Practicums are a defining component of the Medical Assistant certificate program

For Medical Assistant students, the last term of their certificate program is particularly significant. The term focuses on two supervised practicums — 160 hours' worth — where students learn in the working world under supervision, embedding with local clinics to hone skills and raise their job readiness.

Clinical practicums provide students with the opportunity to perform clearly identified competencies within the clinical setting. Students must complete a total of five clinical credits. They also must have updated adult/infant/child CPR and First Aid cards, as well as updated background checks and immunizations required by practicum sites.

Sample Practicum Sites

Cascade Internal Medicine Specialists
Central Oregon Ear, Nose and Throat
Central Oregon Pediatric Associates
Dermatology Health Specialists
East Cascade Women's Group
High Lakes Health Care
La Pine Community Health Center
Mosaic Medical
Peters Dermatology Center
St. Charles Health System
Summit Health
The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research


Medical assistant student taking blood pressure readings at a practicum site


"Not only do we at St. Charles humbly host students from COCC's health career programs, we also proudly employ a good number of its graduates. Without them, there's little chance we and our community partners can meet the growing needs for wellness care in our tri-county region."
— Joan Ching, vice president/chief nurse executive, St. Charles Health System