Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Admissions: Step 5

Complete prerequisite classes

The following prerequisite classes are available at Portland Community College. If you believe you have met the core requirements of any of these classes at other colleges, please contact healthca@pcc.edu to have your transcripts "unofficially" evaluated to determine completion of requirements. Your classwork may need to be evaluated by the Department Chair as well, before you will be advised on whether your previous coursework meets PCC class requirements.

  1. WR 121 - English Composition
  2. MP 111- Medical Terminology
  3. MTH 60 – Introductory Algebra, 1st term
  4. BI 121 – Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, 1st term (will also accept BI 231-232)

ALSO RECOMMENDED: CAS 133 - Basic Computer Skills and/or CAS 121 – Computerized Keyboarding. Students should type 35 wpm to begin the program. Some employers require 45 wpm to be eligible for employment.

Students are also encouraged to take BI 122, PSY 101, MP 150, and MP 140 before starting the program to reduce their course load once admitted to the program. No additional points are given for taking these classes before admission, though.

All prerequisite classes must be passed with a grade 'C' or above. Prerequisite may be in progress when you submit your application but must be complete by the end of the application period.

Receiving admission points

  • Students will receive admission points for grades in prerequisite classes, two short answer essays, experience working and volunteering in four different areas and two recommendation forms.
  • For detailed information on the point system used for admission see the advising guide.
  • Students will be ranked in order of points and time of application, so it is to your advantage to get your application in early in case your points put you at the cutoff for admission. Often a student has the same points as a student entering the program, but will miss the opportunity to join the program because of a late application.
  • See the Medical Assisting Application for more information on the essays, the format used for documenting experience and the recommendation forms required (see step 6).