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40 Weeks to a New Career!

Do you want to see your passion for your work reflected in the health of the patient community you can serve as a medical assistant? If you’re ready to pursue medical assistant training in Salem, the Institute of Technology can prepare you for a career in this exciting health care field in less time than you think.

IOT’s real-world medical assistant coursework can be applied to your first day in your work setting. Curriculum emphasizes the following areas:

  • Body structures and functions
  • Medical terminology
  • Technical medical assisting skills
  • Universal precaution techniques
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“IOT Modesto has provided me with all resources and knowledge to begin my career as a PMA. The program challenges you to learn a lot in a short 9 months. Staff and teachers are always there to help you achieve your goals. I’m now in my professional career as a MA. I’m now making a difference in people’s life thanks to IOT and my Instructor.” Laura Campanur – PMA, Class of 2021

Why IOT?

We believe school should work for you, which is why our classes are:

  • Engaging
    Learn new skills and take control of your career through hands-on vocational training and real-world education that moves you forward.
  • Supportive
    We offer support with tutoring and instructors with many years of experience in the industry.
  • Convenient
    Fit school into your life with evening classes, accelerated programs, and hybrid learning that can be completed in as little as 9 months.
  • Aging baby-boom population will continue to spur demand for preventive medical services
  • MA jobs are expected to grow 29% by 2022*
  • IOT pays for graduates of the program to take the National Certification Exam
  • Externship opportunities



As a medical assistant you can serve in a wide range of care settings such as:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Labs
  • Nursing homes

California Campuses
This program is 860 hours and 47.5 quarter credit hours. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 40 weeks. An Independent Study component is included. See your admissions representative for available class times.

Salem Campus
This program is 860 hours and 55 quarter credit hours. This is a hybrid program with classes held online Monday through Sunday with one on-campus day required each week. For available class times, please speak with Admissions!


Institute of Technology offers placement support and assistance to all graduates regardless of how long they have been out of school. If you are a recent graduate or graduated years ago, our Career Services Team is here to help you!


IOT offers this program at the following locations:

Clovis, California
Modesto, California
Redding, California
Salem, Oregon

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the programs,
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What Program Graduates Say

  • “The Institute of Technologys’ PMA program has greatly assisted me in commencing my medical career. I’d like to not only thank IOT, but additionally express my gratitude towards my PMA instructor Ms. Megan for not only pushing each and every one of her students to become the best, but also providing us with the knowledge, skills, and training. Within my 9 months in the program, I not only acquired clinical and administrative skills, but I was able to gain knowledge on how to portray excellent patient care and rapport. I am now working at an Urgent Care at 3 different clinics in California. Thank you Institute of Technology and Ms. Megan!”

    Maddison Moffitt – PMA, Class of 2021



Accreditation is the process of evaluating a school or educational training program to determine whether it meets standards set up by an accrediting organization. When you attend an accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality. It’s not easy to become or remain an accredited institution. The rules and regulations are strict, precise and designed to protect students. Here are some of the benefits:

 A reliable indicator of quality
 Approved program of study
 Qualified instructors

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