Medical Assistant Schools in Portland
The Portland campus of Everest College has just been acquired by Zenith Education Group so you may now see it under a different name. Before it was Everest, it was known as Western Business College. The name may change but for the time being, the program remains the same.
It’s a good thing, too because one thing students love about Everest is the homey, college atmosphere provided by the college’s administration. Events and services like luncheons for new students, the Career Placement Services office, academic recognition ceremonies and other special touches that make for a strongly supportive campus environment.
Students may go for the diploma or the Associate Degree (AS) in Medical Assistant. A related certificate in “Administrative Medical Assistant” is also available, should students decide they prefer the more administrative side of things.
The new 40,000 square foot facility on 2.3 lovely acres in Portland NE attests to the strong outlook of the Medical Assisting field. Graduates of Heald have gone on to work at local businesses such as East Portland Pediatric Clinic, NW Primary Care, and Okanogan Douglas Hospital.
Heald College separates the MA field into two areas of study: the Medical Assisting Program and the Medical Insurance Billing and Coding program. The Medical Assisting program does offer both front and back office training and allows graduates to sit for the certification exam called Certified Clinical Medical Assisting (CCMA)
The MA program of study may be followed through a diploma program (64 credits) or pursued towards an Associate of Applied Science degree (100 credits).
One noteworthy 4-credit course is called “Medical Assisting Certification”, not found often at other schools. There is also a Practicum, worth 4 credits as well.
The Insurance Billing and Coding program is offered via an AAS degree only (no diploma program) and is also a 100-credit program of study.
Everest Institute in Tigard
Tigard is close to Portland and Everest Institute offers both a MA and Medical Insurance Billing and Coding programs at this location. Like its sister institute, Everest College in central Portland, the Tigard campus has been purchased by Zenith Education Group, Inc. Accreditation, programs of study, and financial aid will not be affected at this time.
Medical Assistant Schools in Salem
Chemeketa Community College
At Chemeketa Community College, students can earn a Medical Assistant diploma in three semesters. The third semester consists solely of a Medical Assisting Clinical Practice, worth 11 credits and representing 250 hours in a clinic setting. This is an unusually long externship, demonstrating Chemeketa’s emphasis on preparing students for the job market. Classes include “Psychology in the Workplace”, also an unusual (yet highly relevant and fascinating) course offering.
The program has been approved for financial aid and prepares students to take 3 different certification exams, including the NCPT (phlebotomy) exam.
Institute of Technology
The Medical Assistant program at IOT in Salem can be completed in 33-weeks and reports a job placement rate of 75%. While this isn’t the highest, it’s much higher than Oregon’s overall rate of job placement out of Medical Assistant programs (59%). Tuition is $17,575 and $9,400 of that is eligible for federal financial aid, and when combined with $2,216 in private loans the price comes down quite a bit more. IOT does not disclose whether graduates are qualified to sit for certification exams.
Medical Assistant Schools in Gresham
Charter College in Vancouver, WA is only 20 miles away from Gresham and a quick drive up Interstate 285 from 84. Charter College is known for small classes offered at convenient times. The campus in Vancouver is also conveniently located next to The Vancouver Clinic for a real-world atmosphere in the healthcare industry.
Charter College is accredited and offers a certificate program for Medical Assistants. The externship is 150 to 180 hours, which is typical of MA programs. The program can be completed in 10 months if students choose the Fast Track, and classes start every five weeks, making it easy to start at any time.
Job placement rate out of this program is 84% which is slightly above average for comparable MA programs in the country (and well above the average for Oregon). Cost of Charter College’s MA program is roughly $23,000 and federal loans are available for roughly $13,000 of that figure.
Clackamas Community College
Just over 17 miles from Gresham lies the Harmony Community Campus of Clackamas Community College. CCC’s campus is stunningly beautiful and lies in Oregon’s “Mt. Hood” territory. The campus is located next to the area’s Green Line right rail. The Harmony Campus is CCC’s flagship location for health education programs.
Their Medical Assistant certificate program is accredited and covers 50 to 51 credits, including a Medical Assistant Practicum for 9 credits during the final 5 weeks of the third term of the program.
One thing to note about CCC’s program is its requirement that graduates perform 20 hours of public health-related community service- giving students a more fully rounded portfolio of experience to bring to the table when interviewing for jobs.
Medical Assistant Schools in Hillsboro
A quick drive from Hillsboro lies Carrington College. The campus is incredibly convenient either by car or by the free MAX Light Rail.
The program prepares students to sit for the RMA or CMA exams and focuses on administrative, clinical and real-world facets of medical assisting.
Carrington offers both the Associate Degree and the Certificate in Medical Assisting, both of which include a 180-hour externship. The certificate program is 36 weeks and costs around $15,000. The AS degree lasts 72 weeks and costs roughly $27,500. Job placement out of the degree program is 70%.
Medical Assistant Schools in Beaverton
Willow Creek Center Campus of Portland Community College
Located in Beaverton, the Willow Creek Center campus of PCC is just ten miles from Hillsboro, going towards Portland on Route 8. PCC offers a one-year program in Medical Assisting that leads to a certificate. The MA program is accredited and qualifies graduates to take the national certification exam for medical assistants. Cohorts begin during both the Spring and Fall semesters and consist of 47 credits. During the third term of study, students will complete a 6 credit-hour Clinical Practicum, otherwise known as the externship.
Medical Assistant Schools in Eugene
Pioneer Pacific College
Pioneer Pacific College has a very robust offering of Medical Assisting programs:
- Medical Assisting Diploma
- Medical Assisting with Limited x-Ray Diploma
- Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science
- Medical Assisting with Limited x-Ray AAS degree
The x-ray component of the programs offers students a way to add to their career toolkit by learning x-ray skills. These include safety measures, positioning techniques, and film assessment. Graduates of either program with the X-Ray component may sit for the ARRT exam in order to become licensed (limited) x-ray technicians.
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