The Medical Assistant program prepares students to work as entry-level healthcare providers in settings such as physician's offices, health care clinics, and hospitals. The role of the medical assistant is to assist the physician and other professionals in managing the care of clients. Medical assistants are responsible for performing duties in the areas of office management, patient care, and collecting and processing laboratory specimens. Medical assistants work under the direct supervision of a physician or other designated professional.
The Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Successful completion of the Medical Assistant Technical Certificate program will result in eligibility to take the national certification exam for medical assisting.
Students are encouraged to continue their education by completing the Medical Assistant AAS degree.
The Medical Assistant Program now offers an online option for students located in the Kellogg and
Sandpoint regions. Students may complete their Technical Certificate through a
combination of online theory and scheduled on-campus labs.
- High school diploma or GED
- Application to the Medical Assistant program
- Minimum grade of C or 2.0 must be earned in each of the prerequisite courses required for the program.
• ALTH-106 (Working In Health Care)
• BIOL-175 (Human Biology)
• CAOT-112 (Keyboarding I) or demonstrate ability to key 35 wpm*
• MCTE-102 (Technical Mathematics)
* Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:
a. Proof of competency from a temporary employment agency or Idaho Department of Labor.
b. Credit by examination in CAPS-112.
c. Successful completion of CAPS-112.
- All lab science courses which were completed more than seven years prior to application must be repeated.
- A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance. Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific violations please contact the program director.
Cindy Pavel, MPA, CMA (AAMA)
Medical Assistant Program
Room 134, Meyer Health & Science Building
Wendy R. McIntosh
Health Professions & Nursing Advisor
Room 261, Meyer Health & Science Building