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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Oregon

Completing high school or earning your GED is the first step to becoming a medical assistant (MA) in Oregon. With that, you are able to work as an MA, but you may find it difficult to gain employment without an MA-specific certificate or associate’s degree.

Neither the Oregon Society of Medical Assistants nor the state government defines MAs’ particular responsibilities, but you should expect to help doctors and nurses with a wide range of clinical and administrative tasks. Your responsibilities depend in part on your education, your specific certification, and your workplace environment.

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Oregon

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA4,880$16.96$35,270
Salem910$16.23$33,760
Medford590$15.88$33,030
Eugene-Springfield550$15.65$32,540
Bend430$17.03$35,430
Corvallis220$15.99$33,260

Resources for Medical Assistants in Oregon

  • Oregon Society of Medical Assistants: The state society, which is affiliated with the national AAMA, supports MAs in all healthcare settings and encourages continuing education for members. It also provides a means of networking and connecting for Oregon MAs.
  • Oregon Medical Board: This state agency regulates the practice of medicine, overseeing licensing for medical professionals beyond MAs. For MAs looking to become physicians' assistants, nurses, or other health workers, this is a good resource.

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