We will be accepting MA applications for the 2016 Spring program start September 1, 2015 through November 10, 2015. Prerequisite courses are BIOL 105 and Medical Terminology. You can be enrolled in BIOL 105 and Medical Terminology in the fall 2015 semester when you apply. However, you must complete those two courses with a "C" or better in order to be considered for spring 2016 enrollment in the MA program. Please see the MA Information Sheet and MA Application for more detailed information. For more information, please attend a Healthcare Information Session! Please contact Sabina Omair, MA Program Chair, at 208.562.2409 for additional information. Space is limited to twenty students.
A Medical Assistant performs administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by a physician.
1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills) and effective (behavior) learning domains.
2. To prepare medical assistant students to successfully complete the CMA examination and practice as skilled practitioners.
3. To provide real life learning experiences to assist graduates in master of performing administrative and clerical skills to provide quality healthcare.
4. To provide a competent entry level Medical Assistant program to Treasure Valley in number sufficient to meet the needs of the health care community.
Why This Program
The quality and relevance of this program will be ensured by alignment of the curriculum with the core curriculum for medical assistants set forth by Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The CWI Medical Assisting program will seek accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) for initial accreditation.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Apply patient care procedures
- Collect clinical data
- Collect specimens for medical tests
- Draw blood
- Use medical record coding systems such as ICD10 and/or CPT codes
A Certified Medical Assistant credit program is being requested by the industry, specifically local hospitals, to meet the demand for Certified Medical Assistants in outpatient clinic settings.
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Assisting
Intermediate Technical Certificate for Medical Assisting
Program Specific Dates
Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2015||Fall 2015||Spring 2016|
|Registration Open||April 13||April 13||November 9|
|Financial Aid Priority Date||May 11||July 13||November 23|
|Admission Deadline||May 15||August 7||December 21|
|Last Day to Register||May 29||August 21||January 8|
|Tuition and Fees Due||May 29||August 21||January 8|
|Classes Begin||June 1*||August 24||January 11|
|*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.|
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A desire to serve others
- Exactness and precise attention to detail
- Computer Literacy Skills
- Health-oriented professional image
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For maximum consideration when applying to the Medical Assistant Program, it is recommended that you complete the pre and co-requisite courses, with a grade of "C" or higher, prior to August 25, 2014. However, in-progress courses may be used by including them on a completed COURSE CREDIT VERIFICATION FORM. In-progress coursework will be verified upon the submittal of your official transcripts at semester end. Course equivalencies are determined by CWI.
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire mor assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
Medical Assistants are the most versatile allied health professionals. They are cross-trained to perform clinical and administrative responsibilities. Medical Assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. Most full-time Medical Assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work part time, evenings, or weekends.