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Medical Assisting students in a hospital setting practicing drawing blood

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 $45,278.

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.

Nationally accredited

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.

Successful graduates

PCC’s Medical Assisting program continues to support students in successfully completing our program, securing job placement, and obtaining their national credential. According to our 2021 Annual Report data, 2019 graduates of our program had a 98% retention rate, 92% employment rate, and 94% national exam pass rate.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Certificate: Medical Assisting1 yearLimited entry, see how
to get into this program

What will you learn?

PCC’s program is designed to develop your skills in:

  • Communication
  • 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

Next steps

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