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Professional Medical Assistant – IDL

Do you dream of a career in the health care field, supporting both patients and care providers in a fast-paced medical office setting? Institute of Technology can prepare you for an exciting role as a professional medical assistant in just a short time!

Institute of Technology’s accelerated IDL (interactive distance learning program) can put you on a path to a career in this exciting health care field in just a short time.

IDL (hybrid) education is a combination of convenient online learning and face-to-face classroom and lab experiences. The IOT hybrid programs were created to provide hands-on in-person training and a flexible schedule for students.

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Believing in Your Real-World Success

IOT takes you from the classroom to your career in front-line medical office support through real-world curriculum that combines theory and application to ready you to pursue entry-level opportunities in medical offices, clinics, laboratories, and hospitals.

Uniforms and supplies are required and are available for purchase. Textbooks are provided to the student as classroom resources or are purchased by the student.

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Start Your Career as a Medical Assistant

We want to see you succeed beyond your IOT classroom so we equip you with comprehensive and applicable knowledge and skills to help you be confident in your medical assisting career from day one. Our instructors average 15-plus years of field experience. Topics covered in coursework include anatomy and physiology, patient preparation, emergency and medical procedures, and much more!

To enhance classroom experiences, IOT incorporates a 160-hour externship into the medical assistant curriculum.

These 160 hours can be completed at an affiliated medical office, clinic, or hospital, and are required for graduation from the Professional Medical Assistant program.

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Training that transfers to your career

The Professional Medical Assistant (PMA) program develops your knowledge and skills in both clinical and administrative aspects of medical assisting. Areas emphasized include:

  • Basic accounting and insurance claims processing
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Electrocardiographs
  • Emergency and surgical procedures
  • Injections
  • Medical office and health care facility management
  • Venipuncture
  • Urinalysis

What can I do with the Professional Medical Assistant program?

As a graduate of IOT’s Professional Medical Assistant - IDL program, you may be eligible to sit for and obtain national certification as a medical assistant. Graduates from this program can be prepared to contribute in a broad range of entry-level occupations in the medical field, including:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • EKG Assistant
  • Hospital Unit Secretary
  • Radiology Secretary
  • Admitting Representative
  • Medical Receptionist
  • and Medical Records Clerk
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What Program Graduates Say

  • “I previously graduated from IOT, it was an amazing experience. Ms Megan definitely taught me a lot of things and was very supportive!!”

    Jhonana Garcia – PMA, Class of 2022

  • “I had an amazing time while I was attending class at iot. This was even a better experience with Miss Megan as my teacher. She was always making sure we got the help we needed, made sure we understand everything we were going over in class. The biggest thing was she made everyone feel at home and was always making sure everyone was having a good time while learning because of all this I feel it made the experience even better.”

    Dilnoor Dhaliwal – PMA, Class of 2020

  • “I was tired of working job that gave me endless hope, after the loss of my mom due to lung cancer losing my job of 15 years I lost hope in the world I needed a new start for my son and I so I came back to IOT to get in the medical field and the staff is amazing.”

    Savannah Drewry – PMA, Class of 2020

Where Can I Study?

Program Cost: $16,858.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 55 credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program at our Salem, Oregon Campus.

ACCET Graduation Rate: 57.69%
ACCET Placement Rate: 100%

Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of the normal program length and were originally scheduled to complete the program. 13.33% of graduates (or 2 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, who have completed training, but have waived placement assistance and are designated as waivers. ACCET has set a 15% maximum for the percentage allowed in the waiver column, all of which must be documented, including the student’s signature, date, and notification of a specific reason for the waiver. Waivers that bring the percentage above 15% will be disallowed and will increase the number of eligible completions, thereby decreasing the placement percentage.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
31-1011 Home Health Aides
31-9092 Medical Assistants
31-9093 Medical Equipment Preparers
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists
31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
43-6013 Medical Secretaries

This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Degree Authorization, 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302.

Email: info.pps@state.or.us

Program Cost: $16,858.00 + Fees, Books, and Supplies
Credit Hours: 55 credit hours

For a breakdown of program costs, view our Tuition and Expenses page.

The performance numbers listed here represent the Completion and Placement Rates for this program at our Salem, Oregon Campus.

ACCET Graduation Rate: 57.69%
ACCET Placement Rate: 100%

Placement Rate Methodology: All students who completed the program within 150% of the normal program length and were originally scheduled to complete the program. 13.33% of graduates (or 2 graduates), have been included in the placement rate calculation, who have completed training, but have waived placement assistance and are designated as waivers. ACCET has set a 15% maximum for the percentage allowed in the waiver column, all of which must be documented, including the student’s signature, date, and notification of a specific reason for the waiver. Waivers that bring the percentage above 15% will be disallowed and will increase the number of eligible completions, thereby decreasing the placement percentage.

Graduates of this program are trained for employment in any of the following Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

SOC Code Occupation
11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
29-2057 Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
31-1011 Home Health Aides
31-9092 Medical Assistants
31-9093 Medical Equipment Preparers
31-9094 Medical Transcriptionists
31-9099 Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
43-6013 Medical Secretaries

This school is a business unit of a corporation and is authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degrees and certificates described herein, following a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Office of Degree Authorization, 3225 25th Street SE, Salem, Oregon 97302.

Email: info.pps@state.or.us