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Medical Assisting

Advising Plans
CERTIFICATES
Clinical Assistant
(17-20 credit hours)
Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding
(18-20 credit hours)
Medical Office Administrative Assistant
(29-33 credit hours)
DIPLOMA 
Medicial Assisting
(49 - 55 credit hours) 
AAS DEGREE
AAS-GOTS (58-68 credit hours)

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Program Coordinator

Karen Webb
(606) 878-4738
karen.webb@kctcs.edu

Location

The Medical Assistant program is held at the Laurel Campus in London, KY

Program Details

Medical Assist 2A medical assistant is an integral member of the health care delivery team, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room and the physician’s laboratory.

The Medical Assisting Program at Somerset Community College prepares graduates for work in the physician’s office, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. Graduates will be prepared to take the certification examination of the Registered Medical Assistant through American Medical Technologists.

Individuals in this unique position will be involved in many of the following skills:

• Projecting a professional manner and image
• Adhere to legal and ethical principles
• Use medical terminology effectively
• Use effective and correct verbal and written communication
• Prepare patient for examination procedures and treatment
• Perform vital signs including pulse oximetry
• Perform pulmonary function tests
• Administer injections
• Provide patient instruction and education
• Perform venipunctures
• Collect and prepare specimens
• Perform electrocardiograms (ECG)
• Sanitize, wrap and sterilize instruments
• Perform basic laboratory tests
• Assist in minor office surgery
• Dress and bandage wounds
• Use Electronic Medical Records and Paper Based Medical Records
• Schedule, coordinate and monitor appointments
• Perform telephone and written communications
• Arrange hospital admissions
• Process insurance claim forms
• Maintain inventory
• Record medical histories

Additional Information

• Three semester program
• Leads to diploma
• May lead to GOTS with additional general education requirements of 15 hours
• Medical assisting coursework
  *Theory/skills presented in lecture/lab format
  *Clinical component: Community agencies providing clinical externship
• Program admits each fall
• Selective admissions/limited enrollment
• Adequate visual acuity
• Adequate auditory perception
• Sufficient strength, gross motor, and fine motor coordination
• Sufficient verbal and written communication skills

Additional Criteria

Upon admittance the student must submit the following materials prior to beginning clinical experiences:

• Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
• TB skin test or chest X-ray
• Immunization records
• Professional liability insurance purchased through KCTCS

Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.