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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) 02/15/2018

Year
Retention
Placement
Grad Part
Grad Sat
Emp Part
Emp Sat
Cert Exam Part
Cert Exam Pass
# Grads
2016
54.17%
50.00%
60.00%
100.00%
40.00%
100.00%
82.35%
100.00%
10
2015
73.08%
68.42%
73.68%
92.86%
63.64%
100.00%
90.00%
100.00%
19
2014
86.36%
68.42%
52.63%
100.00%
33.33%
100.00%
87.50%
92.86%
19
2013
77.27%
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
5-yr Avg
71.68%
66.67%
69.23%
96.30%
51.06%
95.83%
81.82%
96.30%
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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 & Advising:

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.

  • Tuesday, February 26 at 2:00 pm in HSB 249
  • Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 pm in HSB 249

Drop-In Advising in HSB 218 (Liz's office):

For those who have met with Liz Engel for program orientation/planning and need more than an email or phone visit, or want to check in to be sure they're on track.

  • Thursday, February 14 at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 21 at 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, March 5 at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 14 at 2:00 pm

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

Upcoming Registration Dates:

  • March 1 - Veterans' Priority Registration
  • March 4 - Priority Registration Begins for Current Students
  • March 11 - Open Registration Begins

The program begins a new cohort of approximately 24 students every year in September.

Applications are accepted throughout March.

Applications and related information are available on the Application Forms page.

The same documents are also available in a wall pocket outside of the Nursing and Allied Health offices located in the Health & Science Building.

Elizabeth Engel
Program Director and Academic Advisor for all Pre-MEDA and MEDA students
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

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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