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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistants hold critical roles as multi-skilled health care professionals able to work in a variety of settings where they have an impact on public health. Medical Assisting is rapidly growing, with jobs for certified medical assistants opening up across the country in a wide variety of health care settings every day. To work within the medical assisting field, you’ll need specialized knowledge and skills that can be put to use in direct patient care, administration, and health records, as well as the exciting field of medical scribing.

Graduates will receive a one-year Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion, and be prepared for the CMA (AAMA) exam!


Is the Medical Assistant program for you?

Do you have a passion for healthcare? Working as a Medical Assistant means you’ll have a direct impact on patient and community health. If you enjoy face to face work with patients, variety in your work day, and want to start working soon, Lane’s Medical Assisting program will give you the skills and certifications you need to excel!

Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our graduates are in high demand in Lane County, and the need for medical assistants here and across Oregon is expected to increase!

What will you learn in the Medical Assistant program?

Through both practical and hands-on courses you’ll learn to:

  • prepare patients for examination or treatment; measure vital signs; accurately record information in the patient chart
  • safely assist patients on and off exam table
  • sterilize and prepare instruments for physician use
  • assist as the physician exams or treats patients, or performs in-office surgeries
  • provide medical scribing—charting physician-patient encounters in real time during medical examinations
  • administer medications, such as giving injections and immunizations
  • draw blood and perform certain laboratory diagnostic testing on blood and urine samples
  • code patient diagnoses and procedures using approved ICD-10 and CPT-4 resources
  • input patient administrative and clinical information into an Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • calculate medication dosages as well as basic mathematics to process medical insurance claims
  • perform administrative duties, which include managing an appointment schedule, organizing patients’ medical records, bookkeeping procedures, and processing insurance claims
  • use library resources for research and written assignments for a variety of purposes

Applying to the Medical Assistant program

Like other programs in Health Professions, there is a point-based application process for entry into the Medical Assistant Program. There are a number of prerequisite courses that need to be completed prior to applying to the program. Applications are posted on the Medical Assistant Program website during winter term each year. They typically open up in May with a late June deadline, which allows for spring term classes to be included in the application process. Learn more about the application process.

Getting Started at Lane Community College

When you’re ready to get started on your prerequisite courses, just apply to Lane Community College! Our Admissions office staff will guide you through the steps to enroll to get you started right. You can also contact Admissions with any questions you have about the college, to schedule a tour of the campus, or just to say hello. If you’re not ready to apply today, you can request more information on the program and we’ll get in touch to make a plan that works for you.

What can you do next?

Our one-year certificate program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). After earning your one-year Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion, you’ll be prepared for your Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) exam, the national certifying exam for medical assistants, which is administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Upon passing the certification, you’ll be a CMA (AAMA), which allows you to enter the medical assisting world! Learn more about the CMA (AAMA) credential and exam.

With your certification and degree in hand, you’ll be an asset to any medical setting! The skills and techniques you’ll learn throughout the program will prepare you for jobs in:

  • Doctor’s offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Urgent Care and and other healthcare facilities.

The 2019 admission cohort had a very high 95.24% retention rate and the 2019 graduates with a 93.33% National Certification exam success.

Personal attention from engaging faculty

Medical Assisting courses are limited to just 24 students. Clinical lab courses are even smaller, with only 8 students for maximum clinical skills interactions! Because of our small class and cohort sizes, MA instructors get to know you. All of our instructors have extensive clinical and teaching experience, and they use that experience to provide you with the personal attention required for mastering the clinical skills and helping you finish the program successfully.

Get to know the Medical Assistant faculty and advisors

The faculty and advisors for the program can help you meet your career goals. They can answer any program specific questions you might have, and help you find opportunities outside of the classroom. Advisors will help you schedule your classes and plan for the future. You’ll work with them to create a term by term planner that meets your needs and goals to ensure you complete your certificate or degree. You can connect with our health professionals advisors at

Get real world work experience

Lane’s Medical Assistant Program students have the opportunity to complete one-term cooperative education internships in ambulatory care settings, such as local clinics and urgent care! Your internship will provide you with real-world, relevant, and practical experience in the medical assisting field. You may even be able to continue with paid employment at your former internship site following graduation and passing the national certification exam.

Stackable Credentials

You may also qualify for a Basic Health Care Certificate, via the Health Information Management Program. If you’re interested in adding the Basic Health Care Certificate to your degree, talk with your advisor to learn about adding this certificate to your program.

With a few additional courses, you may be eligible for the Associate of General Studies degree! Talk with your advisor for more information on these two options. Earning your degree will help open additional career opportunities to you, and help you stand out in the competitive healthcare field.

State of the art facilities

The MA clinical lab has state-of-the-art equipment to simulate the experience of being in a doctor’s office environment. With access to the same equipment you’ll use in your career, you’ll have the opportunity to delve into the world of medical assisting before earning your degree.

For students enrolling in the MA program on our main campus in Eugene, you'll take most of your classes in the Health and Wellness building (building 30). This LEED Gold certified building houses Lane’s health professions programs and will be your home on campus. With large windows, orientated to take advantage of the sun, and reclaimed timber throughout the building, building 30 will provide you with a homey, comfortable place to study on campus.

Attending classes at Lane

Lane’s main campus is tucked into the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, providing a stunning landscape for your education. With incredible resources on campus like advising, tutoring services, the library, and so many more, you have the opportunity to make the most out of your degree. Lane also offers student housing at Titan Court in downtown Eugene, next to our Mary Spilde Center. Ready to learn more? Schedule a campus tour to explore our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.