Medical Assistant


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



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.

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
Pre-Health Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 245
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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