Prepare for a career in healthcare: Medical Assisting

The healthcare industry is expected to generate more jobs than any other career field over the next decade. As a Medical Assistant, you will work with patients in a clinical setting doing things like taking vital signs and preparing and performing EKGs. Medical Assistants also perform administrative duties like scheduling appointments and managing medical records.

LCC offers a one-year certificate and a two-year degree in Medical Assisting. Although you can start the program anytime by taking prerequisites and supportive classes, students apply for the clinical portion of the program in winter quarter (to start in the fall).

The next application date is:
January 17, 2023 - April 17, 2023

Please contact Vicky Soladey, for more information

Not a current LCC student? Apply for admission to Lower Columbia College before you submit the Medical Assisting Program Application Form.

Program Director Vicky Soladey
  (360) 442-2878

For specific degree requirements click the above button. Select the 'Medical Assisting' tab, then click on the Degree Requirements for the degree or certificate you are interested in.

  • Completion (or Spring 2022 enrollment) of required prerequisite courses, each with a grade of C (2.0) or above: PSYC&200, and ENGL& 101
  • Minimum cumulative grade point of C (2.0) or above
  • Applicants' transcripts will be scored as shown on the application, and ranked by score.
  • If interviews are necessary (because of a high number of applicants), candidates will then be selected for interviews based on this ranking.
  • If interviews are necessary, a representative of the Nursing and Allied Health Department will phone applicants to schedule interviews.
  • Candidates will receive selection results via US Postal Service.
  • Candidates must verify acceptance by a predetermined date, or the acceptance will be forfeited and the candidate will lose cohort placement. (USPS is the only way we will notify candidates of their acceptance.)
  • Scoring method: (number of credits) x (course grade) = score
  • Example: B- in MEDA 101...(3 credits for MEDA 101) x (2.7 for B-) = 8.1 points
  • Since CS 110 is a 3 credit course and BTEC 145 is 5 credits, BTEC 145 credits will be limited to 3 for scoring purposes
  • Support courses eligible for scoring: PSYC& 100 (or BUS 144), CS 110 (or BTEC 145), MEDA 101 (or BTEC 181), MEDA 102 (or BTEC 182), MEDA 120 (or average of BIOL 241/242 grades), MEDA 122 (or average of BTEC 154 & MEDA 298 grades), BTEC 171, and BTEC 172
  • Spring 2022 courses will not be scored
  • Grade point values: A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0)

Contact Medical Assisting Program

We are located on the second floor of the Health & Science Building. Stop by during regular office hours, or call (360) 442-2860 to make an appointment. 

Healthcare Program Inquiries

  Bev Ylen, Health Programs Coordinator
  (360) 442-2860

Medical Assisting Program Inquiries

  Vicky Soladey, Program Director
  (360) 442-2878

Medical Assisting Program Advising

For initial advising contact the One Stop Center. For subsequent advising contact Vicky Soladey at

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