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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 or "In progress" 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, but are also accepted as "in progress" at the time of application submission.  

    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 (ordered by the college, and for accepted students only)

    All accepted students must-

    • Pass a background check
    • Pass a 10 panel urinalysis drug test
    • Show proof of certain immunizations
    • Disqualifying Crimes List (being convicted of any of these crimes would result in background check being declined)

    The following four classes must either be completed OR in progress when 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 2023 cohort is full, but we are still accepting applications for ALTERNATE positions. As of 2-14-23 we have no alternates yet. 

    Spring Term Application 

    Spring Term Sample Score Sheet 

    Applications for the spring 2023 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.   

    Address to email/scan application to: 

    Fax number: 503.399.5175

    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 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 

    • None scheduled at this time.

    Total approximate cost for Medical Assisting Program at Chemeketa Community College: 2022-2023

    Medical Assisting Classes:
                  MED 124 (4 credits)- Taken Term 2
                  Tuition: $396 Universal credit fee: $148
                  Additional class fees: $325 NR
                  Total= $869

                  MED 125 (5 credits) Taken Term 2
                  Tuition: $495 Universal credit fee: $185
                  Additional class fees: $325 NR
                  Total= $1005

                MED 130 (5 credits) Taken Term 2
                Tuition: $495 Universal credit fee: $185
                Additional class fees: $325
                Total= $1005

    TOTAL Tuition/universal/fees for term 2= $2,879. $650 of MED class fees are non-refundable(covers books, CPR class, 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 131 (1 credit) Taken Term 3
    Tuition: $99 Universal credit fee: $37
    Total= $136

    MED 132 (11 credits) Taken Term 3
    Tuition: $1,089 Universal credit fee: $407
    Additional class fees: $400
    Total: $1,896

    TOTAL tuition/universal/fees for term 3 = $2,032 ($400 class fee covers interactive reviews, lab supplies, and NCCT medical assisting exam fee)

    MED Book Cost: Included in your first term fees. Books are handed out on the first day of class, student does not purchase directly.

    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: $297 Universal credit fee: $111

    PSY 104 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
    Tuition: $396 Universal credit fee: $148

    MTH 060 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
    Tuition: $396 Universal credit fee: $148

    WR 090 (4 credits) Taken Term 1, BEFORE you apply to program
    Tuition: $396 Universal credit fee: $148

    Approximate General education classes Tuition/fee total: $2,040

    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 at: 

    APPROXIMATE tuition/fees program total: $ 6,951. Subject to change and does not include outside expenses like general education class books, immunization costs, or the cost for background/drug test.