Nov 30, 2023  
2021-2022 General Catalog 
2021-2022 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant Diploma

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study by Degree

The Medical Assistant program serves “to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains,”; preparing students to be employed as administrative and clinical assistants in a medical provider’s office. The ten-month program includes practical experience of 190 unpaid practicum hours in a provider’s office. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA, AAMA), and the American Medical Technologist (AMT) examination to become a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA). Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma. The Medical Assistant Program at Iowa Western Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Prerequisites

General Education Courses that must be completed prior to first semester of Medical Assistant Diploma:

Semester Total: 8.0 Credits

First Semester

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Semester Total: 4.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required 43.0

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Programs of Study by Degree