Medical Assistant Program

What is a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistants are healthcare professionals who work under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare practitioners in medical offices and clinics.

What does a Medical Assistant do?

Medical assistants perform routine administrative, clinical, and laboratory tasks to keep the physician’s office running smoothly. Some of the responsibilities of a medical assistant include:

  • Perform administrative duties such as: Medical billing and coding, insurance claims filing, authorization, referrals
  • Participate in Emergency Preparedness
  • Assist with risk management, Continuity of Care, Quality Assurance
  • Prepare patients for various examinations and treatments, obtain vital signs, and perform EKGs
  • Give injections and instruct patients about medications
  • Clean instruments, order supplies, and maintain treatment rooms
  • Schedule appointments, answer telephones, and greet and dismiss patients
  • Obtain blood specimen for analysis using venipuncture and finger stick techniques
  • Perform lab tests on specimens (urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistries, etc.) as ordered by physicians
  • Assist with minor surgery, apply bandages and dressings
  • Maintain patients' records
  • Take x-rays of chest and extremities
  • Assist in patient education, serve as a patient navigator

How long is the Medical Assistant Program at DMACC?

The program begins each fall. It may be completed over the course of one (1) year if taken as a full time student or may be taken part-time over two (2) years.

Graduates of the DMACC Medical Assistant Program are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam to become a certified medical assistant – CMA(AAMA). Graduates of the program are also eligible to sit for the State of Iowa Limited Radiography Permit.


The DMACC Medical Assistant Degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, phone 727-210-2350, upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE), 20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1575, Chicago, IL 60606, www., phone: 1-800-228-2262. DMACC graduates are eligible to take the certification examination [CMA (AAMA)] given by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants. Graduates are also eligible to take the State of Iowa Limited Radiographer examination upon completion of the program.​

Medical Assistant Program Information Sessio​ns

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @5:00pm, Ankeny Campus Bld. 24, Room 114
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 3:00pm, Ankeny Campus Bld. 24, Room 114​
  • Tuesday, April 30​, 2019 @ 4:00pm, Ankeny Campus Bld. 24, Room 1​14​
  • ​Contact Stacey Schroder at or 515-964-6513 to RSVP or with any questions​

Meet Your Professor(s)

Stacey Schroder

Stacey Schroder

Program Chair, Professor
Ankeny Campus
Building 24, Room 110C
Deb Odgaard

Deb Odgaard

Ankeny Campus
Building 24, Room 110-1

Debbie is a graduate of the DMACC Medical Assistant Program.  Her work experience as a Certified Medical Assistant CMA (AAMA) includes pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine in all areas of administrative, laboratory, clinical and limited radiography in the ambulatory care setting.  She began teaching in the late 1970’s and had several years as an adjunct instructor in the program before returning to full time position in 1993.  She teaches medical assistant program courses, Human Body in Health & Disease I and II, Medical Office Procedures I & II and serves as Program Chair, and clinical practicum coordinator. 

Debbie has served in the professional organization American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) as local chapter president, state ISMA president, and member of various committees.  She serves at the national level with MAERB ( Medical Assisting Education Review Board), a committee on accreditation of CAAHEP as a site surveyor.  She has represented Iowa at the national AAMA conferences as a delegate. 

Education: Medical Assistant Diploma DMACC, AS degree DMACC, BS degree Upper Iowa University