Medical Assisting Diploma at Westmoreland


Become a Medical Assistant

Medical Assisting students

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 | Gainful Employment Disclosure

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).

Career Opportunities

Medical assistants may be employed in doctor’s offices, clinics and health maintenance organizations.

In the 10-county region surrounding Westmoreland County Community College, earnings for occupations related to this program range from $11.25 to $18.89 per hour, with an average hourly wage of $14.67.

*Data provided by EMSI (

Basic Application Process - Health Professions

Attrition, Job Placement, and Credentialing Success Rate Outcomes

Enrollment, Retention and Graduation

Enrollment Date Number of New Students Enrolled Number of Students Transferring In Total Students In Class Number "In Progress" or "Stopped Out" Number "Dropped Out" (Attrition) Number of this Class Graduated to Date  
August 2017 9 0 9 0 0 9  
Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2017 9 100%
August 2016 9 0 9 0 0 9  
Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2016 9 100%
August 2015 9 0 9 0 1 8  
Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2015 8 88.89%
August 2014 8 0 8 0 0 8  
Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2014 8 100%
August 2013 5 0 5 0 0 5  
Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2013 5 100%
      40 0 1 39 97.50%
            39 Retention Threshold 60%

The Medical Assisting Program at Westmoreland County Community College has a job placement rate average of 84.62% over the past five years (threshold is 60%). 

Five-year average for passing a Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam is 88% (threshold is 60%).