Medical Assistant



Graduates may find employment working as a medical assistant in doctor's offices, clinics, specialty clinics, or hospitals under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional. The medical assistant profession is expected to grow by 18%* through 2024 in Iowa.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Medical Assistant $33,000* $34,000 $37,800

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
*Based on survey of local employers starting wage.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Admissions Requirements

STEP #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Medical Assistant program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

STEP #2: Basic Skill Competencies

In order to be eligible for the Medical Assistant program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the diploma.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

Math 19 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
English 19 82 Sentence Skills
06 Essay
65 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
Reading 19 76 82 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

STEP #3: Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete the prerequisite coursework with a minimum 2.50 GPA to be accepted to the Medical Assistant program.

STEP #4: Program Acceptance

Eligible for Acceptance List

Applicants who have completed Step 1 and meet the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria are eligible for acceptance and will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Applicants are offered acceptance based on the date their applicant file was completed. Students who share the same file completion date will be ranked according to their prerequisite cumulative GPA.

Alternate List

If the number of eligible applicants is greater than the number of program seats available, accepted students may be placed on the Alternate List, based on their ranking as described above. An advisor can help students evaluate their options, which include enrolling in general education courses required by the program or taking time off from school to work and save money.

Pre-Program Status

Applicants not meeting the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements criteria will be accepted as Pre-Medical Assistant students. As a pre-program student, you are eligible to take developmental, prerequisite, and general education courses. An advisor will help you create an academic plan to meet your program admission requirements. Once you have completed your pre-program coursework contact Admissions.

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