Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

The Medical Assisting program accepts 24 students each spring and fall term. Spring term students begin at Willow Creek Center, Fall term students begin at Cascade Campus. Students are selected based on a competitive point system. For information on how to receive points, see the advising guide. Please check your PCC email regularly during the admission process. All communication related to your application and admission will be done through your PCC email account.

Steps to admission:

  1. Attend information session or make advising appointment
  2. Apply to PCC
  3. Take placement test or get credit for previous coursework
  4. Submit Transcripts
  5. Complete prerequisite classes and earn points toward admission
  6. Complete the application
  7. Admission Notification

When to apply

Students with the same number of points will be accepted in the order their completed application was received, so apply early.

Application deadlines
Term you want to start First chance to apply Deadline
Spring 2016 – Willow Creek Center October 26, 2015 December 17, 2015
We will be accepting applications to be on the alternate list only for the spring 2016 cohort through March 25, 2016. Prerequisites must be complete by the end of winter term to be eligible to apply. Please contact healthca@pcc.edu for questions.
Fall 2016 – Cascade Campus April 18, 2016 June 17, 2016

Cohort and schedule

Students will become part of a cohort (a group of students who take classes together). The Medical Assisting program is a Certificate program, and students go full time for 3 terms during the day.

Practicum Requirements

After admission to the program, but before beginning directed practice, students may be required to complete some or all of the following: criminal background check, proof of immunizations, and a ten-panel drug screening. There will be a cost to the student associated with completing this requirement (see program costs). For more information about practicum requirements contact Admissions at healthca@pcc.edu or 971-722-5667.