Medical Assisting Certificate

The Medical Assisting Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in a physician’s clinic or a variety of other healthcare settings. Program graduates will have the academic, administrative, and clinical skills necessary for an allied healthcare professional. 

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC)  has an articulation agreement with the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT), for students graduating from the Medical Assistant Program to enable the students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, Administration Option, at OIT.

The Medical Assistant program is offered at the OCCC North County Center in Lincoln City. 

See this page for additional information. 


MA Students


Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting  Training Program students will:

  1. Interact in a caring and respectful manner with patients, families, and the health care team.
  2. Establish and manage office procedures and implement medical documentation systems using appropriate medical terminology.
  3. Perform the administrative business tasks required in a medical office.
  4. Assist the physician and other members of the health care team in clinical procedures related to the examination and treatment of patients.
  5. Comply with quality assurance requirements in performing clinical laboratory procedures.
  6. Perform common diagnostic procedures under a licensed health care provider to ensure patient comfort and safety.

Overview of the Role of Medical Assisting

Perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician or other medical practitioner. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, keeping medical records, billing, and insurance coding.

Employers look for candidates who can demonstrate they have the qualities necessary for success in the Medical Assisting field: candidates who:

  • Can think critically, solve problems and  construct practical solution
  • Have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Are nonjudgmental about the diverse populations of people
  • Are service oriented
  • Have the abilities for social perceptiveness

Career Information

Worksource Funding Information

State of Oregon Employment Department



Contact Us for Additional Information

Amanda Gustafson

Amanda Gustafson

Nursing & Allied Health Office Specialist


Associate of General Studies, Oregon Coast Community College


Phone: 541-867-8548, ext. 148






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Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact either: 
Vice President of Student Affairs
Joy Gutknecht, Human Resources Manager

Questions can also be mailed to their attention at:
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR  97366