Medical Assistant


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Medical Office Management I and II
  • Med Lab Procedures I and II
  • Clinical Assisting I and II
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Medical Assisting Capstone
  • Medical Assistant Practicum

Program Details

Award: Diploma
Credits: 47
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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 Assistants $30,200 $37,700 $41,400

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

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. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Send official transcripts to Admissions.

STEP #2: Demonstrate College Readiness

Students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a C- grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 19 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 2.80 MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
Reading 76 82 19 251 2.80 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
Writing 82 Sentence Skills 65 19 253 2.80 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II

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

Successfully complete all program prerequisite courses with a minimum C- grade with the exception of BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab which requires a minimum grade of C.

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 which includes fingerprinting that searches the following databases of sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry, and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting

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Contact Us

Admissions Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Program Director Holly Berebitsky Email Holly Berebitsky 319-296-2329 ext.1585 Tama Hall 123
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names A – L
Mary Reding Email Mary Reding
Schedule an appointment with Mary Reding
319-296-2329 ext.1063 Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names M – Z
Vic Palmer Email Vic Palmer
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319-296-2329 ext.1481 Tama Hall 105i
Administrative Assistant Brenda Bartz Email Brenda Bartz 319-296-4010 Tama Hall 110
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email Gene Leutzinger 319-296-4457 Tama Hall 110B

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