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2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog 
2019-2020 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, 1-yr Certificate

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Total Program Credits: 54 

Total Program Prerequisites: 13-14 credits

Estimated Program Length: One year

Offered by the Health Professions  Division, 541.463.5617

Certificate of Completion Requirements  

Program Coordinator Marty Pittman RN, CMA (AAMA) 541.463.3177 Health Professions Division, 541.463.5617

Purpose To train the graduate for a successful career in the profession of medical assisting, and qualified to become a Certified Medical Assistant. The Certified Medical Assistant is a vital member of the ambulatory health care team.

Learning Outcomes The student who successfully completes all Medical Assistant requirements will:

  • Prepare patients for examination or treatment; take temperatures, measure height and weight, and accurately record information in the patient chart.
  • Physically assist patients onto and off of exam table.
  • Sterilize instruments and stand by to assist as the physician examines or treats patients, or performs in-office surgeries.
  • Give medical care to patients, under the physician's supervision, such as giving injections and drawing blood.
  • Perform certain diagnostic testing in the laboratory.
  • Perform administrative duties, which include managing an appointment schedule, organizing patients' medical records, bookkeeping procedures, and processing insurance claims.
  • Use library resources for research and written assignments for a variety of purposes.
  • Perform mathematic equations associated with medication dosages as well as basic mathematics to process medical insurance claims.

Accreditation Medical Assistant, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, on recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33753;; 727.210.2350

Licensing & Certification Certified Medical Assistant: CMA (AAMA) This is a National Certification

Admission Information Students are encouraged to consult a program advisor or counselor before applying for admission. The application and information on the point allocation system and transfer students is available in the Counseling and Advising Center and on the Medical Office Assistant website,

Advising Contact

Cooperative Education (Co-op) During the required Co-op work experience in spring term, students rotate through local medical offices and clinics in both clinical and administrative settings. Students earn college credit and gain actual work experience. Students also receive instruction in the identification and proper use of other medical equipment and valuable on-the-job training. A required weekly seminar during Winter term includes resume writing instruction, interviewing techniques, and other job-search skills. Contact Marty Pittman, Medical Assistant Cooperative Education Coordinator, Bldg. 30, Rm. 210: 541.463.3177.

Job Openings and Wages Projected through 2022

Medical Assistant

Lane County openings - 30 annually
Statewide openings - 375 annually

Lane County average hourly - $15.77; average annual - $32,791
Oregon average hourly - $16.42; average annual - $34,162

Estimated Program Cost 

Books   $3,858
Certification, Licensure, Exams, Physicals   $125
Differential Fees*   $492
Resident Tuition and General Student Fees   $6,072
  Total Estimated Cost $10,547

*This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program. These fees and other course fees may change during the year. See the online credit class schedule for fees assigned to courses.

Program Notes

  • Prerequisites are required for some courses. See complete course listing .
  • The following requirements must meet universal standards order for internships: Physical examination; proof of required immunizations; tuberculosis (TB) screen; substance abuse screening (10-panel drug and alcohol screen); and criminal background check
  • If Math is taken in the self-paced format through the Math Resource Center, then all credits must be completed to meet this requirement.
  • Courses with the prefixes BT, CIS, CS, HIM, HO, HIT, PSY may be taken prior to program acceptance.

Program Prerequisites

PREREQUISITES must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. Prerequisites are required for program admission. CG 203 or COMM 218 are recommended for meeting the Human Relations requirement.

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