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2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, 1-yr Certificate

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Program Length: One year, 48 credits

Program Prerequisites: 21 credits

Program Contacts

Estimated Cost: $10,559

  • Books - $3,858
  • Certification, Exams, Physicals - $125
  • *Differential Fees - $504
  • Resident Tuition and General Student Fees - $6,072

Tuition and fee estimates are based on the prior academic year's rates. Course tuition and fees may change during the year. Learn more and view updated tuition and fee information at www.lanecc.edu/esfs/credit-tuition. *This is the total of all the differential fees attached to the courses in this program.

Learning Outcomes

The purpose of this program is 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.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • 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.

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 Assistant website, https://www.lanecc.edu/hp/medical-assistant

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Program Prerequisites must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. Prerequisites are required for program admission. To meet minimum application requirements, additional coursework may be needed. See Academic Advisors and application packet for information.

Program Core Courses

Program Core courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted. The following course may be completed with a C- or Pass: BT 165 

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. P/NP is not accepted.


  • This program follows Certificate of Completion Requirements  unless otherwise specified.
  • 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.
  • MA 112 - Medical Insurance Procedures , MA 119 - Introduction to Medical Coding and Scribing  and courses with the prefixes BT, CIS, CS, HIM, HP, PSY may be taken prior to program acceptance.
  • Cooperative Education: 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: pittmanm@lanecc.edu 541.463.3177.

Licensing and Certification

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


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; www.caahep.org; 727.210.2350

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