Medical Assisting

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.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$29,469
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low: $24k med: $29k high: $40k

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 will I do on the job?

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

  • Prepare patient for examination procedures and treatment
  • Perform vital signs including pulse oximetry
  • Perform pulmonary function tests
  • Administer injections
  • Perform venipunctures
  • Perform electrocardiograms (ECG)
  • Dress and bandage wounds
  • Assist in minor office surgery
  • Perform basic laboratory tests
  • Sanitize, wrap and sterilize instruments
  • Collect and prepare specimens
  • Projecting a professional manner and image
  • Adhere to legal and ethical principles
  • Use medical terminology effectively
  • Use effective and correct verbal and written communication
  • Provide patient instruction and education
  • 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

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.

Medical Assisting Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Phlebotomist $29,500
Electrocardiograph Technician $43,496
Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding $29,469
Medical Office Administrative Assistant $29,522
Medical Office Limited Radiography $29,522
Medical Assisting $29,469

What about accreditation?

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?

CERTIFICATES
Medical Office Administrative Assistant(29-33 credit hours)
DIPLOMA 
Medical Assisting
(56-61 credit hours) 
Medical Assisting Admissions Point System (pdf)

*Enrollment requires Selective Admissions and Program Coordinator Acceptance

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
  • 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 material

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

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

  • 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

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

Gainful Employment Information

Length of Program

  • Medical Assisting diploma is a 3-4 semester program, depending on previous classes completed
  • Admittance by selective admissions is required

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.

Program Contact

Debra Elam
Medical Assisting
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
606.878.4778
debra.elam@kctcs.edu

Program Contact

Kathy Howard
Medical Assisting
Administrative Assistant
606.878.4831
kathy.howard@kctcs.edu