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Medical Assisting Online Pre-Admission Conference

Step 1: Complete the Online Pre-Admission Conference

Thank you for your interest in the Somerset Community College Medical Assisting Program. Please be sure to review all sections of this on-line pre-admission conference before applying. This pre-admission conference will provide information about the program, program requirements, and the application process. The Medical Assisting Program at SCC accepts students every fall and spring. Acceptance into the program is based on criteria established by our Selective Admissions Committee. (Refer to Selective Admissions Point System)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Somerset Community College Medical Assisting Program is to provide the didactic, psychomotor, and affective instruction and resources necessary to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are necessary to become successful, competent, professional Registered Medical Assistants.


It is the aspiration of the program faculty to continually improve the Medical Assisting program whose graduates and faculty have a reputation for excellence, thus incorporating learning that involves the total person. Our vision is for students to embrace a desire for life-long learning.

Purpose and Goals

The faculty desire to:

  • provide instruction in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) areas which will enable students to become a proficient Medical Assistant.
  • prepare graduates who will pass the national certification exam and perform as a competent Registered Medical Assistant.
  • serve the needs of the surrounding communities by training responsible, highly skilled, Medical Assistants.
  • encourage students to seek educational opportunities to improve and maintain their professional competence.

The Faculty of the Medical Assisting Program believes:

  • the purpose of this program is to provide selected learning experiences which enable graduates of the SCC Medical Assisting Program to enter the workforce as an entry level medical assistant that will serve others through compassion, confidentiality and provide patients with competence in his/her skills.
  • knowledge, skills, behavior, and attitudes are of equal importance in the development of Medical Assistants.
  • the graduates of the program should possess competence at the level of the trained medical assistant, with adequate knowledge in the scientific foundation, critical thinking skills, and strong ethical principles.
  • the program faculty and students hold sacred the dignity and worth of all people regardless of race, creed, sex, disadvantage, disability status, or social status.
  • becoming a professional Registered Medical Assistant is a noble objective, worthy of intense effort.
  • the belief that students should be enabled and encouraged to strive to continue their education after graduation from the Medical Assisting Program.

Medical assistants are trained in a variety of skills in their job and are cross trained to perform many administrative, clinical and laboratory duties. Below is a quick overview of the types of tasks a medical assistant does during a typical workday. (Duties vary from office to office depending on location, size, and specialty.)

  • Administrative: schedule and receive patients, perform telephone and written communications, arrange hospital admissions, manage medical records, process insurance forms, keep office financial records, and maintain inventory.
  • Clinical: prepare patient for examinations, record medical histories, obtain vital signs, chart patient information, administer medications and injections, provide patient instruction and education, venipuncture, collect and prepare specimens for examination, perform electrocardiograms, sterilize instruments and perform basic laboratory procedures.
  • General:  project a professional manner and image, adhere to legal and ethical principles, use medical terminology effectively, and use effective and correct verbal and written communication.
This program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of overall health for their patients. The Medical Assisting graduate will become an integral member of the health care delivery system, qualified by education and experience to work in the administrative office, the examining room, and the physician’s laboratory. The curriculum includes intensive course work in the supporting sciences and specific diagnostics and therapeutics. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning opportunities in the skills laboratory on campus as well as at clinical sites in area physician’s offices, outpatient clinics, urgent care facilities, and hospitals. Students enrolled in the program are required to achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the Medical Assisting courses. MA Diploma can only be awarded to students who have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher at graduation. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for national certification exams offered through the American Medical Technologist Association to be awarded the credential of Registered Medical Assistant; thus, allowing graduates to quickly enter the workforce. The many different roles assumed in this profession ensures a fast moving and challenging career.

Upon completion of the Medical Assisting Program, the student can:

  1. demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of an entry-level Medical Assistant.
  2. demonstrate appropriate and effective communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, written, and technological) with patients, patient’s family and/or significant others and members of the health care team.
  3. demonstrate clinical decision-making, problem solving, and critical thinking skills related to Medical Assisting through analysis and integration of knowledge and information to formulate clinical judgments.
  4. perform essential clinical/administrative and laboratory skills at job-entry level.
  5. recognize situations beyond one’s knowledge and experience and seek consultation from appropriate resources.
MAI 105 Introduction to Medical Assisting Introduces rights, roles, responsibilities and functions of the medical assistant including personal and professional awareness, communication, interpersonal relationships, psychological concepts, ethics and legalities Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).
MAI 125 Medical Assisting Laboratory Techniques I Introduces theory and practical application in the physician's office laboratory including anatomy and physiology, patient preparation, specimen collection and transport, processing and testing, blood collection and prevention of disease transmission. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours).
MAI 140 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures I Introduces clinical skills and techniques used in the physician's office for patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Introduces concepts related to electronic health records (EHR). Presents principles and practical applications related to medical asepsis, infection control, vital signs, routine and specialty patient examinations, diagnostic testing, and treatments with an emphasis on OSHA regulations. Integrated Lecture/Lab: 4 credits (90 contact hours).
MAI 155 Medical Assisting Admin Procedures Provides knowledge of the duties required in a medical office with emphasis placed on the ambulatory care environment. Presents procedures in effective communication with patients, physicians, and healthcare professionals. Focuses on completion of medical office forms, financial and insurance claim forms, filing office correspondence, processing medical records, and billing methods. Introduces fundamentals of insurance processing and coding for the medical office, with focus on proper procedures for accurate coding systems using diagnostic and procedural coding systems. Applies application skills with medical office software, including practice management and electronic medical records. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (45 contact hours)
MAI 170 Dosage Calculations Provides a review of basic mathematics skills related to dosage calculations, a thorough knowledge of the systems of measurement and conversion, and application skills to perform dosage calculations. Lecture: 2 credits (30 contact hours).
MAI 200 Pathophysiology for the Medical Assistant Provides instruction related to common acquired diseases, congenital conditions, injuries, illnesses, and trauma situations as related to the major body systems. All Pre-requisites must be achieved with a grade of "C" or greater. Lecture: 3.0 credits (45 contact hours).
MAI 220 Medical Assisting Laboratory Techniques II Relates to laboratory procedures waived complexity testing performed in the physician's office laboratory. Stresses CLIA and OSHA regulations. Lecture: 2 credits (30 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (30 contact hours).
MAI 240 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures II Continues instruction and application techniques for specialty examination, diagnostic testing and treatment modalities. Emphasizes fundamentals and practical applications of minor office surgical procedures. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Lab: 1 credit (45 contact hours).
MAI 270 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant Examines pharmacology with concentration on prescriptions, drug nomenclature, and classification of drugs, patient education, medication preparation and administration. Lecture: 2.0 credits (30 contact hours). Lab: 1.0 credit (45 contact hours).
MAI 281 Clinical Orientation Provides introductory practical experience (unpaid) through observation and work assignments in a healthcare setting. Clinical: 1 credit (60 contact hours).
MAI 284 Medical Assistant Externship Allows the student to apply knowledge, perform administrative and clinical procedures, and develop professional attitudes for interacting with other professionals and consumers in the health care field by means of externship assignments (unpaid). Practicum: 2.0 - 3.0 credits (120-180 contact hours).
MAI 289 Medical Assisting Assessment Preparation Prepares student to assume the role of the Medical Assistant by preparing them for successful credentialing while providing the opportunity to apply critical thinking, cognitive skills and performance competencies. Laboratory: 1.0-2.0 credit hours (30-60 contact hours)

General Education/Technical Courses: (May be taken during any semester.)

  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • BIO 135 or BIO 137 and BIO 139
  • CPR 100
  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • CIT 105 Introduction to Computers

Transportation to the physician’s offices for externship hours is the responsibility of each student.

Uniform Costs
Uniform Student Cost (Estimate)
Royal blue scrub bottoms/skirt $18
Royal blue scrub top $18
Royal blue scrub jacket $25
White undershirt (long-sleeve or short-sleeve) $20
White leather shoes $60
Stethoscope $60
TOTAL $201
Other Fees and Their Costs
Other Fee Student Cost (Estimate)
Tuition See Tuition & Costs.
Textbooks $700
Professional Liability Insurance $11/per semester (included in course charges)
Drug Screen/Background Check $100
RMA Exam via AMT $140


Immunizations can vary based on student needs. Below is a list of required immunizations that students will need prior to going on externship. A student may also choose to have titer testing performed if immunization records are not available.

  • DTaP
  • Flu
  • Hep B (3 doses)
  • MMR
  • Tdap (every 10 years)
  • Varicella (2 doses)
  • 2-step TB Skin Test or QuantiFERON®-TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus)

Estimated Cost for Immunizations: $300

*The estimates listed above are subject to change.

Step 2: Admission Checklist

Complete the following before you apply to Medical Assisting program. If you need assistance, please see one of our Care Center Advisors.

  1. Apply to SCC
    • A student enrolling at a KCTCS college for the first time must submit an application for admission through the Admission’s Office. Students who are re-entering a KCTCS college after being out for one or more semesters should complete an application for readmission. The application for college admission is not an application to the Medical Assisting Program. That will be covered in another section.
  2. Transcripts
    • Freshmen entering a college for the first time will be required to send an official copy of their high school transcript, GED, or state approved high school equivalency to the admission office of the college they plan to attend. Official high school transcripts submitted to KCTCS may be shared with all KCTCS Colleges.  In addition, applicants entering with transfer credit must have an official transcript from each college attended forwarded to the admission office of the College they plan to attend. Official transcripts submitted to KCTCS may be shared with all KCTCS Colleges.
  3. ACT Score
    • ACT or other approved methods of assessment and placement must be on file at KCTCS.
  4. GPA
    • Preferred 2.0 or higher.
  5. Financial Assistance
    • FASFA must be completed for the semester.
  6. Pre-Admission Conference
    • Complete Medical Assisting Pre-Admission Conference (online or in-person).

Selective Admissions Point System

Acceptance into the MA Program is based on Selective Admission Review.

Points for General Application Steps and Entry Requirements
Item Points
Official Transcripts on file at the admissions office 1
GPA 2.0 or higher 1
New SCC (met with Care Center Advisor) 1
High School Senior letter from guidance counselor 1
High School Dual Credit 1
MAI 170 Dosage Calculations (Grade “C” or higher) 1
Completed Medical Assisting Pre-admission conference (on-line or in person) 1
CNA Certification or completion of NAA 100 Nursing Assistant Skills I 1
PHB 151 Phlebotomy 1
Points for ACT Scores or Proof of College Equivalency Testing
ACT Score or Equivalency Points
ACT English 16 or higher 1
ACT Reading 16 or higher 1
ACT Math 16 or higher, or completed Math 061 or higher 1
Points for Support Studies not required to apply or begin
Course Points
MAT 061 or higher A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
ENG 101 (Writing I) A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
AHS 115 (Medical Terminology) OR MIT 103 (Medical Office Terminology) OR CLA 131 (Medical Terminology from Greek to Latin) A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
BIO 135 (Basic Anatomy & Physiology) OR BIO 137 and BIO 139 with labs A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
CIT 105 (Digital Literacy) A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
FYE 100 OR FYE 105 A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
CPR 100 (American Heart Association) OR KHP 190 (First Aid & Emergency Care) A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
Points for Non-support Studies
Course Points
MIT 104 Medical Insurance A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
MIT 217 Medical Office Procedures A = 3; B = 2; C = 1
MIT 228 Electronic Medical Record A = 3; B = 2; C = 1

Program Orientation

An in-person, mandatory program orientation will be required prior to classes starting. Date to be announced.

Step 3: Complete THE Online Application

Medical Assisting Online Application

Location and Contact Information

Somerset Community College
Laurel North Campus
Building 3
100 University Drive
London, KY 40741

Program Contact

Debra Elam

Medical Assisting

Program Coordinator

(606) 878-4778

Program Contact

Dr. Ron Meade

Health Sciences


(606) 451-6842

Program Contact

Tina Meier

Medical Assisting

Clinical Coordinator

(606) 878-4738

Program Contact

Miranda McQueen

Health Sciences

Administrative Assistant

(606) 878-4831