• Medical Assistant Program Application for the 2017-18 academic year are now available

  • Medical Assistant


    Program code: CC.MEDASST

    Medical assistants function as integral members of the healthcare delivery team in performing administrative, clinical and trans-disciplinary (general) functions. The Medical Assistant (MA) program at Clackamas Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Educational Review Board, MAERB (Division of CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; telephone: 727-210-2350, online: www.caahep.org


    The MA application with admission procedures, requirements, prerequisites and pertinent dates is available online, www.clackamas.edu/healthSciences/; at the Health Sciences Department and Student Advising Services at Harmony Campus, and at the Enrollment Service Center or Student Academic Support Services Department at the Oregon City Campus.

    For successful completion of the MA program, applicants are advised that a high level of physical and mental stamina, manual dexterity, the ability to multitask, and a high degree of attention to detail will be required.

    Prior to application the MA student candidate must:

    • Meet the appropriate placement score in math either by taking the placement exam or by providing proof of a comparable assessment. CCC placements should be dated no earlier than 2008 or previous college coursework as documented by official college/university transcripts. To be eligible to apply, students must show placement by:
    • passing WR-095 or placement in WR-121
    • passing MTH-020 or placement in MTH-050/060
    • passing RD-090 or placement in RD-115
    • During the multi-phase application process the applicant will be asked to provide:
    • Proof of recent physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider,
    • Proof of Oregon Health Authority required immunizations or proof of immunity and TB screen,
    • American Heart Association-Healthcare Provider CPR and Heartsaver First Aid certification cards; both of which must remain current throughout the entirety of the MA program
    • Medical Assistant students must meet statutory mandates for healthcare providers. Anyone with a criminal record may not be allowed in a healthcare facility as a student. The aim of this legislation is to prevent abuse situations with vulnerable adults and children. All students in the Health Sciences Department are required to have a criminal history background check and drug and alcohol test. If you have questions about criminal history disqualifiers, please reference http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/chc/pages/tools.aspx and read the provider crime lists for detailed information.
    • As instructed by the Health Sciences Department, complete the required criminal history background check (CBC) and Urine Drug Screen (UDS). NOTE: Successful students will be asked to repeat the criminal history and UDS prior to entering clinical placement.
    • Candidates accepted into the MA program must have successfully completed MA-110, Medical Terminology, and WR-121, English Composition or WR-101, Communication Skills: Occupational Writing, prior to beginning core curriculum. Please check the website as prerequisites may change from year to year.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate entry-level employment skills,
    • apply knowledge appropriate to pass national exam,
    • demonstrate the ability to work within the scope of practice of a medical assistant,
    • perform phlebotomy and other specimen collection skills using accepted technical practices,
    • apply medical laws and ethical principles to medical assisting practice,
    • apply infection control principles and techniques to the practice of medical assisting,
    • consistently demonstrate patient safety skills,
    • calculate and safely administer medications: oral and parenteral,
    • apply critical thinking skills to administrative and clinical competencies,
    • apply professional behaviors in all aspects of medical assisting,
    • sit for the American Association of Medical Assistants national certification exam,


    Career opportunities may include but are not limited to: employment in the ambulatory healthcare facilities, and outpatient surgical centers. Students should be prepared for entry-level employment as a medical assistant.

    The Medical Assistant Program of Clackamas Community College does not discriminate among applicants as to age, gender affiliation, sexual orientation, color, religion, or national origin.

    For continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers see Healthcare Professional Development (XHPD) in the course description section of this catalog.

    Medical Assistant Certificate PREREQUISITE TO acceptance

    COURSE Credits

    MA-110 Medical Terminology 3

    WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing

    or WR-121 English Composition 3-4


    FALL TERM Credits

    BI-120 Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology

    or BI-101 General Biology; Cellular Biology

    & BI-102 General Biology; Animal Systems

    or BI-231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

    & BI-232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

    & BI-233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III 4

    MA-112 Medical Office Practices 4

    MA-145 Insurance & Health Information Management 4

    SECOND TERM Credits

    MA-116 Introduction to Medications 4

    MA-117 Clinical Lab Procedures I 1

    MA-117L Clinical Lab Procedures I Lab 1

    MA-118 Examination Room Techniques 4

    MA-118L Examination Room Techniques Lab 1

    MTH-054 Medication Calculations for Medical Assistants 4

    PSY-101 Human Relations 3

    THIRD TERM (WEEKS 1-5) Credits

    MA-115 Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants 1

    MA-115L Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants Lab 1

    MA-121 Clinical Lab Procedures II 1

    MA-121L Clinical Lab Procedures II Lab 1

    PSY-215 Introduction to Developmental Psychology 4

    (WEEKS 6-11) Credits

    MA-119** Medical Assistant Practicum 9

    Credits required for certificate 53-54

    **To meet graduation requirements in addition to successful completion of courses, the MA student is required to:

    • Participate in an unpaid, supervised externship in an ambulatory care setting.

    • Perform 20 hours of public health-related community service.

    • Register for either the CMA (AAMA) or the RMA (AMT) certification exam.

    Note: All clinical/practicum courses are Pass/No Pass. All other courses are letter graded and must be passed with C or better. All related instruction courses may be taken prior to entering the MA program.

    Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order. Core curriculum is intended to be completed over three consecutive terms in one academic year.

    For the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, direct inquiries to: AAMA Certification Department at www.aama-ntl.org or by phone 800-228-2262.

    For the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam, direct inquiries to www.americanmedtech.org or by phone 800-275-1268.

    Information from the 2016-2017 catalog.

  • Contact our Health Sciences Department

    Harmony Campus - 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

    Email us: healthsciences@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-0650