Medical Assistant - Credit

If I can help patients get to a place where they're comfortable and confident, I've done beyond what I ever imagined I could in the medical field.
Jacquelyn Acance, CMA (AAMA)

Are you interested in pursuing an exciting career in Medical Assisting? If so, please see the MA Information Sheet and MA Application for more details.   

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Contact Sabina Omair, MA Program Chair, at 208.562.2409 with any questions about the Medical Assistant - Credit program.

Medical Assistant Application


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 Medical Assistant Program at the College of Western Idaho has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by CAAHEP. This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Working understanding of medical office practices that include:
  • Soft skills necessary for scheduling and patient interactions
  • Working understanding of Electronic Medical Records
  • Use of medical records coding systems as ICD10 and CPT codes
  • Understanding and practice of HIPPA regulations
  • Knowledge of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Clinical skills that include:
  • Proficiency taking vital signs, removing sutures, giving injections and immunizations, performing EKG, urinalysis, CLIA waive tests and other labs
  • Proficiency with phlebotomy, assisting physician with minor surgical procedures, prepping and wrapping instruments used in minor surgical procedures

Additional Opportunities

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.

Gainful Employment

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Medical Assistant, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the 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
  • Completion of pre-requisite Biology and Medical Terminology, as well as core Math, Psychology, English and Communications


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.

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.  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.

Career Info

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.

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