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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 will be offered in the state of Oregon in 2018. The program will then expand to other states in 2019.

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, Oregon or Renton, Washington.
  • All students must attend a 1-day face-to-face student orientation prior to the start of the program.
  • Sequential, cohort model provides students with a sense of community as they progress through the program with the same group of students.
  • Small class sizes allow for individual attention.
  • New cohorts begin in January and August each year.

Apply Now

  • 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.

Now accepting applications for the Spring (January) 2019 Medical Assistant Certificate Program. Please review the Program Requirements section for application details and find the Application Packet here.


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