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Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

Real Medical Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Medical Assistant program at Iowa Lakes. Assisting doctors, health professionals and patients in a range of ways, medical assistants need a wide-ranging skill set. In addition to the field-specific skills, graduates who want to work as a medical assistant must be well versed in time management, attention to detail, people skills and the ability to multi-task.

You will learn the ropes of the field while working in our simulation clinic lab, featuring up-to-date equipment and computer training. Become familiar with clinical duties such as taking patient history, measurement of vital signs, assisting the provider with physical exams and minor office procedures and administering medication. Additionally, you’ll receive training in administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, data entry, managing electronic health records, medical coding and more. 

Acquire training in: 

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Dosage Calculations
  • Medical Office Management
  • Clinical Assisting

Medical Assistant Program Outcomes

  1. Input data utilizing a practice management system.
  2. Manage appointment schedule, using established priorities to accommodate needs of patients, providers and staff. 
  3. Maintain the electronic medical record (EMR) to provide access to accurate health information necessary for continuity of patient care.  
  4. Assign appropriate codes for medical billing and insurance. 
  1. Implement critical thinking skills to provide ethically safe patient care within the scope of practice for the certified medical assistant. 
  2. Attend to patient needs, working under the direction of primary care providers. 
  3. Utilize appropriate communication skills to provide culturally competent care. 
  4. Participate as a member of the Patient-Centered Medical Home team (PCMH). 
  5. Assist primary care provider with procedures, exams or testing, within the scope of practice for the certified medical assistant. 
  6. Collect laboratory specimens by using established safety protocols. 

Admission requirements

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Completion of Iowa Lakes Community College Application for Admission; high school and prior college transcripts
  3. Basic skills assessment in writing, reading, and mathematics are done with every entering student at Iowa Lakes utilizing one of the following: ACT, ASSET or COMPASS.
  4. Students must complete an advising session with the program coordinator before being admitted to the program

Program Requirements

  1. Must provide documentation of physical exam and current immunizations within six months of scheduled practicum; may be required to complete a criminal background and child/dependent adult abuse registry check before placement in participating practicum facilities.
  2. Arts and Science courses may be taken prior to completing medical assistant program core courses.  
  3. Core courses must be taken in sequential order and be completed with at least a “C” or “P” in classroom and clinical competencies.
  4. If a student fails to successfully complete the classroom or required clinical competencies in a course, both the failed course and corresponding clinical competencies must be repeated. 
  5. Core medical assistant program courses may be repeated only one time.  

Medical Assistant students

The Medical Assistant diploma program at Iowa Lakes Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board ( 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North  Suite 158
Clearwater FL 33763
Medical Assisting Education Review Board
20 N. Wacker Drive  Suite 1575
Chicago IL 60606

2018 ARF (annual report form) outcomes:

  1. The medical assisting program at Iowa Lakes Community College has a job placement rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2016. 

  2. The medical assisting program at Iowa Lakes Community College has retention rate of 100% for the admission cohort(s) that entered in 2016, and there are a number of support services available to students so that they can successfully complete the program. 

  3. The exam passage rate for the 2016 graduates is 85.71%.

Medical Assistant students

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