Applications are closed until spring 2016.
What is a Medical Assistant?
A medical assistant assists doctors in the performance of patient care, examination, and documentation. Medical Assistants perform or assist in taking vitals, front office medical administrative tasks, back office clinical procedures and ECG testing. Medical assistants are the face of medical offices and often the first people with whom patients come into contact. They may perform basic medical coding and billing, scheduling, and patient flow and triage. Other duties may include waive testing, phlebotomy and specimen collection. Medical assistants are responsible for recording patient information into the electronic medical records systems and must be able to master several types of computer software programs. Quality improvement, safety, procedural accuracy, and knowledge of regulatory practice standards are defining aspects of this practitioner’s role.
Why Become a Medical Assistant?
With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act and so many new patients coming into doctor's offices, there is a large demand for medical assistants in our area.
What certifications will I be eligible to receive when I complete the program?
Allied Health Department developed the Medical Assistant curriculum based on national guidelines so that they will acquire the competencies needed to be competent in the field. Currently, graduates will be eligible to take the NHA credentialing exam for medical assistants, the ASCP Phlebotomy exam and Medical Scribe certifying exam.
To apply, fill out the online application and answer the short essay question. Fill out the residency verification form and gather evidence needed that is outlined on the second page. You will bring this with you to your interview. We will call for interviews after the application period closes.
How much will it cost?
- The program is 36-44 credits at $95 per credit for Oregon residents for a range of $3,4200-$4,180 (not including prerequisites and fees). Go here for more detailed tuition rate information.
- The cost for Certified Background is $96 plus the cost of getting your immunizations.
- The book package will be around $300 for the entire program and all other supplies will be provided.
- You will need to purchase scrubs for your clinical work experience during the second and third quarter that ranges in price.
Testing Eligibility for graduates
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) CCMA exam. This exam is one of the ways that Medical Assistants can gain their credentials for Medical Assisting. Students can follow the link to the NHA website and follow directions to apply for the exam. You can also find the CCMA test plan at the bottom of the NHA page to help study for the exam. Students will also be prepared to take the ASCP Phlebotomy certification exam when they have completed the educational requirements and have documented 100 sticks either during the program or on their own. You can find out more about the exam on the ASCP website.
Which Rogue Valley employers support RCC's Medical Assistant program? These and more...
- Asante Physicians Partners
- Valley Immediate Care
- Ventana Wellness
- Providence Medical Group
- Community Health Center
- Jackson County Mental Health
- Grants Pass Clinic
- Ashland Orthopedic Associates
- Bear Creek Medical Plaza
- Associates for Women’s Health
- LCDV - La Clinica de Valle
- Asante Physician Partners
- Ambulatory Foot Care
- Eagle Point Pediatrics
- Medford Women’s Clinic
- Dermatology and Laser Associates