Medical Assistant Less Than One-Year Certificate

Program Overview

OCCC's Medical Assisting Certificate prepares students for entry level employment in a physician’s clinic or a variety of other healthcare settings. Program graduates will have the academic, administrative and clinical skills necessary for an allied healthcare professional.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting  Training Program students will:

  • Interact in a caring and respectful manner with patients, families, and the health care team.
  • Establish and manage office procedures and implement medical documentation systems using appropriate medical terminology.
  • Perform the administrative business tasks required in a medical office.
  • Assist the physician and other members of the health care team in clinical procedures related to the examination and treatment of patients.
  • Comply with quality assurance requirements in performing clinical laboratory procedures.
  • Perform common diagnostic procedures under a licensed health care provider to ensure patient comfort and safety.

Overview of the Role of Medical Assisting

Perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician or other medical practitioner. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, keeping medical records, billing, and insurance coding.

Employers look for candidates who can demonstrate they have the qualities necessary for success in the Medical Assisting field: candidates who:

  • Can think critically, solve problems and  construct practical solution
  • Have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Are nonjudgmental about the diverse populations of people
  • Are service oriented
  • Have the abilities for social perceptiveness

Video: Learn about the Medical Assistant Field

Nationally Certified Medical Assistant Program Costs

Please refer to the college website for current program costs. Contact Student Services at 541-867-8503 to find out about Financial Aid eligibility.

Potential Earnings

Please see the college website regarding employment opportunities and salaries noted at the State of Oregon Department of Employment.

Technical Standards for Students with Disabilities Information

Medical Assisting is a physically and mentally challenging occupation. Education related to this field is designed to prepare medical assistants for these challenges. Medical Assistant students must be able to meet all established essential academic and clinical requirements to successfully complete the program. Persons with questions concerning qualifications are encouraged to contact the Health and Human Services office for individual consultation prior to formal application.

OCCC National Certified Medical Assistant Program provides the information on technical standards with examples of learning activities to inform prospective and enrolled students of the skills required in completing their chosen profession’s curriculum and in the provision of health care services. These technical standards reflect the performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of clinical based health care programs.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact Dean of Students 541-867-8501. To be eligible for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must provide clear documentation of their disability. The Dean of Students is responsible for determining if reasonable accommodations can be identified and ensuring that accommodations are provided for OCCC students. These services are confidential and are separate from the nursing and college application processes. Early contact with the Dean of Students will ensure that accommodations can be made available when students begin the program. Please refer to the college website regarding technical standards and additional program requirements/application.

Additional Requirements

Applicants and students must demonstrate a personal history compatible with being certified as a Medical Assistant. Admission to and completion of the Nationally Certified Medical Assistant program does not assure eligibility for national certification. All applicants are required to check the Disqualifying Crimes and Potentially Disqualifying Crimes list.

Every Nationally Certified Medical Assistant program applicant and student must answer questions to determine if there is personal history of:

  • Conviction for a criminal offense or

  • Physical or mental health problems that might

    interfere with the requirements of nursing practice.

  • Failure to provide truthful and complete answers to these questions will result in denial of admission for applicants and dismissal for students.

  • If the college becomes aware of criminal or unethical behavior on the part of the applicant, admission will be denied.

Prior to acceptance into the medical assistant program, the student will be required to submit to a criminal background check and a drug screen. A student admitted to the program with a history of substance abuse will be monitored for indications of a recurrence of substance abuse per College policy. Any student whose behavior, appearance, or breath odor indicates inappropriate use of alcohol or other drugs can be required to undergo immediate drug testing to detect the presence of alcohol or other drugs and to report the results of such testing to the CTE Director. The student’s status in the program will be reviewed by the medical assistant faculty and the director. Any required testing and counseling shall be at the student’s expense. Failure to follow a counselor-prescribed treatment plan will result in dismissal from the program.

Certification Completion Requirements

Students may earn a Certificate of Completion in Nationally Certified Medical Assistant by successfully completing the required 41 credits with a letter grade of “C” or better in all required courses.


1.    At least 6 credits must be earned at OCCC, all of which must apply to the certificate requirements.
2.    The final 6 credits that apply to the certificate must be earned at OCCC; the department chair may waive this requirement if the student can demonstrate currency in the field.

Articulation Agreements

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC)  has an articulation agreement with the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), for students graduating from the Medical Assistant Program to enable the students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, Administration Option at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT).