Medical Assistant Program

Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Employers are seeking medical assistants because they are the only allied health professional trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties. The majority of medical assistants work full-time with benefits. Medical assistants usually work weekdays during normal business hours when physician's offices are open to see patients.

The Medical Assistant Program at Iowa Central Community College prepares the student with theory and entry-level competence in the performance of administrative and clinical duties. The diploma program includes two semesters of theory and lab, followed by a 30 day summer practicum. The program begins in the fall and concludes in the summer. Students must earn a passing grade (as outlined in individual course syllabi) in all Medical Assistant curriculum courses and meet the prerequisites to progress in the program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate is eligible to make application to take the CMA (AAMA) Certification Examination. Students may opt to continue their education to obtain an AAS degree in Medical Assisting, completing an addition 13 credit hours of required coursework and 6 credit hours of elective coursework beyond the diploma requirements.

Potential Careers

  • Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities such as medical offices and clinics
  • Medical assistants can choose to work in either in primary care or medical specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, urgent care, general surgery, internal medicine, nephrology, cardiology, neurology, occupational medicine, and others
  • Additional potential job opportunities include working at blood donation centers as phlebotomists, assisting with insurance physicals, and health coaching

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Iowa Central general, foundation, and external scholarship opportunities
  • Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund
  • Medical Assistant Program Scholarships (The Program Coordinator selects six students during spring semester to receive $500 for the upcoming academic year).
  • Last-Dollar Scholarship is an award that covers the remaining tuition and institution-wide mandatory fees after non-repayable state and federal financial aid are applied. The Last-Dollar Scholarship focuses on increasing opportunities for more Iowans to acquire the skills to fill high-demand jobs and meet workforce needs, so it is not based on income but you must fill out a FAFSA to be eligible. This scholarship is available for any student who wants to earn a post-secondary credential, up to an associate degree, that leads to a job designated as high-demand by the Iowa Workforce Development Board. The Medical Assistant Program qualities for this award!: https://www.iowacentral.edu/lastdollar

Course Schedule

More Information

Iowa Community colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs.  These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in health care careers.  Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office.  To view the full Iowa Core Performance Standards, click here.

Accreditation

The program is pleased to share, within the last five-year reporting period, 93% of graduates who took a credentialing exam passed the exam!” removed and replaced with: The exam passage rate for the 2016 graduates is 90.91%.

Based on the Annual Report, the Iowa Central Medical Assistant Diploma Program has exceeded all Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) established thresholds for outcome assessment in medical assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for enrollment, retention, graduation; graduate and employer satisfaction; job placement; and credentialing exam outcomes during the most recent reporting time-frame. The program is pleased to share, within the last five-year reporting period, 93% of graduates who took a credentialing exam passed the exam! 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Based on the most recently submitted MAERB Annual Report, the Iowa Central Community College Medical Assistant Program has exceeded all Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) established thresholds for outcome assessment in medical assisting programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 80% of students who enrolled in the program during the 2017-2018 academic year were retained and graduated!

Advisors

Kelly Meyer
Advisor
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Graduate of the Iowa Central Nursing Program; Registered Nurse (RN)
BA Psychology and Healthcare Leadership
515-574-1308
meyer_k@iowacentral.edu
Raeann Dischler
Associate
Office: AST-201C
515-574-1309
dischler@iowacentral.edu
Lindsay Eslick
Compliance Coordinator
515-574-1320
eslick@iowacentral.edu
John Hansen
Dean of STEMM
515-574-1245
hansen_j@iowacentral.edu

Instructors

Kelly Meyer
Program Coordinator/Practicum Coordinator
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Graduate of the Iowa Central Nursing Program; Registered Nurse (RN)
BA Psychology and Healthcare Leadership
515-574-1308
meyer_k@iowacentral.edu
Shawna Schuler
Instructor
Graduate of the Iowa Central Medical Laboratory Technician Program
Medical Laboratory Scientist
BS Healthcare Leadership
515-574-1333
schuler@iowacentral.edu
Sarah Walker
Instructor
Graduate of the Iowa Central Medical Assistant Program; CMA (AAMA)
AAS, Medical Assisting
walker_s@iowacentral.edu
Lindsay Eslick
Compliance Coordinator
515-574-1320
eslick@iowacentral.edu