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Medical Assisting

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Medical Assistants provide medical office administrative services, perform clinical duties, and conduct lab testing. This 11-month Diploma program includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law ethics, patient psychology and communications, medical office procedures, clinical examination testing and treatment procedures. Students in ECC’s new blended/hybrid Medical Assistant program will only have classes on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays … the remainder of the classwork will be online, making it easier for students to complete their studies while holding down a job and/or managing personal and family responsibilities.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), and graduates are eligible to sit for the national AAMA Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam upon completion of the summer externship. Students must maintain a 75% (C) average for all required Medical Assistant program requirement courses and general education courses; competencies must be maintained at 85%.

At ECC, 100% of our Medical Assisting students passed their board exams last year!

Job outlook

Medical Assistants are expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations through 2016 because of a predicted increase in the number of physicians’ offices and outpatient care facilities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, Medical Assisting jobs will grow 31% from 2012 to 2025, and Medical Assistants earn $20,810 to $40,190 per year depending on their experience and location. The median salary is $28,860, with some Medical Assistants earning up to $19.32 per hour.

Below is a table that reflects the five year average for job placement and graduate satisfaction from the IVCCD Medical Assisting Program.

Year Job Placement Graduate Satisfaction
2015 84.62% 100.00%
2014 85.00% 100.00%
2013 94.44% 94.44%
2012 73.33% 90.00%
2011 83.33% 91.30%
5-Year Avg. 84.44% 94.94%

Diploma requirements

Completion of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR) and Mandatory Reporter trainings (Child and Dependent Adult Abuse) are required in order to complete the program.  Please see your advisor for more information or to obtain the most current registration forms

Medical Assisting Packet

Our Medical Assisting Packet contains all the forms, information, and criteria for admission into the Medical Assisting Program at ECC; packets can also be obtained by contacting Jan Sauerbrei in McClure Hall. The packet contains the Medical Assisting (MA) admissions checklist, the MA Application Form, MA program requirements, the 2015-16 MA curriculum, and 2015-16 MA program costs.

The ECC Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway N. Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763;; Phone: 727-210-2350; Fax: 727-210-2354.

All students interested in the Medical Assisting Program should begin the process by completing all necessary paperwork through Admissions. A Student Success Specialist/Advisor will be assigned to you in Admissions. Once you are officially accepted into the Medical Assisting Program, you will be transferred to Jan Sauerbrei in the Health Occupations/Medical Assisting Office for further advising. PLEASE NOTE: You must contact Jan Sauerbrei to be added to the wait list while completing the Admissions and Financial Aid processes.

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Denise Lynk

Denise Lynk

Dee joined the Iowa Valley Community College District as an adjunct faculty member in the 1980-1990s and then in July of 2007 became Program...

Dee joined the Iowa Valley Community College District as an adjunct faculty member in the 1980-1990s and then in July of 2007 became Program Coordinator/Instructor/Practicum Coordinator of the Medical Assisting program at Ellsworth Community College.  In August 2010 she also became Program Coordinator/Instructor/Practicum Coordinator of the multi-campus Medical Assisting program at Marshalltown Community College. Dee...

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Jan Sauerbrei

Jan Sauerbrei