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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)

Fall 2022 Application Period to be announced shortly


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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.


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.

Why This Program

The Medical Assistant Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) at the 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). Our program meets the standards set in the education of quality patient care by competent well-trained professionals.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

The following is the aggregate outcome from our 2020 Annual Report Form (ARF) from MAERB for our 2018 cohort:
1. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has average retention rate of 95.65 percent.
2. Medical Assisting Program at CWI has a job placement average rate of 95 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.

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.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Applications for CWI’s healthcare programs are now open for Fall 2020 semester. Attend a Virtual Healthcare Information session to learn more.

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

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

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