Medical Assistant CC
Health Sciences Department | C.C. Certificate of Completion | 1 year
Work alongside physicians in medical offices to provide care and education to patients with the Medical Assistant certificate from Clackamas Community College.
Medical assistants work in ambulatory care (clinics) and perform a wide range of administrative and clinical duties. They work with medical providers, nurses, physician assistants, behavioral health specialists and other medical professionals to provide the best possible patient-centered care. Medical assistants are trained to perform a number of administrative and clinical functions within the clinic.
Examples of common administrative duties include: patient registration and intake, referrals to specialists, prior authorizations for medication or medical procedures and insurance verification.
Examples of common clinical duties include: rooming patients, collecting patient vital signs (e.g., blood pressure, temperature, pulse), collecting and documenting information in the electronic medical record (EMR), maintaining the clinic workflow, assisting in minor office procedures (e.g., toenail removals, laceration repair, pap smears), performing venipuncture (phlebotomy) and point of care testing (e.g., fasting lipid tests, urinalysis, strep tests), performing electrocardiograms and administering vaccines.
Medical Assistant Application Process
Review all information provided here on this webpage before completing the application.
Meet with a Health Sciences Program Academic Advisor prior to completing the program application.
Answer all of the questions on the application including the essays (see pages three and four of the advising guide and below for more details) and submit the application form. You will type your responses for the two essay questions directly into the application. See the scoring rubric below for more details.
The application deadline for fall term is July 1, 2023.
Students who successfully gain admission to the program will be notified by July 20, 2023 and invited to attend an in-person orientation on the Harmony campus scheduled to take place August 9, 2023.
Medical Assistant Essay Questions
Medical Assistant Core Requirements
Complete the Following
- Medical Office Practices
- Examination Room Techniques I
- Examination Room Techniques I Lab
- Body Systems and Pharmacology
- Phlebotomy I
- Phlebotomy I Lab
- Seminar I
- Insurance & Health Information Management
- Examination Room Techniques II
- Examination Room Techniques Lab II
- Clinical Lab Procedures I
- Clinical Lab Procedures I Lab
- Phlebotomy II
- Phlebotomy II Lab
- Seminar II
- Clinical Lab Procedures II
- Clinical Lab Procedures II Lab
- Medical Assistant Practicum
- Certification Exam Review
Computation Related Instruction
Complete MTH-050 or MTH-065 or higher
- Technical Mathematics I
- Algebra II
Communication Related Instruction
Complete WR-101 or WR-121Z (preferred)
- Workplace Writing
- Composition I
Human Relations Related Instruction
- Human Relations