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The University of Providence Medical Assistant Certificate program is a highly competitive program offered to individuals interested in a unique opportunity to provide administrative and clinical assistance in patient care settings.

Application Requirements

To apply to the program, each perspective student must complete the following:

  • University Program Application that includes a brief essay
  • Submit proof of High School diploma or GED with a 2.7 GPA or higher (must send official transcript to the university)

Admission Requirements

All students seeking admission into the Medical Assistant Certificate Program are required to obtain and pay ($129) for a Criminal Background Check, Drug Screen, Proof of Immunizations, and Proof of CPR Certification after they are conditionally admitted into the program.  Students will receive a link to CastleBranch  (a 3rd party vendor) from the University of Providence to complete this requirement.  As part of your academic program you will spend time in a learning lab and clinical placement site that includes contact with clients and/or patients.  This requirement will ensure that precautions are taken to protect clients/patients.

The results of the background check and drug screen or failure to submit proof of immunizations may determine if you will be fully admitted to the program.  You must inform the Dean or Director of the program if you are convicted of a crime while enrolled in your educational program.  Each learning lab and clinical site will be informed that a background check, drug screen, and proof of immunizations has been completed.

For PSJH and Partner Organization Caregivers: The background check and drug screen will be waived for you as long as you do not have a break in your academic program (i.e. take a semester off) and you stay employed with PSJH and partner organizations.

Caregivers are still required to submit proof of immunizations and CPR Certification to CastleBranch.  Proof of immunizations can include 1) already documented immunizations that you upload to CastleBranch 2) Complete your immunizations through your local employee health department that you upload to CastleBranch 3) complete the immunizations using CastleBranch documents/local lab.

Program Orientation

All students will be required to attend a face-to-face program orientation at the beginning of the program.

Program Immersion

Spring (January) 2020 Program Immersion Information:

  • Great Falls, Montana
  • Friday, January 10th, 2020 8:00-5:00
  • Location: 1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, MT.
  • Each student is responsible for their travel and lodging while in Great Falls.
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Monday, January 6th, 2020 8:00-5:00
  • Portland, Oregon 
  • Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: 4805 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR. Providence Portland Medical Center Room HCC8
  • Each student is responsible for their travel and lodging while in Portland.
  • Renton, Washington
  • Thursday, January 9th, 2020 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Providence St. Joseph Health Headquarters, 1801 Lind AVE SW, Renton, WA 98057 .
  • Each student is responsible for their travel and lodging while in Renton.

Program Materials

All students must have access to a computer in order to complete their online course work.  Students must also have experience with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.  It is recommended that students complete free tutorials for these programs from the Microsoft website.