Information on this page is intended to accompany information featured in the Medical Assisting program planners.

To access program planners for the Medical Assisting Certificate of Proficiency (COP), or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree please see Healthcare Programs and select the 'Medical Assisting' tab.

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

As part of the CAAHEP accreditation requirements, the LCC Medical Assisting Program completes an annual report. Following is a portion of the 2016 report showing data for five years in: student retention, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, CMA (AAMA) exam participation, CMA (AAMA) exam pass rate, and number of graduates. This includes the 5-year average for each category.

Annual Report Form Summary

Lower Columbia College Medical Assisting Program

Submitted to Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) 02/15/2017

Year
Retention
Placement
Grad Part
Grad Sat
Emp Part
Emp Sat
Cert Exam Part
Cert Exam Pass
# Grads
2015
80.77%
76.47%
76.47%
92.31%
63.64%
100.00%
80.00%
100.00%
17
2014
86.36%
68.42%
52.63%
100.00%
33.33%
100.00%
87.50%
92.86%
19
2013
73.91%
70.59%
76.47%
100.00%
60.00%
100.00%
61.54%
87.50%
17
2012
68.42%
69.23%
84.62%
90.91%
55.56%
80.00%
NA
NA
13
2011
85.00%
41.18%
100.00%
94.12%
85.71%
100.00%
NA
NA
17
5-yr Avg
79.09%
65.06%
77.11%
95.31%
57.14%
96.43%
77.55%
(3-yr Avg)
94.74%
(3-yr Avg)
83
A cohort is a group of people that move through a process together. In education, it refers to a group of students that start a program together. The Medical Assisting Program begins a new cohort each fall quarter. Certain courses are reserved for cohort members only, but there are many courses a pre-cohort student can take before official cohort admission. 

Program Orientation & Planning:

For those who have not met with Liz Engel for a Program Planning Sheet that will show your quarterly course plan through the summer you will graduate call Bev Ylen at 360.442.2860 to reserve a spot. Please do not come without a reservation. The session will be in the Health & Science Building Room 244.

  • Thursday, August 10 at 1:00 pm

Drop-In Advising:

For those who have met with Liz Engel for program orientation/planning, need more than an email or phone visit, or just want to check in to be sure they're on track, drop by her office located in the Health & Science Building Room 218 on:

  • Thursday, July 27 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 3 at 1:00 pm

For students only requiring a quarterly pin, please email your request to eengel@lowercolumbia.edu.

  • The program begins a new cohort of approximately 24 students once yearly in September.
  • Applications will be accepted March 1 through April 30.
  • Applications and related information will be available on the Application Forms page by February 1.
  • The same documents will also be available in a wall pocket outside of the Nursing and Allied Health offices.

Elizabeth Engel
Faculty/Program Director
eengel@lowercolumbia.edu
360.442.2867

Vicky Soladey
Faculty/Asst. Program Director
vsoladey@lowercolumbia.edu
360.442.2878

Bev Ylen
Program Coordinator
bylen@lowercolumbia.edu
360.442.2860

First preference will be given to eligible applicants with 10 or more credits completed at LCC.

You can apply without having completed your prerequisites, but prerequisites must be completed by the end of spring quarter of the application year.

Transcripts will be reviewed and scored after the application period closes.

Transcript scores will be based on the following:

(number of credits in a course) x (course grade) = points per course completed

Interviewees will be selected based on transcript scores

Interviews will be conducted in April

The acceptance letter process will be explained in the interviews

Following is a list of the courses that will be scored:

  • Mandatory Prerequisites (must be completed by the end of spring quarter of application year)
    • CS 110 or BTEC 145 (a prerequisite for applications before the cohort year beginning Fall 2017)
    • AH 104
    • AH 114
    • MATH 105

    • MEDA 120 (a prerequisite for any application after the cohort year beginning Fall 2017)
    • ENGL 099 or placement into ENGL& 101
  • Supportive Courses (These are not prerequisites, but they are program requirements and many applicants will have taken some of these courses.)
    • MEDA 101 or 3 credits of BTEC 181
    • MEDA 102 or 3 credits of BTEC 182
    • MEDA 122
    • BTEC 171
    • BTEC 172
    • ENGL& 101
    • PSYC& 100
    • CS 110 (3 credits) or BTEC 145 (5 credits)

All graduates will receive the Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Some students will elect to work on the Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) also, which is an additional 20 credits.

The entire COP curriculum is included in the AAS curriculum.

 


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
  bylen@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Inquiries

  Elizabeth Engel, Program Director
  360.442.2867
  eengel@lowercolumbia.edu

Medical Assisting Program Advising

For initial advising contact the Entry Center. For subsequent advising attend an orientation/advising session with Elizabeth Engel.

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