Medical Assistant

Prepare for a Fulfilling Career Supporting Doctors and Nurses in Medical Settings

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Program Overview

Are you looking to make a meaningful impact in healthcare? The Medical Assistant program at College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers a pathway to a fulfilling career, directly supporting doctors and nurses in medical settings. This program is focused on equipping you with the skills needed for patient care, laboratory procedures, and administrative duties.

At CWI, you will experience a blend of classroom learning and practical training in medical labs, preparing you for real-life scenarios. You will learn from dedicated instructors who are experienced healthcare professionals, ensuring you get the latest insights and techniques in medical assistance. Whether you choose to earn an Intermediate Technical Certificate, which can be completed in as little as eight (8) months, or pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree, you will be well on your way to certification and opportunities within the healthcare sector. 

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Intermediate Technical Certificate


$5,158 – 9,160

Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

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Learning Opportunities

  • Clinical Skills: Master essential clinical procedures and patient care techniques in a supportive learning environment.
  • Laboratory Proficiency: Gain hands-on experience in medical laboratory procedures, becoming proficient in various tests and analyses.
  • Administrative Acumen: Learn the intricacies of medical office administration from patient scheduling to record keeping.
  • Certification Preparation: Prepare for certification exams, including the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) credential, enhancing your employability in the healthcare sector.
  • Real-World Experience: Participate in clinical externships, applying your skills in actual medical settings.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Earn while you learn through CWI's partnerships with Full Circle Health and Terry Reilly Health Services offering apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job training to Medical Assistant students.

Contact Apprenticeship Navigator, Laura Bagley, at 208.562.2646 or to learn more.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Medical Assistant – Associate of Applied Science Degree




Medical Assistant – Intermediate Technical Certificate




  • Student Outcomes

    The following are outcomes for the Medical Assistant Intermediate Technical Certificate program as reported in the 2022 Annual Report Form from the MAERB for the College's 2020 program cohort:

    • Retention Rate: 94.87%
    • Employer Satisfaction Rate: 100%
    • Graduate Satisfaction Rate: 100%
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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


    Annual Openings*


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  • Medical Assistants

    Perform 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 physician.


    Annual Openings*


    Hourly Median Wage*


    Annual Median Salary


    Growth (2021 – 2031)*

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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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Program Accreditation

The mission of CWI's Medical Assistant program is to prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains.

The Medical Assistant Intermediate Technical Certificate is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). 

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