Medical Assistant | Dipl - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Medical Assistant | Dipl

Medical Assistant | Dipl

Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes Entrance Requirements Licensure Information Medical Assistant Handbook
This program is eligible for free tuition

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The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

The Medical Assistant program is a three-semester diploma program that prepares you to be multi-skilled allied health professionals specifically trained to work in ambulatory settings, such as physicians' offices, clinics, and group practices performing administrative and clinical procedures. Our goal is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

Career Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations as the health care industry expands because of technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population. Increasing utilization of medical assistants in the rapidly growing health care industry will further stimulate job growth. Employment growth will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other health care facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties Medical assistants work primarily in outpatient settings, a rapidly growing sector of the health care industry.

Completion Rates

Job placement for the 2019 graduate year was 88.89%.
National examination passage rate for program graduates is at an average of 84.78% over the past five year period.

Meet Your Advisor

Fran DeJong
Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Medical Assistant

Career Options

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Required Classes for Medical Assistant | Dipl

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
HSC 114 Medical Terminology 3
BIO 163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
ADM 105 Introduction to Keyboarding 1
MAP 123 Administrative Medical Office Procedures 3
HIT 248 Essentials of Medical Coding 2
MAP 333 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting I 4
HSC 143 Pharmacology 3
MAP 141 Medical Insurance 3
MAP 215 Medical Laboratory Techniques 4
MAP 338 Fundamentals of Medical Assisting II 4
HSC 218 Clinical Pathology for Allied Health 3
HIT 313 Medical Office Computer Applications 1
MAP 402 Medical Law and Ethics 2
ADM 154 Business Communication 3
PSY 102 Human & Work Relations 3
MAP 609 Medical Assistant Practicum 3

*All required courses must be complete prior to the practicum experience.

Entrance Requirements

All students must submit a copy of their high school transcript (or equivalency diploma-GED) and all college transcripts to the Admissions Office for evaluation.

All students must meet the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the medical assistant program:

  • Verification of High School, GED or HSED Graduation

All students must meet one of the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the medical assistant program:


  • Submitted documentation of composite ACT score of at least 19


  • Associate Degree or higher from an accredited program.


  • Verification of high school official transcript of GPA 2.0 or higher AND
  • Completion of (1) year high school science equivalent with no grade lower than a C.


  • Completion of BIO 163 and HSC 114 with no grade lower than a C

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Carmen Monk BS, CMA, AAMA
Carmen Monk BS, CMA, AAMA
Medical Assistant Instructor
Sioux City Campus, Room A104
Kerry Patchin BSN, RN
Kerry Patchin BSN, RN
Administrative Program Coordinator Health Science
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $9,259.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $9,306.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Accreditation Information

The Medical Assisting Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).

Licensure Information

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
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