• Medical Assistant Program FAQ


  • How do I know what classes to take before I get into the program?
    The requirements to apply are listed at https://www.mhcc.edu/MedicalAssistant-Getting-Started. In addition to the prerequisite classes, it is recommended that students take PSY201 before the program starts to help lighten the course load in the first term. An academic adviser can help plan out when to take the pre-requisites. Students should also plan to attend an information session to get more specific program details. Information session details are posted at www.mhcc.edu/MedicalAssistant. 

    What will be covered in the program?
    The Medical Assistant program will provide the student with a complex body of knowledge, specialized skills and practical experiences needed by a medical assistant to work in a variety of ambulatory care settings. It is a three (3) term certificate program focusing one term on front office skills, one term on back office skills and the third term will be a clinical precepted experience working in a medical clinic with a medical assistant.

    What does the class schedule look like?
    Classes may be offered during the day or evenings and the schedule may vary from term to term.

    How heavy is the workload?
    The answer to this question is very individual. If you have a job and a family, the workload will be heavier than if you are not working and/or have fewer responsibilities.

    How can I get a better idea of how much time that is?
    A good way to guestimate how much time you will spend studying would be to take the number of credits per week and multiply that by 2 hours of homework per credit. For example: 12 credit hours multiplied by 2 homework hours would equal 24 hours per week. Add the two: 12 hours in school + 24 hours homework = 36 hours per week.

    I sent my application documents via overnight service but they were received after the deadline. Can an exception be made for my application to be accepted?

    No. It is recommended that students plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute to submit application materials (i.e., transcripts). Exceptions will not be made for application items received after the deadline even if materials were sent via guaranteed rush delivery service. MHCC is not responsible for delayed delivery services or other institutions’ transcript processing timeline.

    I have a criminal history; will this bar me from getting into the program?
    If you have a criminal history, we strongly encourage you to contact Jean Anne Parker, Program Director or the Dean of Health Professions for more information.

    Am I eligible to sit for a board/licensure exam at the end of the program?
    Students are able to sit for certification with the NHA (National Healthcare Association), the AMT (American Medical Technologists), and the NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing) although medical assistants are not required to be certified or licensed in most states.  

    What is the starting pay for a medical assistant in the local area?
    The average salary in the Pacific West (Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska, and Hawaii) is approximately $21.21 per hour or $40,085 annually. The job outlook according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

    How much does the program cost?
    These costs are approximations and are subject to change without notice. They are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition is as of Fall term 2021 and subject to change without notice. To view the current tuition rate, please see the Tuition/Fee Rate Table at www.mhcc.edu/tuition.

    Item Cost
    Immunizations (varies depending on what an applicant already has done) $400.00
    Fees (Lab, Clinical, Standardized Test) $1,250.00
    Uniforms, School Patch, Name Tag, Shoes $200.00
    Clinical Tools (stethoscope, watch) $75.00
    Travel to Clinical Sites Variable
    Books $250.00
    National Certification Exam $120.00
    Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check $140.00
    Tuition and College Fees on three terms in the program. (Does not include prerequisite courses) $5,827.25
    Total $8,262.25