Medical Office Assisting

Medical Office Assisting

Medical Office Assisting student
Medical assistants are multi-skilled health professionals specifically educated to work in ambulatory settings performing administrative and clinical duties. The practice of medical assisting directly influences the public's health and well-being, and requires a master of complex body of knowledge and specialized skills requiring both formal education and practical experience that serve as standards for entry into the profession.

The Medical Assisting Program at Lane Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The next re-accreditation review and evaluation will occur in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national certification examination

(CMA), sponsored by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Only individuals who hold a certificate from a medical assisting program accredited by CAAHEP are eligible to take the Certification Examination. Certification is not currently required for initial employment by local employers, but is becoming highly recommended within the local medical community.  Medical Office Assistant students at Lane should be planning for certification. Upon passing the Certification Examination, an MOA may claim the credential of CMA (AAMA) for Certified Medical Assistant.

Medical Office Assisting is a rapidly expanding segment of the work force. According to the United States Bureau of Labor statistics, Medical Assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing professions.

To Our Students: Please be informed that Lane Community College Division of Health Professions requires all students to submit appropriate personal information (such as immunization records, federal and state background checks, drug screens and others) to Certified Background Check, a company specializing in the collection and storage of student health care information. Submission of required documents must be accomplished prior to the beginning of classes. Both the drug screens and background checks must be clear (e.g. absence of positive results for narcotics, marijuana, alcohol and/or other illicit substances for drug screen) to ensure clinical placements and graduation from Health Profession programs. Specifics on required documents, costs, timelines, and how to access Certified Background Check, will be included in the letter of program acceptance and/or discussed at the Mandatory Program Orientation.

Dear Students:
Please be aware that you will be required to have a minimum 2.0 gpa at the time of graduation in order to graduate and receive your certificate or associate's degree from LCC. Please also be aware that only LCC courses count toward your final gpa.

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One-Year Certificate of Completion

Medical Office Assistant

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Standard Occupational Classification: 31-9092.00

For a profile of this occupation go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*Net website: Medical Assistants

Or check on these O*Net Related Occupations: Nursing Assistants

How many students completed the Medical Office Assistant 1-year Certificate in 2013-14?

In academic year 2013-14, 72 students completed this certificate.

What was the on-time graduation rate for these students?

Of students who completed this certificate in the 2012-13 academic year, 43.1% completed on time.

NOTE: The federally required method for calculating this rate assumes students will enroll full-time, declare a major immediately, and enroll in it continuously until certificate completion. In reality, many community college students attend part-time, explore several majors, stop out for a term or more, change majors, or brush-up academic skills to be better prepared for college level courses, affecting this narrowly defined on-time graduation rate.

How many jobs are forecast in this occupation between 2010-20?

Lane County: 29;  Statewide: 362

What wages are forecast for this occupation?

Lane County hourly average - $16.76; annual average - $34,850
Oregon hourly average - $16.58; annual average - $34,497

How much will the program cost?

(Estimates based on 2013-14 data for full-time students. Students attending part-time will incur additional term fees. Consult Lane's website for updated tuition and fees.)

  • Resident tuition and student fees - $6,072
  • Differential fees - $0
  • Books, supplies, other program costs - $3,758
  • On-campus room and board - Not offered
  • Total estimate - $9,830

What's included?

Explanation of costs

What is the median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program in 2012?

Federal loans - 21,701
Private loans - Not available
Institutional financing - $0