Medical Assistant 1

Oregon Health & Science UniversityOregon Health & Science University

Portland, OR, US
Job Description

Function/Duties of Position

The Medical Assistant 1 (MA1) serves as a School Readiness Coach for Latino parents with preschool aged children attending OHSU Bethany for primary care. The Coach will be an integrated member of the primary care team working directly with families of 3-5 year olds to promote school readiness in a strengths-based approach.


The “School Readiness Coach” will lead a two year pilot of The Kinder Ready Coaching Visit. The pilot addresses Latino school readiness through an evidence-based, parent co-developed coaching model in primary care for Latino preschool-aged children on Medicaid. The Kinder Ready Appointment provides a structured, individualized parent-child school readiness coaching session with a bilingual coaching to 1) assess child SR with a billable tool, 2) support parent skills for home practice, 3) connect families to critical SR resources including preschool, behavioral health, library and oral health, and 4) provide educational tools for home such as enrollment in early literacy text messages, access to culturally concordant books, games and/or puzzles.


The School Readiness Coach will provide case management and referral follow up support to families and support evaluation of the program with data collection and documentation. Biweekly professional development with additional coaches and clinic champions will be led by the Coaching Director. There is opportunity for increased involvement in research and evaluation for those interested. The coaching will occur within the clinical practice with at least 1 evening session a week and one Saturday session per month.


This position requires the applicant is bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Required Qualifications

• High School diploma or equivalent, AND

• Current BLS certification at hire, AND •

One of the following three:

1. Completion of a nationally recognized accredited medical assistant training program, including a practicum (externship) of at least 160 hours, OR

2. Successful completion of a formal medical services training program of the United States Armed Forces, OR

3. Current Oregon Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license (basic or advance) and national EMT registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT.)

For those completing medical assistant training or formal military medical services training as referenced above in #1 and #2, the following is also required (Those qualifying under the EMT qualification are exempt from this requirement.)

  • MA certification received from a nationally recognized and accredited certifying body, upon hire or by the completion of the probationary period or internal job change evaluation period, as appropriate. Currently, these include:
    •  The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), awarding the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA.)
    • The American Medical Technologists (AMT), awarding the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA.) o The National Center for Competency Testing, awarding the National Certified MA (NCMA.)
    • The National Health Career Association, awarding the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA.)
    • The American Registry of Medical Assistants, awarding the Registered Medical Assistant (R.M.A.) – for those qualifying through #2 above only.

Once a national MA or EMT registration/certification is obtained, it must be maintained for the duration of employment.

  • Working with children and families in early childhood in a therapeutic capacity that allowed for compassionate, culturally-sensitive assistance.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Excellent telephone communication skills.
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle driver 
  • license in good standing and must be eligible to operate a motor vehicle owned by OHSU or other agency; or demonstrate the ability to access transportation to meet the requirements of the position.
  • BLS/CPR certification within 6 weeks of hire
  • Intermediate level skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. 
  • Understanding of Social Determinants of Health and role of SDH in healthcare.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of health care providers.
  • Customer service skills with the ability to interact professionally and effectively.
  • Time management skills with the ability to prioritize and schedule daily activities for the most efficient use of time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience in a pediatric clinical practice.
  • Experience working with preschool aged children in both English and Spanish.
  • Experience working with an electronic health record; EPIC platform.
  • Interest and experience in program development, improvement, and assessment.
  • Experience in community outreach services providing health information, advocacy, social support, and assistance engaging with the health care system.
  • Knowledge of early learning and child development.
  • Knowledge of community-based resources particularly related to early childhood education.

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All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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