 65% 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 2014-2015 is 84%.


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Possible completion

  • 70 academic weeks

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Cost, Financing and Success for Medical Assisting – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Typical Jobs

Medical Assistant
Assistant Manager
Donor Processor
Lab Assistant
Medical Records Technician
Patient Coordinator
Medical Receptionist
Front Office

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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