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Medical Assisting

ECC medical assistant student looking at xray

Medical Assistants give healthcare a human touch, helping patients to feel at ease in the doctor’s office and to understand the doctor’s instructions. They provide medical office administrative services, perform clinical duties, and conduct lab testing. Clinical duties include (but are not limited to) collecting and preparing lab specimens, drawing blood, taking medical histories, preparing patients for examinations, assisting the physician during the exam, performing basic laboratory tests, instructing patients about medication and special diets, preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician, taking electrocardiograms, and removing sutures and changing dressings.

ECC’s 11-month Medical Assisting 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.

The ECC Medical Assisting Program

Our Medical Assisting Program recently went through a reaccreditation review process and is now fully accredited through 2027!

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.

This 11-month program prepares students for immediate employment in physicians’ offices, specialty clinics, urgent care, hospital laboratories, and other healthcare facilities. After earning a diploma, students can apply for Medical Assistant certification. Courses may also be used to fulfill elective requirements in the Associate of Arts (AA) degree.


Medical Assistants are expected to be one of the fastest growing occupations 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 29% through 2026, and Medical Assistants earn $23,830 to $45,900 per year depending on their experience and location. The 2017 median salary was $32,480.

Below is a table that shows statistical information related to the IVCCD Medical Assisting Program for the year 2018.

Year Job Placement
2019 90.91%


The Medical Assisting Packet contains all the forms, information, and criteria for admission into the Medical Assisting Program at ECC. The packet contains:

  • Medical Assisting (MA) Admissions Checklist
  • MA Application
  • MA Requirements
  • MA Curriculum
  • Health Training Requirements
  • Estimated Costs
  • Immunization Requirements

ECC Medical Assisting Professional Licensure & Accrediting Agencies:

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 waitlist while completing the Admissions and Financial Aid processes.