Medical Assistant CC

Health Sciences Department | 3 CC - 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.

New Medical Assisting Course

Program accreditation information
MA-100 (two credit) exploration course (optional)


  • Mar 15

    Medical Assistant information session

    A hybrid information session for the Medical Assistant program will be held from 5-6 p.m. via Zoom and on the Harmony campus. If you are able to attend, please register. Applications are open from March 1-July 1.

Medical Assistant CC

Job Outlook
Program Structure
Oregon Health Authority Rules for Students in Clinical Training
Program Costs
Description and Outcomes

Medical Assistant Requirements

Prerequisite requirements for program
Essential functions

Medical Assistant Application Process

Step 01

Review all information provided here on this webpage before completing the application.

Step 02

Meet with a Health Sciences Program Academic Advisor prior to completing the program application.

Step 03

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.

Step 04

Send your unofficial transcripts or Clackamas Community College (PASS) placement test scores for prerequisites (Math, Writing) via email to:

Note: Make sure to indicate the program you are applying for in the email subject line: "MA Pre-requisite Courses Transcript Check."

Medical Assistant Essay Questions

Medical Assistant Essay Questions

Application Essay Questions and Scoring Rubrics

Medical Assistant Prerequisites

Complete the Following
  • MA-110
  • Medical Terminology
  • 4
  • MA-112
  • Medical Office Practices
  • 4
  • MA-115
  • Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants
  • 1
  • MA-115L
  • Phlebotomy for Medical Assistants Lab
  • 1
  • 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
  • 5
  • MA-118L
  • Examination Room Techniques Lab
  • 1
  • MA-119
  • Medical Assistant Practicum
  • 9
  • MA-121
  • Clinical Lab Procedures II
  • 1
  • MA-121L
  • Clinical Lab Procedures II Lab
  • 1
  • MA-145
  • Insurance & Health Information Management
  • 5
  • PSY-215
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • 4
Complete BI-120, or BI-101 & BI-102, or BI-231 & BI-232 & BI-233
  • BI-101
  • General Biology; Cellular Biology
  • 4
  • BI-102
  • General Biology; Animal Systems
  • 4
  • BI-120
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • 4
  • BI-231
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • 4
  • BI-232
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 4
  • BI-233
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology III
  • 4

Computation Related Instruction

Complete MTH-054
  • MTH-054
  • Medication Calculations for Medical Assistants
  • 4

Communication Related Instruction

Complete WR-101 or WR-121 (preferred)
  • WR-101
  • Communication Skills: Occupational Writing
  • 3
  • WR-121
  • English Composition
  • 4

Human Relations Related Instruction

Complete PSY-101
  • PSY-101
  • Human Relations
  • 3

All clinical/practicum courses are Pass/No Pass. All other courses must be passed with C or better.
Core curriculum is sequential and may not be taken out of order.
For the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam, direct inquiries to: AAMA Certification Department at or by phone 800-228-2262.
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 the CMA (AAMA) certification exam.
Total Credits Required: 45


Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Road

Milwaukie, OR 97222