• Medical Assistant - How to Get Started


  • Medical Assistant is now open entry!

    The Medical Assistant program is open entry and begins summer term only. There is no application process to register for program classes. Students register on a space available basis after requirements have been met. Summer term registration opens in May. Visit the registration calendar for specific dates.

    Follow these steps to join the program.

    1. Complete an MHCC General Admission Application if you are new or returning after four terms or more. 

    2. Select Medical Assistant as your major. Current students: Email ar@mhcc.edu to request your major be updated to Medical Assistant.

    3. Complete the required coursework below by the end of Spring term. Students may register for summer term Medical Assistant classes while prerequisites are still in progress. Transfer students need to submit official transcript(s) and request a transcript evaluation. For information about determining course placement, visit Testing Services or call 503-491-7591.

      • WR090 Writing Skills: Paragraph to Essay with a C grade or higher (or placement into WR115 Introduction to College Writing)

      • MTH058/MTH060 with C grade or higher  Quantitative Reasoning or Beginning Algebra I or higher. Note: MTH 58 from PCC is not equivalent to MTH058 at MHCC and does not meet the math requirement.

      • BA131 Introduction to Business Computing with a C grade or higher

    4. Register for the following summer term classes in May:  

      • MA110       Fundamentals for the Medical Office, 3 credit hours
      • MA110L     Fundamentals for the Medical Office Lab, 1 credit hour
      • MA136       Medical Documentation, 3 credit hours
      • MA140       Understanding Medical Insurance, 3 credit hours
      • MA213       Medical Terminology for the Medical Assistant, 2 credit hours
      • BI100         Survey of Body Systems, 4 credit hours

    5. Attend the required orientation for all new Medical Assistant students on Monday, June 26, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students must pass a criminal background check and submit all required immunizations prior to starting the program. At the time of starting the program, the students must also pass a drug screen as directed by the program.

    Still have questions about the Medical Assistant program?

    Read through the Frequently Asked Questions at www.mhcc.edu/MedicalAssistantFAQ or contact Jean Anne Parker at (503) 491-7193 or Jean.Parker@mhcc.edu.