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2022-23 RCC Catalog

2022-2023 Health Professions, Public Safety Pathway
Health Professions Public Safety

Medical Assistant

Certificate of Completion

About the Program

Medical assistants are health care practitioners qualified by education, experience, and examination to assist doctors in the performance of patient care, examination, and documentation. These multi-skilled practitioners, under the supervision of a physician, perform or assist in taking patient vitals, front office medical administrative tasks, back office clinical procedures, and ECG testing. Medical assistants are the face of medical offices and are often the first people with whom patients come into contact. They may perform basic medical coding and billing, scheduling, and patient flow and screening. Other duties may include point of care testing, phlebotomy and specimen collection. Medical assistants are responsible for recording patient information into the electronic medical records systems and must be able to master various computer software programs.

Successful completion of this three-term program prepares students to be eligible for the Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam through the National Health Career Association (NHA), or other national medical assisting accrediting agencies.. Since January 2015, most medical practices require medical assistants to have certification. The curriculum for the program is based on the standards and guidelines for the CMA which can be reviewed on the following website: NHA www.nhanow.com.

Program students attend classes as part of a structured cohort that begins each year in fall term and spring term. Students should apply early as the required mandatory orientation is scheduled several weeks prior to the cohort start. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Medical Assistant Certificate of Completion are:

  • Perform and document routine clinical procedures according to current office protocol.
  • Perform and document routine administrative procedures according to current office protocol.
  • Effectively apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills.
  • Uphold legal and ethical standards and confidentiality for patient privacy.
  • Demonstrate professionalism through acceptable attitude, organization and time management skills, and attire.
  • Maintain industry standards of infection control and safety principles.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Students attend core MA courses as part of a structured cohort. Cohort students must meet certain minimum academic requirements. Students can apply for program entry prior to prerequisite completion; however, all listed program prerequisites must be satisfactorily complete with a “C” or better prior to program start.  A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Students wishing to enter the program cohort must declare their interest by attending a mandatory Allied Health Information Session and apply online through the Allied Health website: Allied Health Occupations.

Selection Process

Applications must be received by the application deadline. Applications received after the application deadline may be reviewed based on cohort capacity and at the discretion of the department. Applicants will be selected by committee. The screening process includes a mandatory information session.  Students may be asked to participate in an interview process. This is a competitive program and not all qualified applicants may be accepted.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the program coordinator’s recommendation. In order to ensure coursework is current, program courses over seven years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department coordinator before being accepted toward core requirements. College Now credit earned in conjunction with local high schools will be accepted in accordance with the current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

These requirements apply only to Medical Assistant students admitted to the program during the current academic year. The program of study, graduation requirements, and courses are under constant review and are subject to revision. Students contemplating admission in a later year may have different requirements and must obtain the graduation guide or catalog for that year. Students must complete all courses on this graduation guide with a grade of “C” or better to continue in and complete the program and receive their certificates. If certain required courses are graded only on a pass/no pass basis, a grade of “P” for these courses indicate a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.


Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments


Human Relations in Organizations


Required for graduation.


Concepts in Computing I 1


Required for graduation.


First Aid/CPR 2


Required for graduation or Instructor Permission


Applied Algebra I


Required for graduation. Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher-level math


Introduction to Expository Writing


Required for graduation or higher-level writing course

Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 10-16



Term 1



Check in with Advisor


Medical Terminology: Introduction


can be taken outside of cohort


Medical Assistant I: Administrative




Medical Assistant II: Clinical




Legal and Ethical Issues for Medical Personnel




Biology of Human Body Systems 3


can be taken outside of cohort


Term Credits:




Term 2



Check in with Advisor


Medical Assistant III: Specialty








Communication and Professional Behavior




Medical Terminology: Clinical




Introduction to Practicum and Seminar




Term Credits: 15



Term 3



Check in with Advisor. Successful completion of all prior program courses is required before advancement.


Medical Assistant Practicum




Infection Control for the Healthcare Professional




Electrocardiogram (ECG) for Medical Assistants


can be taken outside of cohort


Introduction to Pharmacology for Medical Assistants


can be taken outside of cohort


Introduction to Academic Research


can be taken outside of cohort

AH22 is a recommended elective, but not required to complete the program.


Healthcare Calculations




Term Credits:




Approved Program Electives

(0-3 credits allowed)

Course No. Course Title Credits


Health Care Calculations



Phlebotomy Practicum



Conflict Management



Basic Communication



Introduction to Assertiveness



Introduction to Gerontology



Care and Prevention of Athletic Injury



Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.



HIV and Infectious Diseases


1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120/CS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

2 See program advisor if you have American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider certification. AHA must remain current for the duration of the program.

3 Students who have completed either BI121 and BI122 or BI231, BI232, and BI233 (the entire sequence of either series) with an equivalent “C” or better grade do not need to take BI100SB.

For more information, contact the Allied Health Occupations Department.

Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/AlliedHealth/MA
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

2022-23 RCC Catalog