Medical Assistant

Courses

Core Courses

  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Management I and II
  • Med Lab Procedures I and II
  • Clinical Assisting I and II
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Practicum Experience

Program Details

Award: Diploma
Required number of credits: 43
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

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

In order to be considered for the Medical Assistant program, students must provide the Admissions office with official documents showing completion of all requirements. These documents must show:

  • Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
  • A transcript or academic evaluation showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor their progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the 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: Required Assessment / Success Courses

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

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER:
Next Generation
Success Course *
19 Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 259 QAS MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
19 English 82 Sentence Skills
06 Essay
65 English 253 Writing ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

* Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the diploma.

STEP #3: Prerequisite Coursework

See the suggested sequence of study for a list of prerequisite courses.

Once all prerequisite coursework is completed, contact the Admissions office immediately.

STEP #4: Medical Assistant Program Acceptance

Applicants who meet all admission requirements in steps 1–3 will be accepted into the Medical Assistant program.

If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Completion date of all required prerequisite coursework.
  2. Eligibility date — Determined by either:
    • The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye OR
    • The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.

The Medical Assistant program is an evening program that begins each semester. 

Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College you will be required to complete a criminal background check, sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Contact Us

Admissions Coordinator Jason Streed Email me 319-296-4233 Hawkeye Center 124
Evening Program Coordinator Ryan Rasmussen Email me 319-296-4053 Hawkeye Center 203
Program Director Holly Berebitsky Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1585 Grundy Hall 117
Pre-Health Advisor Christen Everett Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1079 Hawkeye Center 208
Student Success Specialist Vic Palmer Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1481 Grundy Hall 140
Administrative Assistant Linda Butler Email me 319-296-4013 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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