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)


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

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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 Essay Questions

Application Essay Questions and Scoring Rubrics


Harmony Campus

7738 SE Harmony Road

Milwaukie, OR 97222