Medical Assistant Diploma - Pioneer Pacific College
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Medical Assisting – Diploma

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 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, and Beaverton* locations.

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

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

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Program Details

Additional Limited X-Ray Training

X-ray Technician training can be added to a student’s credentials through an additional x-ray certification program. Students are introduced to specified x-ray skills regarding the head, spine, chest, upper and lower extremities, and feet in typical in clinical settings. Safety measures, positioning techniques, and film assessment are also covered.  Acquired x-ray tech skills are demonstrated using an on-site energized x-ray lab. Limited X-ray courses are offered at the Wilsonville-Health Career Institute and Springfield campuses.

Medical Assisting Certification

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Diploma with Limited X-Ray program are eligible to receive Limited X-Ray Certification by completing the National Certified Medical Assisting (NCMA) exam given through the National Centers for Competency Testing (NCCT).


Many states, including Oregon, require that X-Ray Technicians receive licensure. Limited X-Ray graduates are authorized to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist’s (ARRT) Limited Scope exam. The Oregon Board of Medical Imaging (OBMI) grants limited licensing upon successful completion of the exam. Applicants are encouraged to contact the OBMI if they have been convicted of, or plead guilty to a felony or misdemeanor as this may impact 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 50 academic weeks to complete. 77% 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 78%.


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Possible completion

  • 50 academic weeks

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Cost, Financing and Success for Medical Assisting – Diploma

Typical Jobs

Medical Assistant
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

Medical Assisting Program Cost & Financing

How much will this program cost me?

  • Tuition and fees: $19,700
  • Books and supplies: $0
  • On-campus room & board: not offered

What’s included?

The cost of certain required books, tools and supplies is included in the lab fee. Once issued, these items become the property of the student and the lab fee cannot be refunded. Other fees may apply. Some books become the property of the student and others are loaned for the term(s) for which they are needed. All loaned books must be returned in good condition at the end of each term. Students who graduate or withdraw must return all books within one week, or the appropriate replacement charge will be made against the student’s account.

What are my financing options?

In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 96.05% of graduates used loans to finance their education.

The median debt for program graduates:

  • Federal loans: $15,097
  • Private education loans: $0
  • Institution cust-info plan: $0

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Discover if Medical Assisting is the right career 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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