Medical Assistant

Health Sciences

After you complete this program you will be an in-demand healthcare professional working in hospitals, physicians’ offices, outpatient care centers and other medical clinics. As a Certified Medical Assistant you may work directly with patients taking vital signs, assisting with medical procedures and documenting medical history. Your work may also involve administrative tasks such as assisting with billing, charting, answering phones and scheduling patients - regardless of where you work, medical assistants are essential to a smooth-running healthcare facility. To prepare for your career you’ll demonstrate proficiency in administrative functions in the healthcare setting, learn to use technology and medical equipment in healthcare environments and understand clinical functions. You will be able to model proficiency in administrative and clinical functions within American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) legal and ethical standards.

The goal of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare medical assistants who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the national credentialing exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA). If you enjoy working with people and caring for their healthcare needs, this program is a perfect fit for you.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 40
Locations: Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $10,140*
Program Supplies: $674

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years.
  4. View the Program Admission Checklist.

In addition to the college enrollment process, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER CLASSIC® reading score of 70 or ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION® reading score of 250. (ACT® scores are also acceptable) and a minimum ALEKS® score of 14.

The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.

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Review program courses, admissions and academic requirements.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775-7709

Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) Annual Reporting

The medical assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College has a five-year average retention rate of 86.73%.

Job Placement
The medical assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College has a five-year average job placement rate of 91.75%.

Exam Passage
The medical assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College has a five-year average exam passage rate of 90.43%.

Students should be aware that clinic sites can be located anywhere within the NICC service area at both ends of the district. Travel is required and students are responsible for transportation to and from, which could be as far as two hours away. Practicum is held only in the summer semester and is a six-week full time externship.


Certified Medical Assistants (CMAs) are a valuable part of the teams at Medical Associates and Grand River Medical Group. CMAs perform both administrative and clinical functions as support to providers.

The Medical Associates CMA Scholarship Program offers up to ten full scholarships each year that pay 100 percent of the tuition costs (including books).

The Grand River Medical Group Scholarship Program offers up to four scholarships each year that pay 100 percent of the tuition costs.

Gainful Employment Information

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Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

The Medical Assistant program maintains formal transfer agreements with the institutions listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Jennifer Anglin

Jennifer Anglin, B.S., N.C.M.A.
Medical Assistant Program Director

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2196
  • Location: Peosta