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Medical Assisting

Earn a certificate in medical assisting at Chemeketa in less than a year.

Potential Salary$30,000

topics Health Sciences

Skills & InterestHelping People

CareersHealth Sciences

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Why choose Medical Assisting?

Are you ready for a fast-growing, entry-level job in the medical field? A medical assisting certificate from Chemeketa will help you get started.

What will you learn?

Medical assistants provide a wide range of roles interacting with patients and assisting healthcare professionals by taking medical histories and checking vital signs.

Through classes offered at Chemeketa's Yamhill Valley Campus in McMinnville, OR, you can begin your path to a career. New enrollment begins in the spring and fall term of each year. Courses are financial aid eligible.

While enrolled in the program, you will acquire American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR certification. Upon successful completion of this certificate program, you will be eligible to take the National Center for Competency Testing National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam, as well as the National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT) exam.

What will you do?

Medical assisting is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Clinical duties for a medical assistant may include –

  • Assisting with examinations and treatments
  • Obtaining medical histories
  • Immunizations and injections
  • Performing diagnostic tests and laboratory procedures

A certificate in medical assisting can lead to a great, fast-paced career or provide the foundation for working toward becoming a nurse or physician's assistant.


    You must meet these qualifications to be considered for admission into the Medical Assistant program –

    Proof of Reading 115 Competency

    Completion with a grade "C" or better of RD 080/085 or RD 090; or placement into RD 115+ on Chemeketa placement test OR proof of an Associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution will fulfill this requirement. 

    Completion of Prerequisites

    Completion with a grade "C" or better of –

    • HM 120
    • MTH 060 (or higher)
    • PSY 104
    • WR 090 (or higher)

    No substitutions for PSY 104 are accepted. All four classes should be completed before you are eligible to apply to the program.  

    See Course Sequences for more information.

    Proof of High School/GED Completion

    Copy of high school diploma, GED, or high school transcripts showing graduation date


    You must be 18 by the date the program starts

    Background Check and Drug Test

    All accepted students must-

    • Pass a background check
    • Pass a 10 panel urinalysis drug test
    • Show proof of certain immunizations

    The following four classes must be completed before you apply to the Medical Assisting program, and must be passed with a "C" or better to be accepted –

    • HM 120: Medical Terminology 1  

    • PSY 104: Workplace Psychology (no substitutions accepted)

    • MTH 060: (or higher) Introductory Algebra 

    • WR 090 (or higher): Fundamentals of Writing 

    See Course Sequences for more information.



    Application Instructions

    The spring cohort application acceptance dates are January 31st through February 10th, 2022 only.

    Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are accepted via electronic submission. If students don't have access to do that, you can drop off in person at the Yamhill Valley Campus Bldg 1 or 2 during the acceptance dates.   

    Spring 2022 Medical Assisting Application 

    Spring 2022 Medical Assisting Scoring Guide

    Address to email/scan application to: 

    Fax number: 503.584.7546

    Mailing Address: 306 NE Norton Lane McMinnville, OR 97128

    We offer two cohorts a year- one starts in the fall, and one in the spring terms. The application acceptance period for the fall cohort is during summer, and the application acceptance period for the spring cohort is in early winter of each year. 

    Additional Points Opportunity

    Students who have completed HM 121- Medical Terminology 2 with a grade "C" or better will be eligible for two additional points on their application score sheet. One point will be awarded for HM 121 in progress at time of submission. Must show proof on transcripts. 

    If you have questions about the application process, please email us.


    Attend one of our upcoming information sessions where program directors and faculty will talk about the application and scoring process, what it's like to be a medical assistant and answer any questions you might have. NOT REQUIRED prior to submitting your application, but is recommended.

    Upcoming Information Session Dates

    • January 25th from 3-4pm online via ZOOM

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    Approximate Cost for Chemeketa's Medical Assisting Program 2021-22-subject to change

    Medical Assistant specific classes

    • MED 124 (4 credits)- Taken Term 2
      • Tuition: $388 Universal credit fee: $140
      • Additional class fees: $300 NR
      • Total: $828           
    • MED 125 (5 credits) Taken Term 2
      • Tuition: $485 Universal credit fee: $175
      • Additional class fees: $300 NR
      • Total: $960
    • MED 130 (5 credits) Taken Term 2
      • Tuition: $485 Universal credit fee: $175
      • Additional class fees: $300
      • Total: $960

    Total tuition/universal/fees for term 2= $2,748. $600 of MED class fees are non-refundable(covers books, stethoscope & BP cuff, scrubs and lab supplies) Upon acceptance, there is an additional fee students will be responsible for paying which covers background & drug test.($90+) As well as some required immunizations (cost varies).

    MED Book cost: included in your term 2 class fees. Books are handed out the first day or class, student does not purchase directly. 

    • MED 131 (1 credit) Taken Term 3
      Tuition: $97 Universal credit fee: $35
      Total: $132
    • MED 132 (11 credits) Taken Term 3
      Tuition: $1,067 Universal credit fee: $385
      Additional class fees: $350
      Total: $1,802

    Total tuition/universal/fees for term 3 = $1,934

    General Education Classes: This is just for tuition and universal fees. Some classes have additional fees.

    • HM 120 (3 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
      Tuition: $291 Universal credit fee: $105
    • PSY 104 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
      Tuition: $388 Universal credit fee: $140
    • MTH 060 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
      Tuition: $388 Universal credit fee: $140
    • WR 090 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
      Tuition: $388 Universal credit fee: $140
    • Approximate General education classes Tuition/fee total: $1,980
    • General Ed Classes book/supplies cost:  Depending on what source you use to find books, you can look these up on the Chemeketa bookstore website.

    APPROXIMATE tuition/fees program total: $ 6,662. Subject to change and does not include outside expenses like general education class books, immunization costs, or the cost for background/drug test.