Medical Assisting

Are you interested in working in the health care industry? You may be interested in a career as a Medical Assistant. A Medical Assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office (including knowledge in electronic medical records and paper-based records), the examining room and the physician office laboratory. The Medical Assistant, also a liaison between the doctor and the patient, is of vital importance to the success of the medical practice. An individual in this versatile career may perform the following clinical duties according to state law:

• Taking medical histories and recording vital signs
• Performing electrocardiograms and venipunctures
• Administering injections and immunizations
• Explaining treatment procedures to patients for examination
• Assisting the physician during examinations

Students will be prepared to take the Registered Medical Assistant national certification examination through the American Medical Technologists upon graduation.

Career Opportunities

Work in physician offices, clinics, public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient care facilities, medical laboratories or in chiropractic, osteopathic, ophthalmic or other health related offices. Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Many work part-time, evenings or weekends.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Edgewood; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall or spring terms

Credentials

Associate in applied science degree.

Program Length

(After any developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)

  • Associate degree: Two years

Progression in the Medical Assisting program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or above in each required course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Clinical orientation and externship are “non-paid work assignments.” Transportation to the physician’s offices/community agencies is the responsibility of each student.

Additional Expenses: Additional Expenses: Students must have the following: 1) KCTCS Liability Insurance ($11/semester); 2) Hepatitis B series and Tetanus/Pertussis immunizations; 3) dress code approved scrubs and shoes; 4) second-hand watch; 5) stethoscope (suggested, Littmann Classic II); 6) a physical examination; 7) a TB test showing ‘0’ mm of induration or a Physician’s statement if chest x-ray was needed; 8) KCTCS approved Background Check ($43); and, 9) RMA or RPT Examination fee ($100)

Advising Sheet (PDF) 
Phlebotomy Application (PDF)

Associate

  • Medical Assisting

Related Certificate

  • Phlebotomy

This program is HPOG eligible.