Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

Frequently asked questions

How many students do you admit to your program each year?

We generally admit 24 students to a day time program each spring term as well as 24 students to a day time program and 24 students to an evening program each fall term. Students admitted to the evening program will move to a day schedule for their clinical practicum during the final term of the program. Currently, due to COVID 19, the number of students admitted may be less to allow for social distancing and other related restrictions.

How competitive is admission?

We usually receive about 35-50 applications for 24 spots in the spring program. We usually receive about 60-80 applications for the 48 spots in the fall program.

What is the cost of your program?

The cost is about $6,500 for tuition, fees, and other related program costs.

Can any of your prerequisites or program classes be substituted with other classes or work experience?

No, Medical Assisting classes taken at other colleges can be transferred. Most writing, math, and other general education classes can be transferred from any accredited college.

How long is the program and what are the hours?

The program is three terms (9 months).

You will work with your practicum instructor to find a practicum site during your final term unless you have a positive background check (potential background issues) – then you are responsible for finding your own site to complete the required clinical hours.

What is the completion rate for your program?

For the past 3 years, our completion rate has averaged about 95%.

What kind of certification am I eligible for with your program?

You will be eligible to take the national exam to become a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). This is the gold standard of certifications. In the State of Oregon, it will be required that you are certified or registered to obtain a job. Our students have a 95% pass rate.

What is the employment rate for graduates from your program?

Approximately 90% of our graduates are working in their field within a few months of graduation.