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Medical assistants are trained professionals who work in clinical settings that include outpatient care, ambulatory care, medical offices, and clinics. A medical assistant handles administrative and clinical tasks and responsibilities in a patient care setting.

Examples of administrative responsibilities may include greeting patients, answering telephones, scheduling patient appointments, updating patient medical records, submitting insurance claims, and arranging laboratory services.

Examples of clinical responsibilities may include preparing patients for medical examinations, recording medical histories, assisting physicians during examinations, explaining treatment procedures to patients, removing sutures and changing dressings, and performing basic laboratory tests including blood draws.

The University of Providence Medical Assistant Certificate program provides patient-centered care that is delivered using safe, accountable, and ethical behaviors to promote the profession through lifelong learning. The goal of the MA Certificate program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

This program is offered in Montana, Oregon, Washington and Texas.

Program Format

  • Students complete one 8 week course at a time and finish the program in 10 months. Upon successful completion of the courses, students earn 15 college credits.
  • Each course helps prepare the student to take their national exam at the end of the program so each student can be certified as a Medical Assistant.
  • Coursework is delivered online with 2-3 required skill labs per course completed in an in-person classroom in Wilsonville, OR, Renton, WA, Lubbock, TX and Great Falls, MT.
  • All students must attend a 1-day face-to-face student program immersion prior to the start of classes.
  • Sequential, cohort model provides students with a sense of community as they progress through the program with the same group of students.
  • Students must earn a 75% in each course to be eligible to take the national certification exam and earn their Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC). The CMAC is recognized by Providence St. Joseph Health as an accepted credential for hire.
  • Small class sizes allow for individual attention.
  • New cohorts begin in January and August each year.

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  • Program Application: Applicants must complete an online certificate program application at
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcripts showing completion of a high school diploma or GED
  • Personal Essay: Applicants are required to complete personal essay.
  • Application Deadline: For Spring (January) 2021 start, is December 10th, 2020.  

Now accepting applications for the Medical Assistant Certificate Program Medical Assistant Program in Montana, Oregon, Washington and Texas. Please review the Program Requirements section for application details and find the Information Packet here.


Phone: 406-791-5258