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2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Assistant, Diploma

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Campus: Scott Community College

This diploma prepares individuals to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties under the supervision of physicians including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. The proposed program Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

Students may also begin this program in the spring term with slight modifications to the course sequence. Students who opt to begin in the Spring will attend Spring Term, Summer Term, and the first 8 weeks of the following Fall term.

The Medical Assistant program prepares students to sit for National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Medical Assistant Certification Exam. Student taking an extra, optional course are also eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Exam. The Medical Assistant program meets the educational prerequisite to sitting for the exams. See Professional Licensure for more information.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the college, applicants to this program must meet specific program admission criteria. The application process and admission requirements for the Medical Assistant program can be found at eicc.edu/medicalassistant.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Medical Assistant program, students will be able to:

  1. Provide equitable, quality care to a diverse population of patients.
  2. Evaluate patient information and results related to laboratory testing.
  3. Apply effective administrative procedures.
  4. Report patient results to a medical provider, observing legal and ethical standards.
  5. Perform administrative tasks required in the healthcare setting, including billing and coding.


Plan of Study

Term 1

Term Total: 17.00 Credits

Winter Term


Term Total: 2.00 Credits

Term 2

Session 2

Term Total: 13.00 Credits

Term 2 Optional Courses

Medical Assistant, Diploma Total: 32.00 Credits


Students who successfully compete this Diploma program are eligible to sit for the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Medical Assistant Certification Exam.

Students that take an optional course beyond what EICC requires for completion of the program, are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Exam (RMA) in addition to the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Medical Assistant Certification Exam.

1 This course may be offered in a hybrid format to offer flexible options for working adults.

Non-discrimination Statement / Equal Educational Opportunities

It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).


If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact EICC’s Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-5222, equity@eicc.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730- 1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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