College of Technology

Medical Assisting

Program Description

Medical Assistants help physicians examine and treat patients and perform routine tasks to keep offices running smoothly. The duties of Medical Assistants vary depending on the location and size of the practice and the physician's specialty. Clinical duties vary according to state law and include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, explaining treatment procedures and educating patients, preparing patients for examination, assisting during the examination, collecting blood and other specimen samples, and performing basic lab procedures on those specimens, assist in minor office surgeries, and complete tests such as electrocardiogram, urinalysis, holter monitor, and spirometry to name a few.

This program takes the students through all specialty areas such as orthopedics, cardiology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, dermatology and gastroenterology. You will be dealing with the public, scheduling appointments, processing insurance claims, bookkeeping, etc. Your duties may also include management responsibilities as assigned by your employer which include a wide variety of clerical tasks. You may be employed by a medical office, multiple specialty clinic, public health agency, Urgent or emergency care clinic or similar setting, medical labs, insurance companies, and medical billing agencies.

Graduates of the Medical Assisting Program are eligible to sit for the AAMA Certifying exam to be awarded the CMA (AAMA) credential. The following chart shows National Exam outcomes from the past five years.

Enrollment, Retention and Graduation
Year    Retention Placement Grad Part Grad Sat Emp Part Emp Sat Exam Part Exam Pass #Grads
from admission cohort
  >=60% >=60% >=30% >=80% >=30% >=80% >=30% >=60%  
2015 80.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 92.31% 11
2014 86.67% 100.00% 69.23% 100.00% 61.54% 100.00% 100.00% 86.67% 13
2013 75.00% 66.67% 73.33% 100.00% 90.00% 88.89% 100.00% 83.35 15
2012 100.00% 64.71% 58.82% 100.00% 45.45% 100.00% NA NA 17
2011 77.78% 71.43% 71.43% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% NA NA 7
5 Year 84.21% 79.37% 55.56% 100.00% 54.00% 93.30% 100.00% 88.67 63


Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in January
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 18 students each year
  • The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assistant Education Review Board (MAERB).

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    1361 Park Street
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 210-2350
Program Statistics

Degree Options

  • Medical Assisting Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Medical offices with administrative and clinical responsibilities
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Clinics and outpatient centers
  • Public health agencies
  • Laboratories
Minimum Test Scores
SAT English: 360 Math: 460
rSAT English: 360 Math: 500
ACT English: 14 Math: 19
ALEKS Math: 30
AccuPlacer English: 53
COMPASS Writing: 55 Algebra: 45

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.


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Pocatello, Idaho, 83209