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: 40
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $9,120*
Program Supplies: $661

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Medical Assistant graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
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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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View a sample schedule for this program of study.

Review the College catalog for program sequence, admissions and academic requirements.

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
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 retention rate of 96.3% for the admission cohort that entered in 2018.

Job Placement
The medical assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College has a job placement rate of 92.31% for the graduate cohort in 2018.

Exam Passage
The medical assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College exam passage rate for the 2018 graduates is 100%.

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

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  • 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