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Medical Assistant

Join our Medical Assistant program for an exciting career in healthcare. The Medical Assistant program at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Peosta campus may be the perfect fit for your career plans.

Medical assistants are indispensable members of the professional healthcare team who work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics that pay well and offer great benefits.

Graduates of our program are finding successful employment in healthcare facilities, and skilled employees in this field are in demand. With a 10th-90th percentile income range of $27,435 – $49,296 and a projected 2010-2020 growth rate of 11.2 percent, the demand for Medical Assistant graduates is expanding.

Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers. Be at the heart of healthcare and be a Medical Assistant. Learn more at!


12_MG_7512One of the most pleasant surprises you will encounter after graduating from Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) nursing programs is how incredibly diverse your career options are in healthcare.

After completing a Practical Nursing diploma or Associate Degree of Nursing at NICC, there are numerous opportunities to specialize and continue your education in an exciting every-day-is-different career.

Geriatrics, orthopedics, pediatrics, mental health, long term care and acute care are just a sampling of the career options available to you in our local area. Nurses in northeast Iowa can expect a 10th-90th percentile income range of $38,792 – $64,396, and the projected job growth from 2010 to 2020 is 17.6 percent.

People will always have healthcare needs, and if you enjoy caring for others and close interaction with patients, nursing could be one of the most fulfilling, meaningful and life-changing careers for you. Visit to learn how to begin your career!

Respiratory Care

A healthy respiratory system is connected to many indicators of good health in the human body. A relaxed pulse rate, calm breathing, reduced anxiety and a vigorous workout are all good signs that our lungs are functioning as they should.

As a student in the Respiratory Care program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), your classroom, lab and clinical experiences teach you how to assess and treat patients who have both acute and chronic respiratory health ailments.

Chronic diseases, such as emphysema, require trained respiratory care professionals to help patients manage their long-term condition. Acute lung illnesses, such as pnuemonial infections, will need your expertise to counter a potentially life-threatening situation and to educate patients on life habits and preventive measures to maintain respiratory health.

Respiratory care professionals help patients to breathe easier and live healthier lives.

Qualified graduates of the NICC program are earning a 10th-90th percentile income range of 35,276 – $57,428, and the field has
a projected 2010-2020 growth rate of 18 percent. Learn more about the Respiratory Care program at NICC by visiting

NICC_Mike_MeyersProfile: Mike Myers – NICC is a Vital Healthcare Education Resource

Mike Myers has served as the chief executive officer of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon for 17 years, has worked in healthcare administration since 1990 and understands Northeast Iowa Community College’s (NICC) commitment to healthcare education and training.

“Without Northeast Iowa Community College, our area would really suffer because so many of our region’s employees are graduates of programs at the College, especially in healthcare. We rely heavily on NICC graduates from the Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Health Information Technology, Coding and other programs,” Myers expressed.

The healthcare industry offers one of the earliest models of career pathway education, where students can stack and lattice credentials to continue on their career pathway, stopping out for employment at various steps in their education. NICC career pathway certificate programs are often a student’s first step into a successful healthcare career and continued education in nursing, according to Myers.

“The healthcare training offered at NICC is critical, such as in the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. CNAs are especially needed in a variety of settings, and the success model at the College shows students that they can do these jobs and helps them be successful in healthcare education,” Myers said. “After earning a certificate, graduates may see themselves getting into a nursing program. There is going to be a huge employment need as our nursing workforce begins to retire, too. We need to address those gaps that are coming in the next decade.”

Veterans Memorial Hospital has employed NICC healthcare program graduates for decades, and the hospital currently employs approximately 35 NICC graduates.

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