What is Medical Assisting?
A key member of a health care team who works in the administrative office, examining room, and laboratory. You are a vital liaison between doctor and patient and play an important role in diagnosis and treatment.
What will I do on the job?
Schedule and monitor appointments, arrange hospital and outpatient admissions, manage medical records, process insurance claims, and manage office financial records. What medical and technical tasks would I perform? In the clinical area, you:
- Prepare patients for exams, procedures, and treatments
- Assist with physical examinations
- Record medical histories
- Take vital signs
- Chart patient information
- Administer medications and injections
- Perform electrocardiograms
- Assist with minor office surgeries
- Perform venipuncture
- Collect and prepare specimens
- Perform basic laboratory tests
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 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?
You can earn a degree and diploma in medical assisting. You'll be prepared to take the certification exam of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). We also offer the following certificates under Medical Assisting:
- Medical Office Administrative Assistant (17-20 credit hours)
- Medical Office Insurance Billing and Coding (18-20 credit hours)
- Electrocardiograph Technician (11-18 credit hours)
Admission Requirements (for Medical Assisting Diploma)
- Student must meet the minimum ACT or equivalent score requirements
- It is preferred, but not required, that general education and support courses be completed prior to program admission
- A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved on all program required courses
- Attend Pre-Admission Conference
The Medical Assisting Diploma and GO/TS degree is offered on the Maysville and Rowan campuses. All certificates except ECG Tech can be earned on the Maysville, Rowan, and Licking Valley campuses. ECG Tech is only offered on the Maysville and Rowan campuses.
Length of Program
With additional courses, you can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
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.
The Maysville Community & Technical College, Maysville & Rowan Campus, Medical Assisting Diploma Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
The Medical Assisting program at Maysville Community & Technical College has an average retention rate of 83% for the past five years.