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 | 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).
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 (economicmodeling.com)
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
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|
|Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2017||9||100%|
|Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2016||9||100%|
|Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2015||8||88.89%|
|Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2014||8||100%|
|Graduates for Cohort Admitted 2013||5||100%|
|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%).