Medical assistants work directly with patients in small or large healthcare settings. Medical assistants ensure that patients receive the care they need while providing health professionals with vital patient information.
The Oregon Employment Department forecasts that Portland-area medical assistant job openings will increase by 29.9% through 2027.
Why choose Medical Assisting at PCC?
The Oregon Employment Department reports that Portland-area medical assistants earn an average annual salary of $40,000.
Portland Community College’s high expectations for our medical assisting students make you a more competent, more employable professional. Our program emphasizes soft skills and professional development. We are ahead of the curve in teaching the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and associated clinical quality measures. No other school currently teaches this model. Employers note they see a difference in our graduates compared to other programs.
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP) in collaboration with the American Association of Medical Assistants. Our graduates are eligible to take the CMA (AAMA) national certification examination, conducted by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants.
PCC Medical Assisting program continues to support students in obtaining their credential. According to the 2020 Annual Report data 2018 graduates had a 98% exam pass rate. 91% of our 2018 graduates passed the CMA (AAMA) national exam.
Degrees and certificates
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Certificate: Medical Assisting||1 year||Limited entry, see how|
to get into this program
What will you learn?
PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in:
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Understanding data collection
- Clinical procedures
- Administrative procedures
What will you do?
You will be an essential part of the medical team. Duties may include:
- Scheduling and receiving patients
- Scrubbing medical records
- Taking medical histories
- Gathering patient data
- Recording vital signs
- Assisting with examinations and treatments
- Performing diagnostic tests
- Obtaining and processing specimens
- Preparing, administering, and documenting medications
- Maintaining instruments and equipment
- Utilize electronic medical records system
- Phone calls, correspondence, and reports
- Collecting clinical quality measures
- Processing data for insurance
Who will hire me?
Graduates of the PCC Medical Assisting program work for large and small outpatient medical facilities such as:
- Legacy Medical Group
- Providence Medical Group
- Oregon Health Sciences University
- Adventist Health
- And many more
Applying to PCC is free and only takes a few minutes.Apply now
Limited entry awards have an additional application process. Learn about the prerequisite requirements for the Medical Assisting program.