Complete your Medical Assistant training in as little as nine months with the medical assistant training program through CWI Workforce Development.

Medical Assistants work closely with physicians while performing basic clinical procedures and administrative duties in medical clinics, private practices, and hospitals.  The three educational components of the program include:  Clinical, administrative, and externship.  We offer students expert training in the classroom and the clinical skills necessary for today’s demand in the workforce.

 The Medical Assistant Program includes both online and blended courses. A blended course design combines elements of traditional face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. Students must have access to a computer with the internet in order to complete coursework.

This program will prepare you for employment as a medical assistant and to pass the National Exam for certification.

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Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.

Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Clinical Skills
  • Medical Front Office

Additional Opportunities

The scope of a Medical Assistant covers a broad range of skills including: Rooming patients, vital signs, injections, blood draws, ECG’s, medical administrative duties, and flow of a medical office. Students may be placed at a clinical site to perform a 160 hour externship where these skills will be utilized.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Basic math skills
  • Understanding of the English language (written and spoken)
  • Current immunizations
  • Drug test and background check
  • Current CPR/BLS for Healthcare Providers Certificate

Minimum Age Requirement



Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: A background check is required for students enrolled in this course. If you have a felony or certain misdemeanors on your record, you may not be able to be assigned to a clinical site.


Program fee:  $7,895

*Private student loans are now available for the Medical Assisting program.  Ask us for more details.  

Additional Required Items to Purchase

  • Books:  TBD
  • Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope:  $30
  • Maroon scrubs:  $40*
  • Immunizations:  Depends on needed immunizations 
  • Drug test:  $30*
  • Background check:  $30*
  • AHA/BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR: $50*

*Estimated costs, vary by vendor

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info


  • Medical Assistant
  • Health Profrssional


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News and Blogs

On April 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the College will showcase the healthcare programs offered at CWI's Ada County Campus.

The CWI Foundation received a $2,000 grant from the John William Jackson Fund.

Workforce Development Alumni Ken Silvers, Medical Assistant, 2014

It took a while, but Ken Silvers is finally on a career path that he says makes a difference. After delivering medical supplies to a number of Treasure Valley clinics and hospitals for nearly a decade, Ken decided it was time to do something else. After saving enough money to pay for the classes...

The CWI Medical Assistant program offered through Workforce Development recognized its students and industry partners this week.

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