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 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.

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

Support Classes

Support classes are recommended classes to complete before beginning but are not required to begin.

AHS 115 - Medical Terminology | 3 credits hours
or MIT 103 - Medical Terminology | 3 credits hours
ENG 101 - Writing I | 3 credit hours
CIT 105 - Digital Literacy | 3 credit hours
BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (if planning to complete higher Anatomy) | 4 credit hours

Total: 9-13 credit hours

First Semester (Fall):

MAI 105 - Introduction to Medical Assisting | 3 credit hours
MAI 120 - Lab Procedures I | 3 credit hours
MAI 150 - Medical Office Procedures I | 3 credit hours
MAI 140 - Clinical Lab Procedures I | 4 credit hours
MAI 170 - Dosage and Calculations | 2 credit hours
*CPR 100 - BLS American Heart Certification | 1 credit hour

Total: 15-16 credit hours

Second Semester (Spring):

MAI 200 - Pathophysiology | 3 credit hours
MAI 220 - Medical Assisting Laboratory Techniques II | 3 credit hours
MAI 240
- Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II | 4 credit hours
MAI 250
 - Medical Office Procedures | 3 credit hours
MAI 270 - Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant | 3 credit hours

Total: 16 credit hours

Third Semester (Fall):

MAI 230 - Intro to Medical Insurance | 3 credit hours
MAI 281 - Medical Assisting Practicum | 1 credit hours
MAI 284 - Medical Assisting Externship | 3 credit hours
MAI 289 - Medical Assist Assessment Prep | 2 credit hours
BIO 135 or complete BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology | 4 credit hours

Total: 13 credit hours

Total credits for program: 54-58

*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. 

Certificates

First Semester (Fall):

MAI 105 - Introduction to Medical Assisting | 3 credit hours
MAI 150 - Medical Office Procedures I (preferred) or previous MIT 217 | 3 credit hours
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology or MIT 103 | 3 credit hours
*BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (not required, but you may choose to complete) | (4) credit hours
Total: 9-13 credit hours

Second Semester (Spring):

MAI 250 - Medical Office Procedures | 3 credit hours
BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy & Physiology with lab (or completion of BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II) - 4 credit hours
MAI 281 - Practicum - 1 credit hours
CIT 105 - Digital Literacy | 3 credit hours
Total: 11 credit hours

Total credits for program: 18-24

 

Medical Assisting Admissions Point System (pdf)
*Enrollment requires Selective Admissions and Program Coordinator Acceptance

Download Program Overview (pdf) 

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
  • Applications accepted in spring for fall enrollment 
  • 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

Gainful Employment Information

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.

Program Contact

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

 

Program Contact

Medical Assisting
Instructor and Clinical Coordinator
606.878.4738
tina.meier@kctcs.edu