Medical Assistant

North Idaho College

Medical Assistant

Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

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Updated May 13, 2024

The Medical Assistant program at North Idaho College equips students to work as entry-level health care providers in diverse settings like physician's offices, health care clinics, and hospitals. Graduates are prepared to assist physicians and professionals in managing client care, office tasks, patient care, and specimen collection. They are eligible to take the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification exam. In 2020, the program achieved a 100% job placement rate, program retention rate, and employer satisfaction rate, with employers expressing a high demand for NIC graduates. Students can complete requirements with various course loads and flexible scheduling options, including online and in-person lab instruction.

Key Skills Taught:

  • Competency in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains
  • Preparation of competent, entry-level medical assistants for the health care industry
  • Promotion of lifelong learning and commitment to quality health care
  • Office management, patient care, specimen collection, and assisting health care professionals
  • Minimum typing speed requirement of 35 words per minute
  • Completion of prerequisites like Human Biology and Anatomy & Physiology courses
  • Compliance with program requirements including background checks, vaccinations, and potential drug screenings for clinical placements.

Tuition: How Much Does North Idaho College's Medical Assisting Program Cost?

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Program Length: How Long Is North Idaho College's Medical Assisting Certificate Program?

The program length for the Medical Assistant program at North Idaho College is 5 semesters.

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About North Idaho College

North Idaho College (NIC) is a public community college located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with an enrollment of approximately 4,300 undergraduate students. 

Founded in 1933, NIC offers a range of degrees and certificates in college transfer, career and technical, and general education programs. 

The college's main campus is situated on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene and serves the diverse educational needs of residents in Idaho's five northern counties. 

NIC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is part of the state's higher education system, collaborating with universities such as the University of Idaho, Lewis-Clark State College, Boise State University, and Idaho State University.

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