Medical Assisting

Medical assisting is a one-year certificate where students will receive training which involves administrative and clinical aspects of health care in clinics and physicians' offices.

AAMA Annual Report 2015

The Columbia Gorge Community College Medical Assisting Program just completed its 9th year.  In that time, 122 students have graduated from the program and 52 % have passed their CMA(AAMA) exam. Note: Taking the exam was not required until 2014.  The outstanding 5 year running average for the CGCC Medical Assistant Program are:

  • Job placement rate for our graduates is 83%, with the primary employers being MCMC outpatient physicians, Providence Hood River physicians,  and One Community Health
  • Graduates of the CGCC Medical Assisting Program are satisfied with the education that they received, with a 5-year weighted average of 100%
  • The 5-year weighted average for employer satisfaction is also 100%.
  • The retention rate for the same 5-year reporting period is 86%, which indicates a real commitment to student success by the college staff and faculty.
  • Since inception of mandatory completion of the AAMA Certifying Exam, 84% of our graduates have taken the exam and 82% have passed the exam.  That is a 97% success rate.

We are proud of the success of the CGCC Medical Assisting Program and commend its faculty for the outstanding work that they do to promote student success even in to the work force.

Clinical Duties

  • Assisting the physician and preparing patients for examinations and treatment.
  • Taking and recording vital signs and medical histories.
  • Performing certain diagnostic tests.
  • Preparing, administering and documenting medications.
  • Collecting and processing specimens.

Administrative Duties

  • Scheduling and receiving patients
  • Maintaining medical records.
  • Handling telephone calls.
  • Correspondence and reports.
  • Insurance matters.
  • Office accounts.
  • Fees and collections.


College entry-level competencies in English and computational skills. Completion of: WR 121, MTH 60, BI 121, MP 111


Course Name Credits
MA 112 Medical Office Assistant 1 1
MA 117 Medical Office Administrative Procedures 3
MA 118 Medical Office Administrative Procedures Lab 2
MA 122 Medical Office Assistant 2 1
MA 123 Medical Office Clinical Procedures 3
MA 124 Medical Office Clinical Procedures Lab 2
MA 131 Pathophysiology for the Medical Assistant 5
MA 132 Medical Office Assistant 3 1
MA 136 Medications 2
MA 180 Coding and Reimbursement 2
MA 270 Clinical Practicum 6
MLT 100 Medical Office Laboratory Procedures 4
MP 140 Introduction to Health Law and Ethics 3
MP 150 Introduction to Electronic Health Records 3
Name Title Email Phone
Angela Johnston Angela Jones Nursing & Health Occupations Administrative Assistant (541) 506-6141
Diana Lee-Greene Diana Lee-Greene Medical Assisting Program Coordinator, Curriculum Committee Chair (541) 506-6164
Jennifer Newcomer Medical Assisting Instructor (541) 506-6141
Miriam Pentz Miriam Pentz Medical Assisting Instructor (541) 506-6141
Terry Emmons Terry Emmons Medical Assisting Instructor (541) 506-6141