Become a Medical Assistant
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Medical assistants may be required to balance a variety of duties including:
- Collecting patient histories
- Taking vital signs
- Collecting specimens
- Giving injections
- Filing paperwork
- Records maintenance
Their duties vary with the location, specialty and size of the practice. The Westmoreland Medical Assisting program prepares the graduate to assist the physician with the care and treatment of patients in both administrative and clinical procedures. View Medical Assisting in the College Catalog
Graduates apply for the national Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) examination. Students are also eligible for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and the Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) credentials.
The Medical Assisting, Diploma is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Medical assistants may be employed in doctor’s offices, clinics and health maintenance organizations.
Basic Application Process - Health Professions
- Complete and submit an Application for Admission to
- Download the Medical Assistant Application Checklist for details on additional requirements
- Complete and submit a Health Professions Programs Application
- Submit official transcript from all secondary schools attended, graduate equivalency degree (GED) programs and any other formal educational program beyond high school
- Application Deadline: January 12 prior to fall start
- Acceptance Notification: Mid-March
The Medical Assisting Program at Westmoreland County Community College had a job placement rate of 87.5% for the 2019 graduates. The retention rate was 91.67% for the admission cohort that entered in 2019.