Medical Assistant

Health Sciences

Medical assistants are allied health professionals who perform administrative and clinical functions that support the services of physicians and other health practitioners in a medical office setting. Duties vary depending on the practice and scope of practice in the state. Clinical duties can include collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, sterilizing medical equipment, doing blood draws, taking electrocardiograms, and preparing patients for x-rays. Administrative functions include patient scheduling, patient registration, performing billing services, and purchasing and maintaining supplies. Medical Assistants, if directed by a physician and state law, might instruct patients about medications and special diets, prepare and administer medications, authorize drug refills and telephone prescriptions to a pharmacy.

The goal of the Medical Assistant program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains.  Upon successful completion of the program, you are eligible to take the national credentialing exam offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) to become a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA).

Award: Diploma
Credits: 42
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $9,324*
Program Supplies: $485

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

  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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

In addition to the College enrollment process outlined, applicants must achieve a minimum ACCUPLACER® reading score of 70 (ACT® or ACT Compass® scores are also acceptable) and a minimum ALEKS® score of 15.

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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2019-2020 Medical Assistant (Calmar) Class Schedule

2019-2020 Medical Assistant (Peosta) Class Schedule


BIO:158 Basic Anatomy and Physiology 2.0
BIO:160 Basic Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1.0
HIT:320 Health Records Management 2.0
HSC:114 Medical Terminology 3.0
MAP:111 Medical Office Management I 3.0
MAP:353 Clinical Procedures I 4.0
MAP:401 Medical Law and Ethics 1.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


HIT:210 Basic Medical Insurance and Coding 2.0
MAP:358 Clinical Procedures II 5.0
MAP:431 Human Relations 1.0
MAP:501 Math for Medications 1.0
MAP:512 Medical Assisting Pharmacology 2.0
MAP:532 Human Body: Health and Disease 3.0
COM:723 Workplace Communications 3.0


MAP:622 Medical Assistant Practicum 6.0

Note: To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Students may be required to take some courses in an online or hybrid format.

Classes are scheduled at the campus and include lab hours. After completion of required prerequisite coursework, a practicum experience is scheduled in a clinical setting for six weeks/forty hours per week. This is a total of 240 hours unpaid practicum experience.

The Medical Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

MAERB Annual Reporting

Calendar YearRetentionJob PlacementExam Passage
Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) annual report of outcomes
2017 100% 92.31% 93.33%
2016 100% 93.33% 100%
2015 87.50% 100% 92.31%
2014 80% 83.33% 85.71%
2013 85% 94.12% 100%
5-Year 90.14% 92.19% 92.73%

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.

Gainful Employment Information

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

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2196
  • Location: Peosta
Carrie Shepard

Carrie Shepard, R.N.
Medical Assisting Clinical Coordinator, Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338
  • Location: Calmar