Medical Assisting Diploma | Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, Pennsylvania


Become a Medical Assistant

Medical Assisting students

What Will I Learn?

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).

What Will I Earn?

If you plan to stay in the region, there are many occupations related to this program degree and certificates. In the 10-county region* surrounding Westmoreland County Community College, the earnings for occupations in this field range from $13.73 - $19.25 per hour, with an average hourly wage of $16.88. 

It is important to remember that wages vary based on level of education, experience, job location and other factors. 

Source: Data provided by Lightcast™ ( 2023.1

* 10-county region includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

Career Opportunities

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

Basic Application Process - Health Professions

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program at Westmoreland County Community College had an employment rate of 100% for the admission cohort that entered in 2021.