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Medical Assisting

Work alongside physicians as a multi-skilled healthcare professional. In this innovative, accelerated program, you’ll work at a sponsoring company while taking classes.

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What is Medical Assisting?

A 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.

What are my career options?

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.

What are my career choices?

Doctors offices, outpatient clinics, and other ambulatory health care facilities. As health care expands, the demand for medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations.

Interested in Medical Assisting?

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Preadmission Conference Dates for FALL 2022

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.

To register, email tina.meier@kctcs or debra.elam@kctcs.edu.

Medical Assisting Application

What about certification?

Graduates will prepare to take the Registered Medical Assistant exam through the American Medical Technologists.

Students who complete the RMA exam with a passing score and earn a “C” or higher in all program classes will become certified as a Registered Medical Assistant and earn the title of RMA (AMT).

What will I study?

Anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical law and ethics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical procedures, laboratory procedures, and administrative procedures.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

Diploma

Time to completeion is dependent on the following courses completed with grade C or higher when applying. Students who have completed all pre-requisites by end of spring or summer may be eligible to complete the MAI course work within 2 semesters.

Support Classes/Pre-requisite requirements

  • ENG 101 - Writing I (3 credit hours)
  • CIT 105 - Digital Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • AHS 115 - Medical Terminology or MIT 103 - Medical Terminology (3 credit hours)
  • BIO 135 with lab (or) completed BIO 137 w/lab and completing BIO 139 with lab
  • *CPR 100

Total credit hours: 13-18

Fall semester (pre-requisites have been met)

  • MAI 105 - Introduction to Medical Assisting (3 credit hours)
  • MAI 125 - Medical Office Procedures I (3 credit hours)
  • MAI 140 - Clinical Lab Procedures I (4 credit hours)
  • MAI 155 - Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures  ( 4 credit hours)
  • MAI 170 - Dosage and Calculations (2 credit hours)
  • MAI 200 - Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

Total credit hours: 18

Spring Semester

  • MAI 220 - Medical Assisting Laboratory Techniques II (3 credit hours)
  • MAI 240 - Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II (4 credit hours)
  • MAI 270 - Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant (3 credit hours)
  • MAI 289 - Medical Assist Assessment Prep (2 credit hours)
  • MAI 281 - Medical Assisting Practicum (1 credit hours)
  • MAI 284 - Medical Assisting Externship (3 credit hours)

Total credit hours: 15-16

Total credits for program: 46-53

*If the student has had CPR from American Heart Association for Health Providers and it will be current at the time of their Externship & Practicum, the student then does not have to take CPR 100. However the student must provide a copy of their CPR card through the American Heart Association for Health Providers to both the Clinical Coordinator and the Registrar’s office, when applying to the program. 

Embedded Credential Certificates
Credential Title Requirements Credit Hours
Certificate Electrocardiograph Technician

AHS 115 or (MIT 103 or CLA 131), CPR 100, MAI 140, MAI 240, MAI 281 (2 semesters to complete)

17
Certificate Medical Office Adminisrative Assistant

AHS 115 or (MIT 103 or CLA 131), BIO 135 w/lab, (or BIO 137 w/lab and BIO 139 w/lab), MAI 155, MAI 155, MAI 281

15
Certificate Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding

AHS 115 or (MIT 103 or CLA 131), BIO 135 w/lab, (or BIO 137 w/lab and BIO 139 w/lab), MAI 155, MAI 281

12

Additional Certificate Requirements:

  • 25% of total certificate credit hours must be earned at SCC
  • Grade C or higher earned in each course

Along with the Diploma, 3 embedded certificates are offered. Students must apply to the program and meet requirements.

 

Location

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

Additional Information

  • Three semester program
  • Leads to diploma
  • Medical assisting coursework
  • *Theory/skills presented in lecture/lab format
  • *Clinical component: Community agencies providing clinical externship
  • Apply online in early spring before the May 31 deadline
  • Limited enrollment-applications are reviewed as received for acceptance and enrollment for fall

Required:

  • 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:

  • Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form

Prior to beginning clinical experience the student must submit the following materials to the Clinical Coordinator:

  • TB skin test or chest x-ray
  • Current immunizations records and immunizations required
  • Professional liability insurance purchased through KCTCS
  • Completion of background check and drug screening at the college designated site
  • Recent Physical exam

Length of Program

  • Medical Assisting diploma is a 3-4 semester program, depending on previous classes completed
  • Meeting with program coordinator and application is required for admittance 

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Debra Elam

Medical Assisting

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

606.878.4778

debra.elam@kctcs.edu

 

Program Contact

Medical Assisting

Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator

606.878.4738

tina.meier@kctcs.edu