Medical Assisting

Portland Community College Medical Assisting Portland, Oregon

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Updated May 13, 2024

The health care program focuses on teaching key clinical and administrative procedures, communication skills, and employability skills to prepare students for careers in the medical field.

Key Skills Taught:

  • Clinical Procedures: Venipuncture, blood pressure, EKGs, injections, wound care, and more.
  • Administrative Procedures: Electronic health record documentation, appointment scheduling, patient chart management, and more.
  • Communication Skills: Person-centered communication, overcoming communication barriers, trauma-informed care, patient interviewing, culturally competent care, and more.
  • Employability Skills: Teamwork, professionalism, resume writing, interview preparation, and national exam preparation.

Program Features:

  • Various Class Formats: In-person, hybrid, remote, and online classes.
  • 9-Month Program Duration.
  • Guaranteed Admissions Process.
  • New Cohort Starts Every Term.
  • Instructors Who Are Program Graduates.
  • Opportunities for Paid Externships.
  • High Employment Rate: 92% of students employed within a month after graduation.
  • Strong Exam Pass Rate: 97% of students pass the national exam.
  • Competitive Starting Salaries: Fall 2022 graduates had an average starting salary of $46,380/year.
  • Affordable Program Cost: Approximately $7,200, lower than other programs in the area.
  • Scholarships Available for Medical Assistant Students.

Graduates' Opportunities:

  • Graduates are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) national certification examination.
  • Employed in various clinics and health care settings, from small private practices to large organizations.
  • Partnerships with health care institutions like Providence Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Medical Group, and more.

Tuition: How Much Does Portland Community College's Medical Assisting Program Cost?

From Portland Community College's website

The Medical Assisting program at Portland Community College offers a comprehensive education at an approximate cost of $7,200. This cost is an estimate and may vary depending on the number of credits taken per quarter. It's important to note that this cost does not include additional fees such as materials or lab fees. The cost provides a solid foundation in health care, preparing students for a rewarding career in the medical field.

Program Length: How Long Is Portland Community College's Medical Assisting Certificate Program?

The program length for the Medical Assisting program at Portland Community College is 9 months.

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About Portland Community College

Portland Community College (PCC) is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving over 50,000 full-time and part-time students. 

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