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CWI Medical Assistant Credit Program

If I can help patients get to a place where they're comfortable and confident, I've done beyond what I ever imagined I could in the medical field. Jacquelyn Acance, CMA (AAMA)

A Medical Assistant performs 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 a physician.

The Medical Assistant program at CWI offers you two pathways for your future career as a Medical Assistant:

  • An Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) where you complete a semester of pre-requisites then two semesters of Medical Assistant classes.
  • An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree where you complete the ITC and an additional semester of healthcare focused courses, which are available online, to receive an associate degree in addition to the ITC.

Please note, the Medical Assistant program no longer requires a supplemental application process. You are encouraged to review the Plan of Study for your desired pathway and meet with an advisor with questions or for guidance.

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The Medical Assistant Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) at College of Western Idaho is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). This program meets the standards set in the education of quality patient care by competent well-trained professionals.

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The following is the aggregate outcome from our 2021 Annual Report Form (ARF) from MAERB for our 2019 cohort:

  1. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has average retention rate of 100 percent.
  2. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has a job placement average rate of 97.78 percent.
  3. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has an average employer satisfaction rate of 100 percent.
  4. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has an average graduate satisfaction rate of 100 percent.


1. To prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills) and effective (behavior) learning domains.
2. To prepare medical assistant students to successfully complete the CMA examination and practice as skilled practitioners.
3. To provide real life learning experiences to assist graduates in master of performing administrative and clerical skills to provide quality healthcare.
4. To provide a competent entry level Medical Assistant program to Treasure Valley in number sufficient to meet the needs of the health care community.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Working understanding of medical office practices that include:
  • Soft skills necessary for scheduling and patient interactions
  • Working understanding of Electronic Medical Records
  • Use of medical records coding systems as ICD10 and CPT codes
  • Understanding and practice of HIPPA regulations
  • Knowledge of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Clinical skills that include:
  • Proficiency taking vital signs, removing sutures, giving injections and immunizations, performing EKG, urinalysis, CLIA waive tests and other labs
  • Proficiency with phlebotomy, assisting physician with minor surgical procedures, prepping and wrapping instruments used in minor surgical procedures

Additional Opportunities

A Certified Medical Assistant credit program is being requested by the industry, specifically local hospitals, to meet the demand for Certified Medical Assistants in outpatient clinic settings.

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News and Blogs

Dental assistant students in lab

College of Western Idaho invites anyone interested in or thinking about pursuing a career in healthcare to attend the 2022 Health Professions Open House Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Students attending a barbecue hosted by Saint Alphonsus Aug. 27, 2019

Professional Nursing and Surgical Technology students enjoy food and networking during a barbecue hosted by Saint Alphonsus.

Group of Medical Assistants.

College of Western Idaho students performed blood draws during National Medical Assistants Week, Oct. 16-20.

Health Science Student in medical classroom

The CWI Foundation received a $2,000 grant from the John William Jackson Fund.